French star Sophie Marceau to sing on China's TV New Year gala
BEIJING (AFP) - French actress Sophie Marceau was to sing "La Vie En Rose" on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's New Year gala Thursday, a show watched by hundreds of millions of people.
The hugely popular programme ushers in the week-long holiday for the Year of the Horse, which begins on Friday, and state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said that last year's edition had 750 million viewers in China alone.
For 24 years it featured Ms Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is a soprano singer with the rank of army general. She retired from the show shortly after her husband joined the Politburo in 2007.
"This is a way to thank my Chinese fans, who are super-loyal," Marceau told AFP in Beijing ahead her appearance.