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1. France – France, officially the French Republic, is a country with territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European, or metropolitan, area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, Overseas France include French Guiana on the South American continent and several island territories in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. France spans 643,801 square kilometres and had a population of almost 67 million people as of January 2017. It is a unitary republic with the capital in Paris. Other major urban centres include Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Toulouse, during the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The area was annexed in 51 BC by Rome, which held Gaul until 486, France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years War strengthening state-building and political centralisation. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a colonial empire was established. The 16th century was dominated by civil wars between Catholics and Protestants. France became Europes dominant cultural, political, and military power under Louis XIV, in the 19th century Napoleon took power and established the First French Empire, whose subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War, the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, was formed in 1958 and remains to this day. Algeria and nearly all the colonies became independent in the 1960s with minimal controversy and typically retained close economic. France has long been a centre of art, science. It hosts Europes fourth-largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and receives around 83 million foreign tourists annually, France is a developed country with the worlds sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, France remains a great power in the world, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a member state of the European Union and the Eurozone. It is also a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, originally applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name France comes from the Latin Francia, or country of the Franks
2. Patricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas is a French singer an actress. Her music is a mix of pop, cabaret, jazz, since the appearance of her 1988 debut album, Mademoiselle chante. Kaas has sold over 17 million records worldwide and she had her greatest success in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Finland, Ukraine, and Korea with her third album Je te dis vous. In 2002, Kaas made her debut in And now. Ladies and Gentlemen with Jeremy Irons and she represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, and finished in eighth place. Patricia Kaas was born as the youngest of her family on 5 December 1966 in Forbach, Lorraine, France and her father, Joseph Kaas, was a French Germanophone and her mother, Irmgard, was a German citizen from Saar. Kaas grew up in Stiring-Wendel, between Forbach and Saarbrücken on the French side of the border, until the age of six she spoke only Lorraine Franconian. Her mother encouraged Kaas to become a singer at a young age. Her first great success came when she received first place at a pop song contest, Kaas took her first step into the professional music business at the age of 13, when, with the help of her brother Egon, she signed a contract with the Saarbrücken Club Rumpelkammer. Kaas took the name Pady Pax, after the brass band Pax Majorettes from Stiring-Wendel, of which she and her sister Carine were members, at 16 she took a placement with a model agency in Metz. Her first attempts to break into the business once and for all initially failed, however. Kaas producer at this time was the architect Bernard Schwartz, in 1985, Kaas was dax sponsored by the French actor Gérard Depardieu at the age of 19. Schwartz saw her singing at the Rumpelkammer in Saarbrücken and introduced her to the songwriter François Bernheim, Bernheim worked with her and convinced Depardieu to produce her music. Depardieu produced Kaas first single Jalouse, written by Bernheim and Depardieus wife Elisabeth, the single was published by EMI, but was a flop. Nonetheless, her encounter with Depardieu was one of the most important events in the beginning of Kaas artistic career, through Jalouse and Bernheim the French songwriter Didier Barbelivien became aware of Kaas. His song Mademoiselle chante le blues was the singers first big hit, the single was published in 1987 by Polydor, and reached 7th place in the French singles chart. The next year Kaas second single DAllemagne was recorded, written by Barbelivien, shortly afterwards Kaas first album Mademoiselle chante. was produced. It reached 2nd place in the French album charts and stayed there for two months, remaining in the Top 10 for 64 weeks and 118 weeks in the top 100, shortly after its appearance the album went gold in France and after three months it went platinum
3. Amanda Lear – Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model. Lear grew up in the south of France and in Switzerland and she began her professional career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and went on to model for Paco Rabanne and Ossie Clark among others. Around that time she met the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and would remain his closest friend, Lear first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Musics album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Lears first four albums earned her popularity, charting in the Top 10 on European charts. Her biggest hits included Blood and Honey, Tomorrow, Queen of Chinatown, Follow Me, Enigma, in the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many popular TV shows. Amandas 1980s musical output saw her experimenting with different genres and trying to revive her career by re-recording earlier hits to various levels of success, 1980s also saw her release two books, an autobiography My Life with Dalí and a novel LImmortelle. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, movies and painting, despite frequent album releases, she failed to achieve success on charts with her music. However, her career remained successful, with Lear hosting numerous prime time TV shows, occasionally making guest appearances in French. She has also performed acting and dubbing roles in independent as well as major film productions, in the late 2000s Lear would reinvent herself as a theatrical actress, performing in long-running stage plays in France. To date, she has sold over 25 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide, Lear is also a widely recognized gay icon. Lears origins are unclear, with the singer herself providing different information about her background, contested facts include her birth date and place, her birth gender, names and nationalities of her parents, and the location of her upbringing. Most sources claim 18 November 1939 to be her date, including GEMA. During a 2010 interview with a French newspaper Libération, Lear presented her identity card to a journalist and this date seems to be age fabrication, as public records show that she began university in September 1964, and that she married in December 1965. She was a child to her parents who later divorced. Most sources, including Lears 1965 wedding certificate, confirm that her father was a French army officer and her mother appears to have had a Russo-Asiatic background. In a 1976 interview with Carmen Thomas for a German television show, Lear confirmed that her father was British and mother was Russian, however, she would later claim her mother had a French background. In her book, April Ashleys Odyssey, she recalls Lear performing drag acts under the stage name Peki dOslo
4. Singing – Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist, Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists, Singers may perform as soloists, or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Singing can be formal or informal, arranged or improvised and it may be done as a form of religious devotion, as a hobby, as a source of pleasure, comfort, or ritual, as part of music education, or as a profession. Excellence in singing requires time, dedication, instruction, and regular practice, if practice is done on a regular basis then the sounds can become more clear and strong. Professional singers usually build their careers around one specific genre, such as classical or rock. They typically take voice training provided by teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers. Though these four mechanisms function independently, they are coordinated in the establishment of a vocal technique and are made to interact upon one another. During passive breathing, air is inhaled with the diaphragm while exhalation occurs without any effort, exhalation may be aided by the abdominal, internal intercostal and lower pelvis/pelvic muscles. Inhalation is aided by use of external intercostals, scalenes and sternocleidomastoid muscles, the pitch is altered with the vocal cords. With the lips closed, this is called humming, humans have vocal folds which can loosen, tighten, or change their thickness, and over which breath can be transferred at varying pressures. The shape of the chest and neck, the position of the tongue, any one of these actions results in a change in pitch, volume, timbre, or tone of the sound produced. Sound also resonates within different parts of the body and an individuals size, Singers can also learn to project sound in certain ways so that it resonates better within their vocal tract. This is known as vocal resonation, another major influence on vocal sound and production is the function of the larynx which people can manipulate in different ways to produce different sounds. These different kinds of function are described as different kinds of vocal registers. The primary method for singers to accomplish this is through the use of the Singers Formant and it has also been shown that a more powerful voice may be achieved with a fatter and fluid-like vocal fold mucosa. The more pliable the mucosa, the more efficient the transfer of energy from the airflow to the vocal folds, Vocal registration refers to the system of vocal registers within the voice. A register in the voice is a series of tones, produced in the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds
5. Dalida – In 1961, she acquired French citizenship upon marriage, while maintaining her original Italian one. Twice honoured with the Oscar mondial du succès du disque, she is the only European singer to have won this more than once. Her 30-year career began in 1956 and ended with her last album in 1986 and her suicide led to an iconic image as a tragic diva and renowned singer. Dalida ranks abong 7 most popular singers of all time and she received more than 70 gold records and was the first singer to receive a platinum and a diamond disc. She sold more than 170 million albums Worldwide, in 1988, Dalida was posthumously honoured by the International Star Registry, with the issuance of a diploma, awarded one year after her death. Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti was born in Cairo, Egypt and she was the middle child between two brothers, Orlando and Bruno. Dalidas early life was spent in the district of Shoubra, where she attended the Scuola Tecnica Commerciale Maria Ausiliatrice, an Italian Catholic school. In 1950, Dalida participated in the Miss Ondine beauty pageant and won the title, and shortly after working as a model for Donna. In 1954, at the age of 20, Dalida competed in and won the Miss Egypt pageant and it was about this time she adopted the name Dalila, which was soon changed to the more familiar Dalida. She learned Egyptian Arabic and French growing up in Cairo, and she later added English, plus conversational-level German and Spanish. When she became a pop and music icon in Japan, she also acquired enough basic Japanese to greet her fans in their own language and she promised to hold the concert again, a promise which she soon fulfilled. Dalidas singing career started in Egypt, when she was discovered by Cherif Kamel, Dalidas quest for a career in French cinema proved to be of limited success. Instead, she began taking singing lessons, and was booked as an act on the Champs-Élysées. Morisse was artistic producer of the popular Radio Europe 1, after signing a recording contract with Barclay, Dalidas debut single Madona was promoted heavily by Morisse, and was a moderate success. The song Bambino echoed everywhere in France and was an even beyond the French frontiers. In the same year, she would also support Charles Aznavour at the Olympia and these classical songs mark the first phase of Dalidas album and maintain their charm even today. Dalida toured extensively from 1958 through the early 1960s, playing dates in France, Egypt, Italy, and her tours of Egypt and Italy spread her fame outside France and Dalida soon became well known throughout Europe. However, she waited too long before entering Americas music scene, in 1961, Dalida performed a month of shows at the Olympia in Paris, with each selling out completely
6. Lorie (singer) – Laure Pester, professionally known as Lorie, is a French singer. Sometimes referred to as the French version of Britney Spears, she has sold over 8 million albums and her first studio album Près de toi was certified triple platinum in France and she followed it with five other certified albums. Lorie is also an actress, who lent her voice for many French versions of movies including Stuart Little 2. She stars in the TF1 TV film De feu et de glace, and guest-starred as a Parisian model on the American soap opera The Young and she has also launched a clothing line, “Lorie”, only found in the Z stores in France. Her contract with Z was over in early 2009, when Lorie heard that producer Axel Brangeon was looking for a young girl that knew how to sing and dance, she immediately auditioned and won the contract. Lorie recorded “Près de moi”, written by Johnny Williams and Louis Element, Williams uploaded the song onto a French website “peoplesound” and the song received 15, 000+ downloads in two months. Thereafter Epic Group Project of Sony Music France signed Lorie, who was eighteen at the time. “Près de moi” was officially released in 2001, accompanied by a popular music video. It was certified Platinum in France for over 500,000 copies sold and its parent album “Près de toi”, released on 30 October 2001, became a triple Platinum recording in France with 1,000, 000+ copies sold. The next singles “Je serai ” and “Toute seule” were also certified Gold, Tendrement, Lorie’s second album, saw the light in 2002 with three commercially successful singles, Jai besoin damour, À20 ans and Sur un air Latino. The album became as successful as “Près de toi” selling over a million copies in Europe. After touring for the promotion of her album, Lorie released a book called “Ma tournée” which sold over 200,000 copies, becoming one of the most successful books ever written by a singer in France. Later, her debut album “Près de toi” would come back to the lights after its release in Japan with new tracks including “Dans mes rêves” which was used in the Évian in which Lorie was starring and she also confirms her relationship with Filipino-American pop-star Billy Crawford. In late 2003, Lorie’s first live album and music DVD come out, come early 2004, “Attitudes” was already out and the singles “Week-end”, “La positive attitude” and “Ensorcelée” were big hits. The album became Platinum in France because it sold over 600,000 copies, Lorie toured again to promote the album. The song “C’est plus fort que moi”, written by Jean-Jacques Goldman, was released in order to support the “Week-End Tour”. In June, Lorie launched her own clothing line, simply entitled “Lorie”. Her contract with Z was cancelled in early 2009, in April 2005, Lorie’s first compilation album “Best Of” was released, including all her singles plus “Toi et moi”, “Les ventres ronds” and the original version of “Quand tu danses”
7. Isabelle Adjani – Isabelle Yasmina Adjani is a French film actress and singer. She is one of the most acclaimed French actresses of all time and she was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2010, and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2014. After success in the Comédie-Française, Adjanis lauded performance as Adele Hugo in the 1975 film The Story of Adele H. earned her the first of two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her second nomination for Camille Claudel made her the first French actress to receive two nominations and she also won Best Actress at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for Possession and Quartet, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival for Camille Claudel. Her other films include The Tenant, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Subway, Diabolique, gusti met Adjanis father, Mohammed Adjani, near the end of World War II, when he was in the French Army. They married and she returned him to Paris, not speaking a word of French. She asked him to take Cherif as his first name as it sounded more American, Isabelle grew up bilingual, speaking French and German fluently, in Gennevilliers, a northwestern suburb of Paris, where her father worked in a garage. She said her parents used their ethnic and cultural differences against each other in arguments, after winning a school recitation contest, Adjani began acting by the age of twelve in amateur theater. She successfully passed her baccalauréat and was auditing classes at the University of Vincennes in 1976, Adjani had a younger brother Éric, who was a photographer. Éric died on 25 December 2010, aged 53, at the age of 14, Adjani starred in her first motion picture, Le Petit bougnat. She first gained fame as an actress at the Comédie française. She was praised for her interpretation of Agnès, the female role in Molières LÉcole des femmes. She soon left the theatre to pursue a film career, after minor roles in several films, she enjoyed modest success in the 1974 film La Gifle, which François Truffaut saw. He immediately cast her in her first major role in his The Story of Adèle H. which he had finished writing five years prior, critics praised her performance, with the American critic Pauline Kael describing her acting talents as prodigious. Only 19 when she made the film, Adjani was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar and she quickly received offers for roles in Hollywood films, such as Walter Hills 1978 crime thriller The Driver. She had previously turned down the chance to star in films like The Other Side of Midnight and she had described Hollywood as a city of fiction and said, Im not an American. I didnt grow up with that will to win an award, Truffaut on the other hand said, France is too small for her. I think Isabelle is made for American cinema and she agreed to make The Driver because she was an admirer of Hills first film Hard Times
8. Barbara (singer) – Monique Andrée Serf, whose stage name was Barbara, was a French singer. She took her name from her grandmother, Varvara Brodsky. Her song LAigle noir sold twenty four thousand in twelve hours, born in Paris to a Jewish family, Barbara was ten years old when she had to go into hiding during the German occupation of France in World War II. After the war ended, a professor of music heard her sing. She was given vocal lessons and taught to play the piano, money was a problem and she gave up her musical studies to sing at La Fontaine des Quatre Saisons, a popular cabaret in Paris. She was deeply scarred by the war and her familys plight, the feelings of emptiness experienced during childhood showed in her songs, particularly Mon Enfance. She said in her autobiography, Il était un piano noir. A tall person, Barbara dressed in black as she sang songs of lost love. From 1950 to 1952, after her fathers desertion of her family, she lived in Brussels, where she became part of an active artistic community. Her painter and writer friends took over an old house, converting it into workshops, however, her career evolved slowly and she struggled constantly to eke out a living. Returning to Paris, she met Jacques Brel and became a lifelong friend, later she met Georges Brassens, whose songs she began to use in her act and to record on her first album. In the 1950s, she sang at some of the clubs and began building a fan base. In 1957, she went back to Brussels to record her first single, dressed in a long black robe, she gave a haunting performance, but the Parisian critics said she lacked naturalness and was stiff and formal in her presentation. She continued to perform at clubs, and two years later at the Théâtre des Capucines she succeeded with the audience and critics alike. From that point on, her career blossomed and she signed a recording contract in 1964 with Philips Records. Influenced originally by songwriters Mireille and Pierre MacOrlan, she developed her own style and the writing of her own songs transformed her image into that of a unique singer-songwriter. In the 1960s, she wrote her song, Ma plus belle histoire damour cest vous. These five songs plus Dis, quand reviendras-tu. were translated into German by Belgian-German singer-songwriter Didier Caesar, the song Göttingen is said to have contributed more to post-war German–French reconciliation than any speech by a politician
9. Nolwenn Leroy – Nolwenn Le Magueresse, known by her stage name Nolwenn Leroy, is a French singer-songwriter, musician and voice actress. Originally classically trained, she rose to fame after winning the season of the French television music competition Star Academy. She has since recorded five albums and scored two number one singles, Cassé and Nolwenn Ohwo. on the French charts. In 2012, her album Bretonne was certified two times diamond for sales exceeding one million copies, Leroy has received numerous awards and nominations. In January 2015, she was ranked 17th on Le Journal du Dimanches 50 Most Loved Celebrities in France, Leroy is fluent in English, having spent a year in the US as an exchange student. She sings in languages, including French, Breton, English and Irish. She has also performed in Italian and Spanish, Leroys parents left Saint-Renan when she was four years old. After living in Paris, Lille, and Guingamp, her mother, Muriel Leroy and her mother divorced from her father, professional footballer Jean-Luc Le Magueresse, in 1993. Nolwenn studied at the Collège des Célestins in Vichy, when Leroy was eleven, her music teacher noticed her musical talents and encouraged her to learn the violin. In July 1998, Leroy was awarded a scholarship by the Vichy Rotary Club to travel to Hamilton, Ohio, while attending Hamilton High School, she took music lessons at the Performing Arts School and became fluent in English during her stay there. When she returned to France, she began classical singing classes at the Vichy music conservatory, in 2001, she enrolled in the University of Clermont-Ferrand to study law for a potential alternative career to music. In 2002, Nolwenn was selected for the season of the show. She was declared the winner, ahead of her fellow finalist, Houcine Camara. Leroys first album, Nolwenn, was released in March 2003 and was certified platinum by November for sales exceeding 300,000 copies, in 2006, the album was certified two times platinum by the Syndicat national de lédition phonographique for more than 600,000 copies sold. Both the album and the hit single Cassé topped the charts in France, three further songs from the album were released as singles, Une Femme cachée, Suivre une étoile and Inévitablement. Leroy went on tour in France, Belgium and Switzerland in late 2003 to promote songs from the album, Leroys second album, Histoires Naturelles, was released on 5 December 2005. It was produced by Laurent Voulzy and Frank Eulry, the albums lead single Nolwenn Ohwo. co-written by Alain Souchon, Voulzy and Leroy herself, topped the French charts. The second single was the track, Histoire Naturelle
10. France Gall – France Gall is a French yé-yé singer. She was married to, and had a singing career in partnership with. Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall was born in Paris on 9 October 1947 and her father, lyricist Robert Gall, penned songs for Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour. Her mother, Cécile Berthier, was a singer herself and the daughter of Paul Berthier, co-founder of Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois, the sole daughter of her family, she had two brothers, Patrice and Claude. In spring 1963, Robert Gall encouraged his daughter to record songs and that July, she auditioned for Bourgeois at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, after which Bourgeois wanted to sign her immediately. France was subsequently signed to Philips, at the time, Bourgeois was working for the label as Artistic Director for Serge Gainsbourg and assumed this role for Gall as well. He encouraged her to four tracks with French jazz musician. The first airplay of Frances first single Ne sois pas si bête and it was released in November and became a hit, selling 200,000 copies. Serge Gainsbourg, who had released albums and written songs for singers including Michèle Arnaud. Gainsbourgs Nécoute pas les idoles became Galls second single, it reached the top of the French charts in March 1964, at the same time, Gall made her live debut, opening for Sacha Distel in Belgium. Elaborate orchestrations by Alain Goraguer blended styles, permitting her to navigate between jazz, childrens songs, and anything in between, examples of this mixed-genre style included Jazz à gogo and Mes premières vraies vacances. Gall and Gainsbourgs association produced many popular singles, continuing through the summer of 1964 with the hit song Laisse tomber les filles followed by Christiansen by Datin-Vidalin, Gainsbourg also secretly recorded Galls laughter to use on Pauvre Lola, a track on his 1964 album Gainsbourg Percussions. Having previously resisted, Gall gave in to her managers at the end of 1964 and recorded a single intended for children. The song Sacré Charlemagne, written by her father, and set to the music of George Liferman, was a hit in 1965, selling 2,000,000 copies, Gall was then selected to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest 1965. Out of the 10 songs proposed to her, she chose Gainsbourgs Poupée de cire, — the song impressed the jury and it took the Grand Prix. Success at Eurovision ensured that Gall became even more known outside Europe and she recorded Poupée de cire, poupée de son in French, German, Italian, and Japanese. There appears to be no English version released by France Gall herself, in 1965, Gall toured France for several months with Le Grand Cirque de France, a combination of radio show and live circus. Her singles continued to successfully, including the Gainsbourg-penned Attends ou va-ten