ArmInfo. In the days of farewell to the great chansonnier Charles Aznavour, the Pour Toi, France initiative group including citizens of Armenia, France, Russia and the USA was established to implement a project on building a monument to Aznavour, which will be presented to France on behalf of the entire Armenian people.
As one of the project initiators told ArmInfo, Armenians from all over the world will participate in the building of the monument, which will highlight its importance for the Armenian people and the gratitude to France for the great chansonnier. According to the interlocutor, the project implementation process is planned to be organized in four stages. An international competition for the best sketch of the monument will be held headed by a professional jury, family members and friends of Aznavour. A popular vote will also take place. At the second stage, it is planned to start raising funds, including through various mechanisms - co-financing, partnership, sponsorship. Then the stage of building the monument will begin and by the anniversary of Aznavour's death the organizers of the initiative intend to organize the ceremony of donating the monument to the French people and installing it in France. The great chansonnier, composer, poet, writer and actor Charles Aznavour died on October 2 in the age of 94. The world lost one of the symbols of the twentieth century. ''Being a citizen of the world and representing French culture, Aznavour always remained the son of the Armenian people. It was natural for him to be both French and Armenian at the same time. It is this essence that gave rise to the great humanist, who has no national identity. At the same time, Aznavour at every opportunity noted his Armenian origin and did a lot for the benefit of his historic homeland. We, the Armenians, will always treat him with special love and pride, "the initiative group's statement reads. The letter notes the confidence that there will be a lot of people willing to participate in the creation of the monument to Aznavour. Therefore, the initiative group decided that if more funds than needed are raised they will be donated for charity, in particular, to the Aznavour Foundation, which for many years has been implementing humanitarian projects in Armenia and France. The initiative has already been supported by the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia. The details of the project of the Pour Toi, France initiative group will be published soon on a separate site, as well as in social networks.