Inspiring French ladies III.

Catherine Deneuve started her career as an actress at the age of 13 and she didn’t stop since that. She was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in Indochine and she is one of UNESCO’s ambassadors. She said: ‘People who know me know I’m strong but I’m vulnerable.’

Jeanne d’Arc /1412-1431./ is one of France’s patron saints. She led the French army to battle against the English and helped Charles le Victorieux to the throne. She was captured and died a martyr’s death when she was only 19 years old. She said: ‘I’m not afraid. I was born to do this.’

Édith Piaf /1915-1963./, the voice of Paris, who is the singer of iconic songs such as La Vie en Rose, Milord, Padam Padam and Non, Je ne regrette rien. She said: ‘For me there is nothing more important in life and my songs, but my songs are love too.’

Inés de la Fressange is a well-known model, fashion designer and style icon who wrote the book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. She said: ‘It’s not the clothes but its how you wear them sometimes.’

George Sand /1804-1876./ was a writer who were friends with Napoleon III and the love of Frédéric Chopin. She thought men and women were equal. She said: ‘A soul that has never suffered is unable to hide beautiful flowers.’

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