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New Paris exhibition celebrates singing icon, Edith Piaf

The National Library, Paris.
The National Library, Paris. Image by Guilhem Vellut / CC BY 2.0

The national library in Paris remembers the dramatic life of French cabaret singer and icon Edith Piaf in a new exhibition for the centenary of her birth, which falls in December this year. Piaf, nicknamed ‘The Little Sparrow’, was raised by prostitutes in a brothel owned by her grandmother in Normandy before becoming one of France’s greatest international stars in a classic rags-to-riches tale. She is perhaps best known for her hits ‘La Vie en rose’ and ‘Je ne regrette rien’. The exhibition, which runs until 23 August, includes concert posters, photos, handwritten notes and song sheets. Read more: theguardian.com