Erik Satie

French composer Erik Satie (1866 – 1925) lived in Arcueil near Paris and he is buried at the local cemetery. The City Council is planning some projects to mark the composer’s 150th anniversary. In the debate an elected National Front councilor, Denis Truffaut, has strongly criticized the memory of Erik Satie by treating him as ‘hypocritical’, ‘coward’, ‘illuminated’, ‘mediocre’ and ‘alcoholic’. For the right-wing politician there is no way to spend money for the musician. The statements stunned the other members of council and some of them said, Truffaut’s intervention shows a « lack of culture » and the « rejection of the culture. »

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