Rocker plans return after murdering girlfriend

Rocker plans return after murdering girlfriend
Bertrand Cantat performs on stage during the first day of the Eurockeennes music festival in June 2012. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP
After spending four years behind bars for the murder his girlfriend, Bertrand Cantat, the former frontman of the French rock band Noir Désir is planning a musical comeback. In November, the disgraced rocker plans to release his first solo album.

Nothing, it seems, could deter Noir Désir's former frontman Bertrand Cantat from pursuing his musical career – not even a murder conviction. 

The controversial rocker was sentenced to eight years in jail in 2004 for murdering his girlfriend, the 41-year-old actress and mother of four, Marie Trintignant. He was released in 2007 after four years behind bars and remained on parole until 2010.

This week, almost five years after he walked out of prison, he made the shock announcement that he intends to release his first solo album in November.

According to reports, Cantat beat Trintignant to death during an argument over a text message in a hotel room in Lithuania. Cantat apparently waited hours before raising the alarm and Trintignant died several days later in hospital in a coma.

During the trial, Cantat insisted that her fatal head injuries were caused when she hit her head on a radiator but was eventually convicted by a Lithuanian court of murder with indirect intent.

After being freed the rocker was then banned from speaking publically about the case as well as from publishing any related work or recording.

But, following guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay’s decision to leave the group due to “emotional, personal and musical disagreements”, the band finally split in November 2010. 

Whether his new solo album will prove to be a hit has yet to be seen, and, as the tenth anniversary of Trintignant’s murder approaches, Cantat can expect a backlash from feminist and anti-domestic violence groups.

Trintignant's father is the award winning actor Jean-Louis Trintignant who was won the 2012 best actor gong at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the Michael Haneke film Amour.

The actor has already expressed his outrage at Cantat's attempts to make a return to the music scene.

In 2011 he pulled out of  the Avignon theatre festival after hearing his daughter's murderer had been booked to play two gigs.

At the time he told Le Figaro: "Why can't people understand that there's something terrible in his way of coming back as if nothing has happened."

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