JACQUES BREL is probably the most famous french (well, actually he was belgian...) songwriter, mosttly known for songs as "Ne me quitte pas" or "Amsterdam", this one also frequently covered by DAVID BOWIE. His discography is by the way a bit of a mess, so I have uploaded a nice compilation of his, called "Infiniment".
If you speak a little french I suggest you to try and read his lyrics, because they are very well written and often witty and.
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