Non, je ne regrette rien  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" , meaning "No, I don't regret anything", is a French song composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and is best known through its 1960 recording by Édith Piaf.

Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion. At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed a temporary putsch of 1961 by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria — adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.


The rhymes of the words echo the rhythm of the melody following typical French meter, where words almost always stress the final syllable, in iambic and anapestic compositions. A literal translation is unable to maintain the internal harmony of lyric and tune, since English words usually stress an earlier syllable and are most often suited to trochaic (DA-da-DA-da) and dactylic (DA-da-da-DA-da-da) meter. A variety of English language versions have been recorded. Discussion of their merits is ongoing.

Popular culture

  • The song is featured in many television commercials, including an eBay commercial in which a woman drops her ring down the sink; an Australian Nescafé TV commercial in the early 1990s; a UK Hitachi commercial in 1989; a UK Heineken advert with Stephen Fry in the early 1990s; a television/radio advertisement for the UK high-street opticians Specsavers in 2008.It recenly featured in Toyota's new advert, with a man in a GT86 realising that his world is animated and smashes through into the real one.
  • In 2012, the song is featured in the low-budget Tamil horror Pizza.
  • The film La Vie en rose - which is a biography of the singer - saves this song for last.

Other recordings

The song has been recorded by many other performers, including :

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