French Female Singers

Throughout history, there have been many French women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female singers such as Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Paradis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Josephine Baker, Claudine Longet.

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 1 Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf
18
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 11, 1963
France’s legendary singer and actor Édith Piaf, or the “Little Sparrow,” is best remembered for her iconic Grammy Hall of Fame-inducted song La Vie en Rose and the classic Non, je ne regrette rien. Raised by the prostitutes of her grandmother’s brothel, she began her life as a street singer.

 2 Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis
15
Famous As: Singer
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.

 3 Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

 4 Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot
6
Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

 5 Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin
8
Famous As: Singer, songwriter and actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

 6 Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg
20
Famous As: Known for Her Work in Films Like 'Antichrist,' 'Melancholia,' 'The Tree' & 'Persecution'
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 7 Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actress Catherine Deneuve is considered one of the greatest European actresses. Beginning her career at the age of 12, she gained international prominence with her role in the movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She is a 14-time César Award nominee and the recipient of a David di Donatello award. She is multilingual and speaks fluent French, Italian, and English.

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 8 Alizee

Alizee
7
Famous As: Singer
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.

 9 Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens
15
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 10 Dalida

Dalida
8
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shubra, Cairo, Egypt
Died: May 3, 1987
French singer and actress Dalida, whose aching voice ruled over hearts for three decades, sold millions of records worldwide. Dalida sang in 10 languages and holds a world record for most weeks at the top of the music chart. She was also the first singer to receive platinum and diamond discs while she also owns more than 70 gold records.

 11 Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Spouse of the President of France (2008-2012)
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Carla Bruni is an Italian-French fashion model and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition after marrying the then president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. Also known for her political activities, philanthropy, and charity work, Bruni established the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation in 2009; the foundation helps promote access to knowledge for all. She also supports organizations, such as PETA.

 12 Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
French actor Emmanuelle Seigner was initially a model. She gained recognition with her roles in films such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She also earned César Award nominations for her roles in Venus in Fur and in Place Vendôme. She is married to legendary film director Roman Polanski.

 13 Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 14 Soko

Soko
5
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France

Soko is a French musician and singer-songwriter. The song We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, which is part of her debut album I Thought I Was an Alien, reached the ninth position on the Billboard Hot 100. Soko is also a critically acclaimed actress, earning César Award nominations for her performance in films like In the Beginning and The Dancer. 

 15 Barbara Pravi

Barbara Pravi
10
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 16 Nora Arnezeder

Nora Arnezeder
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nora Arnezeder is a French singer and actress best known for her portrayal of the title role in the internationally praised 2013 French costume drama film, Angélique. A trained singer and dancer, Arnezeder has also played main roles in web TV series, such as the American science fiction drama series, Origin.

 17 Anna Karina

Anna Karina
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

 18 France Gall

France Gall
5
Famous As: Singer
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).

 19 Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 20 Aya Nakamura

Aya Nakamura
6
Famous As: Singer
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.

 21 Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 22 Zaz

Zaz
5
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France

 23 Anggun

Anggun
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 24 Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear
5
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 25 Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mathieu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Avignon, France
French singer Mireille Mathieu began her career by participating in an annual singing contest in Avignon. She has recorded over 1200 songs in eleven languages in her career spanning over four decades. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the chanteuse is classically known for her illustrious crooning. In 1974, she won the German "Bambi" Music Award.

 26 Jain

Jain
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
French singer-songwriter Jeanne Louise Galice is better known as Jain. She began her career posting videos on Myspace. The fact that she sings in English has made her quite a sensation across Europe and Canada. Her hit video Makeba earned her a Grammy nomination. She has also delivered hits such as Souldier.

 27 Lily Pons

Lily Pons
4
Famous As: American-French operatic soprano
Birthdate: April 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
Died: February 13, 1976

 28 Joséphine de La Baume

Joséphine de La Baume
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Joséphine de La Baume is a French actress, model, film director, and singer. She is credited with founding a rock and garage group called Film Noir in 2018. The group's debut EP Vertiges, which released in 2019, was met with critical success. She is also an important member of an indie band named Singtank

 29 Sandra

Sandra
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 30 Lili Damita

Lili Damita
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blaye, France
Died: March 21, 1994

 31 Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie Vartan
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Iskrets, Bulgaria

 32 Sonia Ben Ammar

Sonia Ben Ammar
2
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 33 Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay
4
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France

Natalie Dessay is a French actress, singer, and former operatic soprano. In 1992, Dessay portrayed Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann for which she gained wide recognition. Her performance also gained her access to leading opera houses around the world. Over the years Natalie Dessay has won several prestigious awards, such as the Laurence Olivier Award.

 34 Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 35 Marie Laforêt

Marie Laforêt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Soulac-sur-Mer, France
Died: November 2, 2019
French singer-actor Marie Laforêt had lost the ability to speak for a while after being raped by a neighbor at age 3. The Girl with Golden Eyes, Laforêt was famous for her drama-laced singing and films such as Rat Trap. She later moved to Switzerland and launched an art gallery.

 36 Afida Turner

Afida Turner
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France

 37 Patricia Kaas

Patricia Kaas
2
Famous As: Singer Known for Her Debut Album 'Mademoiselle chante'
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.

 38 Victoria Legrand

Victoria Legrand
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Victoria Legrand is a French-American musician best known as one-half of the popular dream-pop duo Beach House where she performs as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter. Legrand is blessed with a contralto vocal range and her voice is often compared to those of Hope Sandoval and Nico.

 39 Pomme

Pomme
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Décines-Charpieu, France

Born to a flute-player mother, chanson and folk-rock singer Claire Pommet, better known as Pomme, had mastered the cello by 8. The lesbian singer mostly deals with the theme of love and is most noted for her successful debut album, À peu près, and the songs De là-haut and Pauline.

 40 Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Caterina Valente is an Italian-French guitarist, multilingual singer, actress, and dancer. Valente, who sings in 11 languages, has worked with artists around the world. She has worked with international stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker. One of her songs titled Bongo cha cha cha was used in the 2019 American film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

 41 Barbara

Barbara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 24, 1997

 42 Jenifer

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

 43 Ibeyi

Ibeyi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 44 Elsa Lunghini

Elsa Lunghini
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Famous As: Singer, Actress known for her 1988 album Elsa which achieved double-platinum status by 1993
Birthdate: May 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 45 Arielle Dombasle

Arielle Dombasle
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

 46 Juliette Gréco

Juliette Gréco
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: September 23, 2020

 47 Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lille, France

 48 Imany

Imany
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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Martigues, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

 49 Régine Crespin

Régine Crespin
1
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: July 5, 2007

 50 Cécile Cassel

Cécile Cassel
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France