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Yannick Noah voted nation's favourite celebrity

A poll published on Saturday shows that France's most popular celebrity is once more pop singer and former tennis player Yannick Noah, followed by comedian Dany Boon and footballer Zinedine Zidane.


AFP - The French have voted pop singer and former tennis champion Yannick Noah their favourite celebrity once again, with the star beating off stiff competition from film-makers to politicians.

A poll to be published on Saturday showed the flamboyant ex-French Open winner trouncing a string of opponents including former footballer Zinedine Zidane, who was third, to win the honour for the fifth time in row.

Coming in at second place was comedian and film director Dany Boon who enjoyed success with hit 2008 film Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks).

Pollsters Ifop carried out the survey for the French paper Le Journal du Dimanche.

After a torrid time for the French political elite, lawmakers fared badly in the poll with President Nicolas Sarkozy dropping seven places since August to come in at 49.

Former president Jacques Chirac, who is consistently voted one of the country's most popular political figures, comes in at number 34 despite facing corruption charges.

He is on course to become the first former French head of state to go on trial over allegations that he paid allies by creating fake jobs on the Paris city hall payroll.

Ifop, which does the survey twice a year, carried out the poll from December 9 to 15, surveying 1,013 people.

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