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Iconic French singer France Gall dies at 70


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

Gall shot to fame with her first single ‘Ne sois pas si bête’ (“Don’t Be So Stupid”) which was released on her 16th birthday. From there on, Gall’s fame continued to snowball due to her collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg, notably on tracks ‘N’écoute pas les idoles’ and ‘Laisse tomber les filles’.

However, Gall’s relationship with Gainsbourg came to an end when she claimed she was too young to fully understand the double meanings of some of his songs.

In 1965, Gall won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Luxembourg with the performance of her Gainsbourg’s ‘Poupée de cire, poupée de son’. The song “had a significant impact on the musical style of songs that were entered into the contest in the years that followed,” Eurovision Song Contest said in a statement.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “She leaves behind songs that everyone in France knows and set an example of a life devoted to others.”

After retiring from music and defeating breast cancer, Gall spent the final years of her life working on various humanitarian projects.