Smoking Femmes

French men are giving up cigarettes but French women continue to light up, citing fear of weight gain. Eric Pape on the vice that experts say will soon be the No. 1 killer of women in France.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Attending the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007.

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Vanessa Paradis

The French actress, singer and model poses for a portrait in a studio on June 5, 1999.

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Anna Mouglalis

As Coco Chanel in Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in 2009.

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Brigitte Bardot

French actress Brigitte Bardot smoking a slim cigar while in Spain, 1971.

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Juliette Binoche

Portrait of French actress and model Juliette Binoche, dressed in a short waistcoat and an unlit cigarette between her teeth, during a photo session for Detour magazine, 1994.

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1936.

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Claudette Colbert

French-born actress Claudette Colbert (1903 - 1996) stands next to a sculpture smoking a cigarette, circa 1935.

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Catherine Deneuve

French actress Catherine Deneuve arriving at a Royal Film Performance of James H. Hill's movie Born Free at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, March 14, 1966.