Famous French Pop Singers

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Vanessa Paradis
(Singer, Model and Actress)

Vanessa Paradis
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Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

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Serge Gainsbourg
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Birthdate: February 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 2, 1991
French musician, singer, and actor Serge Gainsbourg had experimented with a variety of music forms, such as jazz, pop, and reggae. Renowned for songs such as Bonnie and Clyde, he also included sexual overtones in his lyrics. He had also acted in and directed films and written a short novel.

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Christine and the Queens
(Pop Singer Known for Her Unique Fusion of Music, Art, and Performance)

Christine and the Queens
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Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Hélöise Letissier, also known as Christine and the Queens and Chris, often challenges gender stereotypes through her music. The queer electropop and indie artist was inspired by drag queens in London, after she quit theater school following a break-up. Known for her chart-busting debut album, Chaleur humaine, she identifies as pansexual.

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Claudine Longet
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Birthdate: January 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
French singer Claudine Georgette Longet gained fame with Billboard-charting singles such as Here, There and Everywhere. She was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Olympic skier Vladimir 'Spider' Sabich, in 1976 and later convicted of negligent homicide. She has remained away from the media ever since.

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Alizee
(Singer)

Alizee
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Birthdate: August 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France

Starting out as a dancer at an early age, Alizee later mastered singing and even stepped into acting. The French singer first gained attention with the talent show Graines de Star and the track Moi...Lolita and later created hits such as L'Alizé. In 2001, she was the highest-selling French female singer.

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Barbara Pravi
(Singer-songwriter)

Barbara Pravi
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Birthdate: April 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Barbara Pravi is a French actress, singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, she has contributed immensely to the success of popular artists like Jaden Smith, Julie Zenatti, Yannick Noah, and Chimène Badi. She also contributed to the success of Valentina Tronel, composing J'imagine which helped Valentina win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

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Johnny Hallyday
(One of the Best-Selling Artists in the World Credited for Bringing 'Rock and Roll' to France)

Johnny Hallyday
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Birthdate: June 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France
Died: December 5, 2017

Regarded as France’s first rock star, Jean-Philippe Léo Smet, better known as Johnny Hallyday, had a phenomenal career, with 5 diamond, 40 golden, and 22 platinum albums. He was also always in the news for his flamboyant lifestyle, his many romances, his five marriages, and his love for cocaine and racing.  

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Aya Nakamura
(Singer)

Aya Nakamura
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Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamako, Mali

Born in Mali, Aya Nakamura grew up in France, later becoming a multi-platinum French singer. Born Aya Coco Danioko, she took up the stage name Nakamura, after the Heroes character Hiro Nakamura. Known for her smash hit Djadja, she often mixes pop with Afrobeat & RnB sounds.

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Bilal Hassani
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Birthdate: September 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

Bilal Hassani is a French YouTuber, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international recognition in 2019 when he represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. He managed to score 105 points in the Eurovision final, finishing 16th. In 2019, he was also honored at the NRJ Music Awards with the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year award.

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Maurice Chevalier
(French Singer Best Known for His Signature Songs: "Livin' In The Sunlight", "Valentine", "Louise" and "Mimi")

Maurice Chevalier
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Birthdate: September 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1972
Best remembered for the song Valentine and the musical Gigi, French musician Maurice Chevalier not only fought in World War I, but was also injured and later imprisoned. During World War II, he reluctantly agreed to perform in exchange of the release of a few French prisoners. 

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France Gall
(Singer)

France Gall
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Birthdate: October 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 7, 2018
France Gall was a French yé-yé singer who debuted with Don't Be So Stupid and rose to pop fame in the 1960s with controversial hits. During her prolific music career, Gall released 11 studio albums and was a major hit among European teenagers. Her greatest hits include Fist Fight (2017), Same Old Song (1997), and Heartbeats (2010).

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Fab Morvan
(Singer-songwriter)

Fab Morvan
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Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Fab Morvan is a French singer, rapper, songwriter, model, and dancer. He is best known for his involvement in one of the biggest scandals in the history of pop music; the scandal surfaced when it was found that neither Fab Morvan nor Rob Pilatus, the other half of pop duo Milli Vanilli, had sung on any of the duo's recordings.

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Sandra
(Singer)

Sandra
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Birthdate: May 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Often known as the German equivalent of Madonna, singer Sandra had previously been part of the all-female trio Arabesque and the project Enigma, becoming a music sensation in the 1990s. Best known for the track (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena, she is now an established solo vocalist.

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Mylène Farmer
(Singer-songwriter)

Mylène Farmer
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Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pierrefonds, Montreal, Canada

French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer is best known for her hits such as Libertine and Les Mots, and for her collaborative acts with Laurent Boutonnat. Born Mylene Jeanne Gautier, she later changed her name to Mylene Farmer in honor of Hollywood star Frances Farmer, who was her idol.

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Françoise Hardy
(Singer-songwriter)

Françoise Hardy
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Birthdate: January 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

A major figure of the 1960s’ yé-yé movement, French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy is known for tracks such as Tous les garçons et les filles. She also appeared in supporting roles in a few films. Following her diagnosis of lymphatic cancer and the subsequent radiation therapy, she pleaded for assisted suicide.

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Charles Aznavour
(One of the Greatest Songwriters in the History of Music and an Icon of 20th-Century Pop Culture.)

Charles Aznavour
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Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Joe Dassin
(Singer-songwriter)

Joe Dassin
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Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 20, 1980

The son of American filmmaker Jules Dassin, French pop idol Joe Dassin was educated in Switzerland and the U.S., and earned degrees in anthropology before moving to France. After playing supporting roles in his father’s movies, he soared to fame with songs such as Les Champs-Élysées and L'Été indien.

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Kendji Girac
(Singer)

Kendji Girac
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Birthdate: July 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Périgueux, Aquitaine, France

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Zaz
(Singer-songwriter)

Zaz
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Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France

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Afida Turner
(Singer)

Afida Turner
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Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France

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Aṣa
(Singer-songwriter)

Aṣa
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Birthdate: September 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Florent Pagny
(Singer-songwriter who greatest hits include "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer" and "Ma Liberté de penser"—all three were number one in France)

Florent Pagny
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Birthdate: November 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France

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Jenifer
(Singer)

Jenifer
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Birthdate: November 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nice, France

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Amir Haddad
(Singer-songwriter)

Amir Haddad
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Birthdate: June 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Claude François
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Birthdate: February 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ismailia, Egypt
Died: March 11, 1978

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Patricia Kaas
(Singer Known for Her Debut Album 'Mademoiselle chante')

Patricia Kaas
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Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Forbach, France

Patricia Kaas is a French actress and singer who has sold more than 17 million records all over the world. Kaas took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and finished eighth. Over the years, she has received several prestigious awards, such as World Music Awards and Golden Europa's Female Singer of the Year award.

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Jean-Jacques Goldman
(Singer-songwriter and music record producer)

Jean-Jacques Goldman
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Birthdate: October 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Jean-Jacques Goldman is a French record producer, singer, and songwriter. One of the most popular and highest-grossing French pop rock musicians of his generation, Goldman was honored with the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1997. He is also credited with writing successful songs and albums for several international artists like Céline Dion.

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Valentina
(Singer)

Valentina
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Birthdate: April 6, 2009
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rennes, France

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Louane
(Singer)

Louane
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Birthdate: November 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hénin-Beaumont, France

Louane is a French actress and singer best known for appearing in the popular reality singing competition The Voice: la plus belle voix. She has released successful albums like Chambre 12 which peaked at number one on Swiss Hitparade. Louane is also renowned for her acting skills; she won the prestigious César Award for her performance in La Famille Bélier.

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Cerrone
(Disco drummer, composer, record producer and creator of concert shows)

Cerrone
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Birthdate: May 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitry-sur-Seine, France

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Marwa Loud
(Singer)

Marwa Loud
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Birthdate: December 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

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Louise Verneuil
(Singer–songwriter)

Louise Verneuil
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Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Corsica, France

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Desireless
(Singer)

Desireless
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Birthdate: December 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Julien Doré
(Singer-songwriter)

Julien Doré
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Birthdate: July 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alès, France

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F. R. David
(Singer)

F. R. David
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Birthdate: January 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia

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Catherine Ringer
(Lead Singer and Co-founder of the Pop Rock Group 'Les Rita Mitsouko')

Catherine Ringer
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Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

Catherine Ringer is a French singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She is credited with co-founding the popular pop-rock group Les Rita Mitsouko which was one of the most acclaimed French musical acts in the 1980s and 1990.

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Michel Sardou
(Singer-songwriter)

Michel Sardou
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Birthdate: January 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Jérémy Chatelain
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Créteil, France

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Amel Bent
(Singer)

Amel Bent
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Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joué-lès-Tours, France

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Diarra Sylla
(Singer)

Diarra Sylla
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Birthdate: January 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Daniel Balavoine
(Singer-songwriter)

Daniel Balavoine
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Birthdate: February 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: January 14, 1986

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Ishtar
(Front vocalist of the French-based band Alabina)

Ishtar
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Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kiryat Ata, Israel

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Nolwenn Leroy
(Singer-songwriter)

Nolwenn Leroy
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Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Renan, France

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Marc Lavoine
(Singer)

Marc Lavoine
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Birthdate: August 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Longjumeau, France

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Sheila
(Singer)

Sheila
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Birthdate: August 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Créteil, France

Sheila is a French singer who achieved popularity in the 1960s and 1970s as a solo artist. She is also known for her collaboration with her husband Ringo and was one half of the popular duo Sheila & Ringo. In 2011, Sheila also showcased her dancing skills when she appeared in the popular TV dance contest Danse avec les stars.

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Jean-Pierre Barda
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Birthdate: March 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Born in Paris, France, the Swedish Israeli singer Jean-Pierre Barda became known as one of the founding members of the Swedish dance pop group Army of Lovers. As part of the group, he gave several hit numbers like Crucified and Israelism (lead singer). He is also a hair-dresser and make-up artist and has appeared in several films and television shows.

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David Hallyday
(Pop singer and Amateur race car driver who collaborated with his father on the 1999 album Sang Pour Sang)

David Hallyday
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Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

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Tal
(Pop and R&B Singer Best Known for Her Albums 'Le droit de rêver' and 'À l'infini')

Tal
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Birthdate: December 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hadera, Israel

Tal is an Israeli-French dancer, singer, and songwriter. Apart from coming up with hit singles, Tal also takes an active part in charity; since 2013 she has been one of the most prominent members of the Les Enfoirés. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, Tal was honored at the NRJ Music Awards with the Francophone Female Artist of the Year award.

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Patrick Fiori
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Birthdate: September 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marseille, France

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Hélène Ségara
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Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Six-Fours-les-Plages, France