Sylvie Vartan was born in Iskrets, Sofia Province, Bulgaria. Her father, Georges Vartanian (1912-1970), was born in France to a Bulgarian mother and an Armenian father.He worked as an attaché at the French embassy in Sofia. The family shortened the name to Vartan. Her mother, Ilona (née Mayer), daughter of prominent architect Rudolf Mayer, was of Hungarian Jewish background. I got tis bit of background information from Wikepedia.