Johnny Hallyday was the most-Googled person in France in 2017, with searches soaring after the rock singer’s death on 5 December to overtake those for any other celebrity throughout the whole year. Judging by searches for “how to become”, French people aspired to be rich, self-employed, MPs, beautiful and/or estate agents.
Although Johnny Hallyday was not a great star outside the Francophone world, his death sparked an outpouring of emotion in France.
It also sent his millions of French fans to their keyboards to Google fond memories of their idol, the latest tributes from fellow musicians, journalists and politicians and news of last weekend’s official commemoration ceremony.
“Maëlys”, the name of a girl who went missing in central France, was the second-most searched term, followed by this year’s presidential election.
In a year that saw an eventful presidential election, followed by parliamentary polls, politics was also high in the “how to” list, although in a peculiar fashion, the second-most popular search being how to cast a blank vote.
It was beaten, however, by “how to make slime”, the viscous product popular among schoolkids. Read more