Singer and actress Jane Birkin 'well' after 'minor stroke'


British-born singer and actress Jane Birkin, 74, who has spent most of her life living and working in France, and who became a hit with French audiences for her raunchy duos with her late composer and singer husband Serge Gainsbourg, is 'well' after a minor stroke, her agent said on Monday.

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British artist Jane Birkin, 74, has cancelled her participation at the Deauville film festival after experiencing a small stroke, her family said in a statement on Monday, reports Radio France Internationale.

The 47th edition of the American cinema extravaganza, which began on Friday, is presided over by Birkin's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Birkin was reported to have had a minor stroke a few days ago, and is now "going well", her agent said, adding that the family had requested for their privacy to be respected.

The singer and actrice was heading to the Deauville American Film Festival to promote the film Jane par Charlotte, directed by her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, who also happens to be the president of the jury for the 47th edition which opened on Friday.

Birkin was also due to attend the Ciné Rencontres festival in Cotentin in another part of Normandy but decided to cancel in order to recover.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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