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January 16, 2019

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Celine Dion receives warm welcome in French capital on European tour

Celine Dion at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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Celine Dion, right, with violinist Lindsey Stirling, attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

2016 BBMAs: Celine Dion

Celine Dion, with her son Rene-Charles, 15, attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Celine Dion

Our Caesars Palace headliner superstar Celine Dion has arrived in strike-torn Paris, France, to a loving welcome from hundreds of her fans camped outside her hotel the Royal Monceau.

Celine flew to Europe with her son Rene-Charles, 15, and her 5-year-old twin boys Nelson and Eddy. It is her first return visit to Europe since her world tour in 2013. Her concerts, which begin in Belgium on Monday, take her to Antwerp, then 11 sold-out shows in the French capital.

Security was heavy as she left her hotel, but she broke away to sign autographs and pose for selfies with fans who had waited overnight to catch a glimpse of the Colosseum headliner for the first time since husband and longtime manager Rene Angelil died here in January.

Their outpouring of love visibly touched Celine, who wore all black save for silver lapels, as she went back to her limousine near tears. Her tour also takes her home to Montreal for the first time since Rene’s funeral, where she will perform 10 shows, then four shows in Quebec City before returning here.

“She’s thrown herself into work to ease the pain of his death,” one of her friends told me. The tour is to promote her new French-language CD, due for release in August, that was recorded here at Studio at the Palms.

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