PARIS: French singer and composer Georges Moustaki, whose romantic ballads including the 1958 hit “Milord” won him global fame, died on Thursday at the age of 79, his entourage said. Born on May 3, 1934 to an immigrant European Jewish couple who had settled in Egypt, Moustaki - whose real name was Giuseppe Mustacchi - penned some 300 songs, marked by their poetic and haunting quality. “He died early in the morning at 6:00 a.m. after a long illness. He passed away peacefully,” a close friend said.–AFP