Inspiration for original song later adapted as My Way, Gall won Eurovision song contest with Poupe de Cire, Poupe de Son in 1965
The French singer France Gall, who inspired the original version of the song that became a worldwide hit for Frank Sinatra as My Way, has died in a Paris hospital aged 70, her spokeswoman announced.
On learning of her death from an infection two years after she was diagnosed with cancer, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, tweeted: She leaves behind songs that everyone in France knows, and set an example of a life devoted to others.
The French culture minister, Franoise Nyssen, described her as a timeless icon of French song.
The song that became My Way was originally released in 1968 as Comme dHabitude by singer-songwriter Claude Franois as a bleak reflection on the breakup of his affair with Gall.
In the original version, the final curtain was lowering on love, not on life as in the Sinatra version: the about-to-be-forsaken lover returns to an empty house, as usual, and retires all alone … in this big, empty bed.
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