French author and songwriter Jacques Lanzmann died today (June 21) in Paris at the age of 79.

French author and songwriter Jacques Lanzmann died today (June 21) in Paris at the age of 79.

A journalist and author of around 40 novels, Lanzmann also wrote lyrics to more than 150 songs.

His fruitful collaboration with 60's French megastar Jacques Dutronc generated a string of major hits such as "Et Moi, et moi, et Moi", "Les Cactus" and "Il est Cinq Heures, Paris s'éveille."

In a statement, French minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres commented, "With him goes a major character of our post-war culture."

Lanzmann, who was born in 1927 in the Paris suburb Bois-Colombes, was still writing into his later days. He recently teamed up with French Star Academy 2003 winner Elodie Frégé, whose second album will be released this summer.