Édith Piaf (Portraits français)

As a lover of France and French culture, you probably already know the name of French singer and icon Édith Piaf, and at least one of her timeless songs like La Vie en Rose, Hymne à l'Amour or Je ne Regrette Rien. But do you know about the woman behind the artist, and her tumultuous life, full of passion and tragedies? Learn about her heartbreaking life journey in this article from our Portraits français series.

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Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present and future tenses to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

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