November 18, 2016 / 3:13 AM / 2 years ago

Brussels honors French singer Polnareff by dressing up Manneken Pis

French singer Michel Polnareff sings at an open air concert at the Eiffel Tower marking Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, late July 14, 2007. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brussels honored French singer Michel Polnareff by dressing up the Manneken Pis, the Belgian capital’s iconic bronze statue of a boy urinating, in one of the singer’s exuberant stage costumes.

“I love it. I love it. It’s great fun,” Polnareff, who has sold around 60 million records during his 50-year career, told Reuters after the unveiling on Thursday night.

Polnareff, 72, rose to prominence in 1966 with the song “La Poupée qui fait non” (“The Doll That Says No”), where he was accompanied by future Led Zeppelin band members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

Known for his colorful outfits, Polnareff followed up with many more French chart hits such as ‘Mes regrets’, ‘Le Bal des Laze’ and ‘Lettre à France’ and will perform at Forest National, one of Brussels’ largest concert halls, later on Friday.

Reporting by Clement Rossignol; Editing by Patrick Johnston & Simon Cameron-Moore

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