French concert promoter Jacques Renault died Dec. 13 of cancer. He was 58.

French concert promoter Jacques Renault died Dec. 13 of cancer. He was 58.

Renault was chief executive and partner in concert production company Corida and director of Paris' 1,500-seat venue La Cigale. Corida is also a management company and a music publisher.

In 1978, Renault opened Paris' Les Bains, which became acknowledged as the hippest nightclub in the city. With his associate Assaad Debs, Renault acquired the La Cigale cinema in 1986; the venue was redecorated by French designer Philippe Stark and transformed into a well-respected mid-size concert hall.

Corida also operates two smaller venues in Paris, La Boule Noire and Le Trabendo. Eric Clapton, Simply Red, Mark Knopfler and Ben Harper are among the international acts promoted in France by Corida.

At the time of his death, Renault was managing acts such as Manu Chao, Zebda and Rita Misouko. Corida is expected to continue operating. This summer, former EMI continental Europe president Emmanuel de Buretel acquired shares in the company and became involved in its management.