Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

French Pop Icon France Gall Dies

French Pop Icon France Gall Dies

French singer France Gall, who shot to fame in the 1960s, has died aged 70.

Her agent Genevieve Salama told The Associated Press that the singer, with her signature blond bangs, round face and young voice, died of cancer in the Paris region.

Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen wrote, "timeless icon of the French chanson".

He also wrote her hit "Les Sucettes", which Gall later admitted she didn't understand the double-entendre lyrics when she recorded it, and vowed never to work with him again (or sing "Les Sucettes") after.

"Gainbourg was also the writer for many of her early hits, including "Poupee De Cire, Pou" pee De Son" ("Wax Doll, Rag Doll"), which won the 1965 Eurovision song contest and brought her fame outside her home country. She had another major global hit in 1987 with the album Babacar - including the song Ella, elle l'a, her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald - with music and lyrics by her husband and musical partner Michel Berger, who died in 1992 aged 44. Gall retired from public performance following the death of her daughter in 1997.

Gall, who was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 2013, is survived by her companion, musician and producer Bruck Dawit, and by her son, Raphael, 36, with Berger.

President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement: "France Gall has travelled through the ages thanks to her sincerity and generosity".

Sinatra's hit was an English adaptation of the 1968 song "Comme d'Habitude" which was written by French glam-rocker Francois about his break-up with the Parisian singer.

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