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She was born nineteen in December 1915 in Paris. She was a music-hall singer and her maiden name was Edith Giovanna Gassion.. Her mother was called Line Marsa, we do not know the name of her father. She did not have brothers and sisters. Her name was chosen in tribute to Edith Cavell who was shot by the Germans. The first big love was Louis Dupont, they had one child, a girl, but she died two years after her birth. She was not married with him. But she married twice later. She was a singer of cabaret, she inspired a lot of song writers, she was the coach a lot of young artists as Yves MONTAND, Charles AZNAVOUR.. She was also an actress she made « La Môme (The Kid) »., « La Petite Robe Noire (The Small Black Dress) » was inspired Edith Piaf. She died on October 10 in 1963 in Grasse,. She was forty seven years-old. She was buried in the Père Lachaide cemetery.

His name is Jacques-Yves Cousteau,He was born on July 11th , in 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac in the south west of France. He was a French undersea explorer, researcher, photographer who invented diving and scuba devices. He also conducted underwater expeditions and produced films and television series 'The Undersea world of Jacques Cousteau'. He created films 'The Silent World'. He also wrote many books. Jacques-Yves Cousteau died on June 25th, in 1997 in Paris.

René Caillié was born on 19 September 1799, in Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon. His parents were poor and died when he was very young. His father was a baker. He became an apprentice at a shoemaker's but his dream was to be the first European to visit the town of Timbuktu. When he was 16, he joined the crew of a French naval vessel to sail to Saint-Louis in West Africa. He stayed there many months, then he crossed the Atlantic. He travelled to Africa two years later with a British expedition. He decided to travel alone so he learnt the Arabic language and he disguised as an Arabic muslim because Timbuktu was forbiddent to Christians. At first nobody wanted to believe him but his descriptions were true and valid. He was the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu. He died of tuberculosis he contracted when he was in Africa.

His name is Yves MARCHESSEAU. He was born on May, 12 in 1952 in Montélimar. When he was a child, he was bald. He was a forklift operator. He was a TV presenter for the TV game show called Fort-Boyard. Before, Yves sold balls to « pétanque » players. He was nicknamed 'La Boule' because because he sold « pétanque » balls in a TV programme. He had a daughter, her name is Stéphanie. In 1994, he was recruited for Fort-Boyard, and the rest of year, La Boule participated in different shows, fairs, … He organized food service promotions in shopping malls. He died on September 29th, in 2014 at 62 years old in Saintes because he had cancer. Yves said « Fort-Boyard was a revenge on life because I am big and bald and thanks to this I had a very happy life for 20 happy years ».

Edith Piaf

La Boule



Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Colette Besson was born on 7 April 1946, in Saint-George-de-Didonne. She started athletics at the age of 16 years old. She was a famous athletics world champion. She won the 400 m at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico. She became a P.E. Teacher. She married and had two daughters Sandrine and Stéphanie. She died on 9 August in 2005 of a lung cancer and she was buried in La Rochelle.

Colette Besson

La Boule


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