Montand exhumed in paternity row

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A Paris court ordered the exhumation of the actor-singer Yves Montand, who died in 1991, for a paternity test, saying DNA tests must be done.

Aurore Drossart, 22, and her mother, Anne, who was Montand's companion in the 1970s, filed a paternity suit in the 1980s. Montand refused to undergo a DNA test; in 1994, a lower court ruled that Ms Drossart was his daughter, on the basis of resemblance and testimony by witnesses. Catherine Allegret, daughter of Montand's first wife, the actress Simone Signoret, appealed against that ruling. A subsequent genetic comparison between Montand's sister and Ms Drossart was inconclusive.

Reuters, Paris

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