France Gall is a French yé-yé singer, born in Paris on 9 October 1947. She was a legendary French pop star who transformed herself from a sexy cartoon to a sophisticated singer of adult themed pop songs. After a career as a teenybopper in the ’60s crowned by two giant hits Serge Gainsbourg wrote for her – the Eurovision Song Contest winner “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” and the innuendo drenched “Les Sucettes” – Gall quit the music business.
In 1974, after meeting and marrying songwriter and producer Michel Berger, she resumed her career and became a beloved figure in the world of chanson. When Berger died suddenly in 1992, Gall moved to Los Angeles and has been semi-retired ever since, appearing only at special events and finally moving to Senegal in 2000.
A long-term breast cancer survivor, Gall died, aged 70, of an infection after a two-year battle with a cancer of undisclosed primary origin, at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 7 January 2018.