Thursday, 28 June 2018

France-Argentina: not just football

Photo: Sebastien Langloys
On Saturday 30th June les Blues of France will meet the might of Messi and co in the last 16 of the World Cup. But in Toulouse another transatlantic link will be celebrated when the statue of Carlos Gradel will be unveiled. Those lovers of dance among our readers will know that Senor Gradel is the undisputed "king of the Argentine tango". But not a lot of people know that he was born in Toulouse as plain Charles Guardes in1890 and died in an air crash in 1935.
He achieved worldwide fame as a dancer and singer before his untimely death. Toulouse city council commissioned local sculptor Sebastien Langloys to make the statue, which will be unveiled by chance it would appear on the day France meet Argentina.
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