Her soaring, emotion-wracked voice remains the defining soundtrack of old, romantic France and her colourful life the stuff of legend. Edith Piaf may have passed away in 1963 but this year — the year she would have turned 100 — the memory of ‘the Little Sparrow’ is just as strong as ever and enshrined as one of France’s most enduring icons. A new Paris exhibition dedicated to Piaf opened on Tuesday, offering tourists and the French alike an in-depth look at the woman who became a figurehead of a nation, and a postwar international star. The show at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, a modern library complex on the Seine river, features movie clips, concert posters, trinkets, letters and music by Piaf. Lots of music, as you can imagine; visitors don headphones that pipe in ‘La Vie en Rose’, ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ and her other standards, as well as interviews

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