If Michael Jackson or Madonna were sick in a hospital in Paris, it’s safe to say that most of France would take notice; but when the “French Elvis” Johnny Hallyday comes to Los Angeles for a tricky operation at Cedars-Sinai, no local press seemed to notice. Meanwhile dozens of French and European news outlets haven taken up residence outside of Cedars awaiting word on Hallyday’s condition. Who is Johnny Hallyday and why hasn’t the French music superstar’s popularity crossed the Atlantic to American audiences?
Annick Cojean, correspondent for Le Monde
Valerie Cantie, correspondent in Los Angeles for Radio France