And so our countdown of sexy French-singing filles ends. This is the ultimate fille. You guessed it.

1. Béatrice Martin/Coeur de Pirate

Everyone’s’ (well nearly everyone…) favourite tattooed quebecoise Québécoise with the pixie smile and bedroom eyes. There’s an overwhelming desire to wrap her up in cotton wool (or is that just me?). Then again how do you follow up your stellar debut album while breaking up with your beau? Answer – if you’re Ms Martin is to knock them dead with your sophomore offering, “Blonde”. Tougher than she looks, this one. And probably more pregnant too.

Coeur de Pirate – St Laurent

Written by guuzbourg

French girls, singing. No, sighing. Making me sigh. Ah.

This article has 6 comments

  1. guuzbourg

    Hell hath no fury for a Quebecoise scorned. Sheez.

  2. Natasha

    Dude, Québécoise is with a capital letter, just like American or Canadian. It reads very second class with a lower case letter. I would fix that. Or use Quebecker, also with a capital.

  3. Kiva Zale


    Her concert in NYC in January still makes me tingle when I think about it. An utter and total delight.

  4. SteveinSoCal

    I’m guessing 3/10 Filles isn’t a bad return 🙂

    Speaking personally, it was bloody difficult to narrow my shortlist down to just ten and while the final list seems to focus more upon youth and physical attraction rather than outstanding musical talent, as Marksl has noted, it’s hard to argue against Ms. Martin.

    Physically ordinary? I’m not so sure – she has the most bewitching smile (I think that’s what I meant) and as always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, and I think this is what he meant, Beatrice has tried to create an image of herself that runs counter to her past by forcing people to look beyond that image and to focus on the art.

    For me she truly is the outstanding singer / songwriter of her generation and I put her at number one because of her sublime musical talent not in-spite of it…

    Having said that it would be interesting to know who the other “Hors-Categorie” Filles were…

  5. marksl

    Unexpectedly, after counting down through a series of singers whose allure rather outdistances their skill as musicians and composers, and who tend to sound the same or sing similar types of song (Claire Denamur excepted), you have chosen the most distinctive ‘auteur-compositeur-interprete’ of her generation as the sexiest too.

    Béatrice Martin, unlike the other 9, is as everyone knows physically very ordinary – but she has created a complete image for herself. To see what she seems to secretly wish she was, see this page of her tumblr website, which she posted some months ago:

    An usually long relaxed interview with CdP in her original period of fame (2010), recorded pre-concert at Bruxelles when she was just 20, is on YT at

    For anglophones, to see CdP’s intellectual power, her interview with CBC’s arts correspondent Kevin Sweet in Toronto in October 2011 is strongly recvommended, and still available – click on her picture and wait 30 secs.

    Anyone who can download and save this will have a historic document.