Johnny Hallyday's children start battle over father's will

Lawyers for Laura Smet, daughter of late French rock singer Johnny Hallyday, from the left, Pierre-Olivier Sur, Herve Temime and Emmanuel Ravanas arrive at the courtroom in Nanterre, outside Paris, Friday March 30, 2018. In Friday's hearing, Johnny Hallyday's eldest children, are asking that the inheritance of their late father be frozen amid a legacy battle with their step-mother. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Verbals shots have been exchanged in court between the lawyers of the children and of the widow of Johnny Hallyday _ who are in a legal battle over the late French rock legend's will

NANTERRE, France — Lawyers for the children of the late French rock singer Johnny Hallyday have started to contest the will that leaves everything to his widow.

Hallyday's eldest children are contesting the document that bequeaths his property and artistic rights "exclusively" to his widow, Laeticia Hallyday, 43.

A hearing was held Friday at a tribunal near Paris at the request of Hallyday's eldest children, David Hallyday, 51, and Laura Smet, 34.

They want their late father's inheritance to their step-mother — Hallyday's fourth wife — to be frozen.

The court decision is expected at a later date.

The hearing had been postponed after the children's lawyers said basic documents were missing.

Hallyday — dubbed the "French Elvis" — died last December.

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