Singer France Gall dies aged 70
French singer France Gall, who achieved international fame when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, has died on Sunday morning (Jan. 7) in Paris at the age of 70.
The singer had been hospitalised in December. She had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, one year after her husband and fellow singer Michel Berger died from a heart attack.
Her spokeswoman Genevieve Salama announced the death and said the singer had fought a breast cancer “with dignity” over the past two years.
Gall’s international breakthrough came in 1965 when she won the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Luxembourg with a song by Serge Gainsbourg, “Poupée de cire, poupée de son (“Wax Doll, Rag Doll”). The single sold 16,000 copies in France the day after her win, and more than half a million copies within four months.
Gall was married to French songwriter Michel Berger, another prominent French songwriter, with whom she had two children.
After her husband died in 1992, Gall began to withdraw from public life, giving very few concerts. A year later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Four years later, in 1997, her daughter Pauline died of cystic fibrosis.
After that, Gall’s withdrawal from public view was virtually complete, but in 2015 she reappeared with the musical “Résiste.”
Also French President Emmanuel Macron gave a tribute to Gall on Twitter, saying that “she leaves behind songs that are familiar to all French people and the example of a life devoted to others.”