It's official! Thanks in no small part to Colin Farrell, the Irish accent was voted the sexiest in the world

French men can only hang their heads in shame as they came FOURTH - just ahead of the Australian accent.

The survey, which polled 5,000 women from around the world, revealed that Ireland is now the tops for sexiest accent, beating out Italy and Scotland for the top spot.

Ireland had been in or around the top spot for five years but this marked the first win for the Emerald Isle.

England was sixth and Sweden was seventh, with Spain Wales and America completing the top 10.

A spokesman for the pollsters,, said Colin Farrell was the main draw.

"High-profile stars such as Colin Farrell have helped bring the accent more to the fore," he said.

And OnePoll said president Nicolas Sarkozy had probably torpedoed the traditional French image.

"The French accent is nowhere near as popular as it used to be," he said.

The study also found that 60 percent of women said an accent could seduce them while 40 percent said they would rather sleep with a man with a nice accent, rather than a harsh one.

World's Sexiest Accents

1. Irish
2. Italian
3. Scottish
4. French
5. Australian
6. English
7. Swedish
8. Spanish
9. Welsh
10. American

* Originally published in 2009.

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