Sexy French Ladies

Brigitte Bardot, 75 today, did more than serve as a siren of the sexual revolution—she connected France inextricably with the libido. Plus, view our gallery of women she inspired.

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Catherine Deneuve

French actor Catherine Deneuve, as Severine Serizy, lies on a bed on her stomach in a still from the film Belle de Jour, directed by Luis Bunuel, 1967.

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Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Adjani on the set of the film L' Histoire D'Adele H, March 1976 in France. The film was directed by Francois Truffaut.

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Juliette Binoche

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Juliette Binoche attends the A Prophet Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009 in Cannes, France.

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Sophie Marceau

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Sophie Marceau attends the "Don't Look Back" Photo Call at the Palais des Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009 in Cannes, France.

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Vanessa Paradis

Actress Vanessa Paradis attending the 80th Academy Awards 2008 - The Oscars- at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA, 24/02/2008.

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Beatrice Dalle

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actress Beatrice Dalle arrives for the screening of "Le Temps Du Loup" at the Palais Des Festival during 56th International Cannes Film Festival 2003 on May 20, 2003 in Cannes, France.

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Nathalie Baye

ANNES, FRANCE - MAY 26: French actress Nathalie Baye attends the 'La Californie' photocalll during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 26, 2006 in Cannes, France.

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Emmanuelle Beart

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Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard attends the UK premiere of 'Public Enemies' at Empire Leicester Square on June 29, 2009 in London, England.

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Virginie Ledoyen

Actress Virginie Ledoyen arrives at Cesar Film Awards 2008 at Theatre du Chatelet on February 22, 2008 in Paris, France.

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Laetitia Casta

French actress Laetitia Casta poses during a photo call for the film 'Visage' (Face), during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2009.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actress CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Apocalypse Now Redux. 11MAY2001

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Audrey Tautou

TOKYO - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Audrey Tautou attends the "Coco Avant Chanel" Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on September 7, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on September 18 in Japan.

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Ludivine Sagnier

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Ludivine Sagnier attends the La Fille Coupee En Deux Premiere in Venice during day 5 of the 64th Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2007 in Venice, Italy.