By Thomas Martin
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Five years after his death, Bernard Schmitt, Jacques Rouveyrollis and Roger Abriol publish, traveling companions of Johnny Hallydaypublish Johnny Hallyday – Private Access in which they mention in particular the backstage at concerts. But not only…Like this accident of the singer driving at a crazy speed in the heart of Paris.
At 160km/h on the quays of Paris in a Ferrari
In an interview with Bernard Schmitt, the director, in the Sunday newspaper, this Sunday, December 4, 2022, we learn how Jacques Chirac, then mayor of Paris, helped his friend after a mishap that could have gone wrong. Car fan, Johnny Hallyday was then offered a Ferrari.
His followers tell the rest: “in the evening, after the day of filming, he wanted to show us his skills as a pilot. We were turning towards Bercy. Johnny takes us to the docks at 160 km/h. But, taken by the rain, the car skids on a small square and fits into a gate: it was the Ministry of the Interior! »
They continue: “Furibard, Johnny leaves the cabin and demands a telephone from the guards, distraught”. And he does not call anyone: Jacques Chirac in person. « He was yelling on the phone but his interlocutor, very understanding, reassured him: » Don’t move, Johnny, I’ll take care of everything. » »
Jacques Chirac would then have called the Minister of the Interior at the time, who was Pierre Joxe, to settle the matter.
“A police tow truck arrived a quarter of an hour later to drop off the Ferrari at the Neuilly garage where, a few hours earlier, the dealer had seen it leave brand new! Then a car of cops brought us back to Johnny’s.
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