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JEAN SABLON, 87, an elegant troubadour of French songs who in the United States was dubbed the "French Bing Crosby," died Thursday in the French Riviera town of Cannes-La-Bocca. The first French singer to use the microphone, Mr. Sablon made his name in France in music halls and cabarets. In 1937, he came to the United States, where he adopted his trademark pencil-thin mustache. Known as a man of character, the never-married Mr. Sablon refused to accept the prestigious French Legion of Honor, saying his brother and sister earned the award for military contributions "and I'm not going to get it for pushing little songs."

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