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Contents

Main article: List of French actors

A–C[edit]

D–L[edit]

M–Z[edit]

Architects[edit]

Main article: List of French architects

Artists[edit]

Main article: List of French artists

Painters[edit]

Main article: List of French painters

Photographers[edit]

Main article: List of French photographers

Sculptors[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Main articles: List of French sportspeople and Category:French athletes

A–J[edit]

  • André the Giant, professional wrestler
  • Sarah Abitbol, pairs figure skater (with Stéphane Bernadis); World Figure Skating Championship bronze[1]
  • Tariq Abdul-Wahad (born Olivier Saint-Jean), basketball player
  • Luc Alphand, Alpine skier
  • Jacques Anquetil, cyclist
  • Jonathan Assous, France/Israel, defensive midfielder (Beitar Ramat Gan)[2]
  • Fabien Barthez, football player
  • Brice Blanc, jockey
  • Marion Bartoli, tennis player
  • Fabrice Benichou, world-champion super bantamweight boxer
  • Stéphane Bernadis, pairs figure skater (with Sarah Abitbol)
  • Alain Bernard, Olympic swimmer
  • Serge Betsen, Cameroon-born French citizen, rugby player
  • Serge Blanco, Venezuela-born French citizen, rugby player
  • Jean Bloch, Olympic silver football player
  • Louison Bobet, cyclist
  • Surya Bonaly, figure skater
  • Sébastien Bourdais, Indycar driver
  • Andrée Brunet and Pierre Brunet, 1928 and 1932 Olympic skating gold medalists
  • Alain Calmat, figure skater, Olympic silver, world championship gold, silver, two-time bronze
  • Philippe Candeloro, figure skater
  • Eric Cantona, football player
  • Georges Carpentier, world-champion boxer
  • Marcel Cerdan, world-champion boxer
  • François Cevert (born François Goldenberg), Formula One driver
  • Eugène Christophe, cyclist
  • Albert Clément (c. 1878–1907), motor racing driver
  • Robert Cohen, world-champion bantamweight boxer
  • Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, tennis player
  • Eugène Criqui, world-champion boxer
  • Jean Cruguet, jockey of Seattle Slew
  • Richard Dacoury, basketball player
  • Pierre Darmon, tennis player, highest world ranking # 8
  • André Darrigade, cyclist
  • Mathieu Debuchy, football player
  • Émile Delahaye, race car pioneer
  • Abou Diaby, football player
  • Boris Diaw, basketball player
  • Marcel Desailly, Ghana-born French citizen, football player
  • David Douillet, judoka
  • Yves Dreyfus, épée fencer, Olympic bronze medal, French champion
  • Isabelle Duchesnay and Paul Duchesnay, ice dancers
  • Alojzy Ehrlich, Poland, table tennis, 3x won silver and 1x won bronze in the World Championships, incarcerated by the Nazis in Auschwitz, represented France after 1945.
  • Andre Ethier, Major League Baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Patrice Evra, football player for Monaco and Manchester United
  • André Fabre, horse trainer
  • Laurent Fignon, cyclist
  • Jeremy Flores, surfer
  • Just Fontaine, football player
  • Jacques Fouroux, rugby union player and coach
  • Jessica Fox (born 1994), French-born Australian, slalom canoer, Olympic silver (K-1 slalom), world championships bronze (C-1)[3]
  • Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, slalom canoer, Olympic bronze (K-1 slalom), five golds at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships (two-time K-1, three-time K-1 team)
  • Pierre Galle, basketball player and coach
  • Camille du Gast, race car driver
  • Lucien Gaudin, fencer
  • Fabien Gilot, Olympic and world champion swimmer
  • Yoann Gourcuff, football player
  • Stéphane Haccoun, boxer
  • Rudy Haddad, soccer midfielder (Hapoel Ashkelon & U21 national team)[4]
  • Alphonse Halimi ("la Petite Terreur"), world-champion bantamweight boxer
  • Marlène Harnois (born 1986), taekwondo practitioner
  • Thierry Henry, football player
  • Bernard Hinault, cyclist
  • Pierre Houseaux, triathlete
  • Cristobal Huet, hockey player
  • Constant Huret, cyclist
  • Olivier Jacque, motorcycle rider
  • Rene Jacquot, boxer, underdog who became world champion
  • Laurent Jalabert, cyclist
  • Max Jean, Formula One driver
  • Brian Joubert, figure skater

K–Z[edit]

  • Jean-Claude Killy (born 1943), skier
  • Raymond Kopa, football player
  • Pascal Lavanchy, ice dancer (with Sophie Moniotte)
  • Suzanne Lenglen, tennis player
  • Alexander Lévy (born 1990), American-born professional golfer
  • Alexandre Lippmann (1881–1960), épée fencer, two-time Olympic champion, two-time silver, bronze
  • Bixente Lizarazu, football player
  • Sébastien Loeb, rally driver and five-time champion
  • Jeannie Longo, cyclist
  • André Mahé, cyclist
  • Claude Makélélé, football player: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Laure Manaudou, swimmer
  • Amélie Mauresmo, tennis player
  • Jose Meiffret, cyclist
  • Éric Millot, figure skater
  • Alain Mimoun, athlete
  • Sophie Moniotte, ice dancer (with Pascal Lavanchy)
  • Carole Montillet, skier
  • Armand Mouyal (1925–1988) , épée fencer, Olympic bronze, world champion
  • Alfred "Artem" Nakache (1915–1983), swimmer, world record (200 m breaststroke), one-third of French two-time world record (3x100 relay team)
  • Claude Netter (1924–2007), foil fencer, Olympic champion, silver
  • Hellé Nice, pioneer female race car driver
  • Joakim Noah, NBA basketball player (Chicago Bulls)
  • Yannick Noah, tennis player
  • Jacques Ochs (1883–1971), French-born Belgian artist and Olympic fencing champion
  • Micheline Ostermeyer, Olympic champion in discus and shot put, bronze in high jump
  • Simon Pagenaud, Indycar driver
  • Tony Parker, Belgian-born French citizen, basketball player
  • Gwendal Peizerat, ice dancer
  • Marie-José Pérec, athlete
  • Mary Pierce, Canadian-born French citizen, tennis player
  • Stéphane Peterhansel, car and motor racer, nine-time Dakar Rally winner
  • Julien Pillet, fencer
  • Michel Platini, football player
  • Alain Prost, Formula One driver and four-time champion
  • Antoine Rigaudeau, basketball player
  • François Rozenthal (born 1975), ice hockey player
  • Maurice Rozenthal (born 1975), ice hockey player
  • Georges Stern (1882–1928), jockey
  • Jean Stern (1875–1962), épée fencer, Olympic champion
  • Léon Théry, race car driver
  • Marcel Thil, world-champion boxer
  • Christophe Tiozzo, world-champion boxer; brother of Fabrice Tiozzo
  • Fabrice Tiozzo, world-champion boxer; brother of Christophe Tiozzo
  • David Trezeguet, football player
  • Tristan Vautier, Indycar driver
  • Patrick Vieira, Senegal-born French citizen, football player
  • Richard Virenque, Morocco-born French citizen, cyclist
  • Roger Walkowiak, cyclist
  • Jean-Pierre Wimille, race car driver
  • Albert Wolff (1906–1989), French-born American Olympic fencer
  • Zinedine Zidane, football player

Authors[edit]

See also: List of French-language authors, List of French-language poets, and List of French novelists

A–E[edit]

  • Marcel Achard
  • Alain-Fournier
  • Olivier Ameisen
  • Jean Anouilh, 20th-century dramatist
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
  • Louis Aragon
  • Antonin Artaud
  • Marcel Aymé
  • Honoré de Balzac, realist author
  • Henri Barbusse
  • Charles Baudelaire, 19th-century poet
  • Pierre Beaumarchais, comedy playwright
  • Simone de Beauvoir, 20th-century author
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Georges Bernanos
  • Tristan Bernard
  • Maurice Blanchot
  • Antoine Blondin
  • Nicolas Boileau
  • Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • Pierre Boulle
  • Fernand Braudel
  • André Breton
  • Retif de la Bretonne
  • Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • Michel Butor
  • Albert Camus, existentialist author
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 20th-century author
  • Blaise Cendrars
  • Aimé Césaire, 20th-century author
  • Nicolas Chamfort
  • René Char, 20th-century poet
  • François-René de Chateaubriand
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Emil Cioran
  • Paul Claudel
  • Jean Cocteau, 20th-century poet and playwright
  • Colette, 20th-century author
  • Benjamin Constant
  • Tristan Corbière
  • Pierre Corneille, classicist playwright
  • Marquis de Custine, travel writer
  • Robert Desnos, 20th-century poet
  • Charles Dezobry, historian and historical novelist
  • Denis Diderot
  • Alexandre Dumas, père, author
  • Alexandre Dumas, fils, playwright/author
  • Marguerite Duras, 20th-century novelist
  • Vanessa Duriès
  • Paul Éluard

F–O[edit]

  • Frantz Fanon, 20th-century author, psychiatrist
  • Léon-Paul Fargue
  • Georges Feydeau
  • Marc Ferro
  • Amanda Filipacchi, novelist (French and U.S. citizenship, writes in English)
  • Alain Finkielkraut, essayist
  • Gustave Flaubert, realist author
  • Anatole France
  • Marie de France, poet
  • Romain Gary
  • Jean Genet
  • André Gide, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Jean Giono
  • Jean Giraudoux
  • Françoise Giroud
  • Julien Gracq
  • Julien Green
  • Pierre Guyotat
  • Jean-Edern Hallier
  • Auguste Himly, historian
  • Victor Hugo, novelist, poet, and playwright
  • Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Eugène Ionesco
  • Alain Jouffroy, poet, art critic, plastician
  • Jean de La Bruyère
  • Jean de La Fontaine
  • Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Comte de Lautréamont (Isidore Ducasse)
  • Leconte de Lisle, parnassian poet
  • Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Jacques Lacan, psychoanalyst
  • Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, historian
  • Paul Lafargue
  • Jules Laforgue
  • Valéry Larbaud
  • Maurice Leblanc, created Arsène Lupin
  • Gaston Leroux, journalist and author, credited with creating the locked room puzzle mystery novel Le Mystère de la chambre jaune (The Mystery of the Yellow Room) and author of Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Stéphane Mallarmé, poet
  • Hector Malot, 19th-century author
  • André Malraux
  • Matthieu Marais, 18th-century lawyer and writer
  • Marcel Marceau, 20th-century mime (and member of the French Resistance in World War II)
  • Pierre de Marivaux, playwright
  • Clément Marot, poet
  • Guy de Maupassant, novelist
  • François Mauriac, Roman Catholic writer
  • Prosper Mérimée, 19th-century novelist
  • Catherine Millet, art expert, editor and erotic memoirist
  • Patrick Modiano
  • Jean Baptiste Poquelin dit Molière, 17th-century comedic playwright and actor
  • Alfred de Musset, 19th-century poet
  • Gérard de Nerval
  • Anaïs Nin

P–Z[edit]

  • Marcel Pagnol
  • Charles Péguy, 20th-century poet
  • Charles Perrault, Mother Goose Tales
  • Georges Perec
  • Saint-John Perse
  • Roger Peyrefitte
  • Jean Piaget, psychologist
  • Jean Piat
  • Christine de Pizan, historian, poet, philosopher
  • Jacques Prévert, 20th-century poet
  • Abbé Prévost
  • Marcel Prévost
  • Marcel Proust, novelist
  • Raymond Queneau
  • François Rabelais, Renaissance writer
  • Raymond Radiguet
  • Jean Racine, classicist playwright
  • Pauline Réage, novelist
  • Arthur Rimbaud, symbolist poet
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Pierre de Ronsard
  • Edmond Rostand, neo-romantic playwright
  • Raymond Roussel
  • Maximilien Rubel
  • Marquis de Sade, erotic and philosophic author
  • Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
  • George Sand, feminist author
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, 20th-century existentialist philosopher
  • Nathalie Sarraute
  • Pierre Seel, homosexual survivor of the concentration camps, activist, author
  • Victor Segalen
  • Madame de Sévigné
  • Madame de Staël
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator
  • Claude Simon
  • Stendhal, novelist (born Henry Beyle)
  • Alain Tasso, poet, painter, essayist, art critic, literary critic
  • François Truffaut, 20th-century filmmaker
  • Paul Valéry, 20th-century poet
  • Vercors, pseudonym of Jean Bruller
  • Paul Verlaine, symbolist poet
  • Jules Verne, novelist
  • Boris Vian, 20th-century author
  • Alfred de Vigny, 19th-century poet
  • Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
  • François Villon
  • Voltaire
  • Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Émile Zola, naturalist author

Aviators[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Bernard Arnault (born 1949), entrepreneur
  • Liliane Bettencourt, cosmetics, one of the richest persons in Europe
  • Marcel Bich (1914–1994), Bic pens
  • Vincent Bolloré (born 1952), transportation and engineering
  • Marcel Boussac, textiles, fashion, newspapers, race horse breeding
  • Anne Bouverot (born 1966), telecommunications business executive
  • Ettore Bugatti (1881–1947), automobile manufacturer
  • André Citroën (1878–1935), automobile manufacturer
  • Adolphe Clément-Bayard (1855–1928) entrepreneur manufacturer of bicycles, pneumatic tyres, motorcycles, automobiles, aeroplanes and airships
  • Marcel Dassault (1892–1986), aviation
  • Alexandre Darracq (1855–1931), automotive pioneer
  • Claude Dauphin (born 1951), commodities trader
  • Louis Delâge (1874–1947), automotive pioneer
  • Émile Delahaye (1843–1905), automotive pioneer
  • Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (born 1932), agricultural commodities
  • Eleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours (1771–1834), founder of DuPont
  • Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817), entrepreneur
  • Jacques Foccart (?–1997), import-export
  • Léon Gaumont, pioneer film inventor
  • Paul-Louis Halley (1934–2004), supermarket tycoon
  • Max Hymans (1900–1961), aviation
  • Jean-Marie Messier (born 1957), former Vivendi CEO
  • Gérard Mestrallet (born 1949), Chairman and CEO of Suez
  • Gérard Mulliez, entrepreneur (Auchan, Decathlon, Flunch...), whose family is considered as one of the richest in Europe
  • Xavier Niel (born 1967), entrepreneur and businessman Iliad
  • Charles Pathé, pioneer of film industry
  • Armand Peugeot (1849–1915), automobile manufacturer
  • François Pinault (born 1936), entrepreneur
  • Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont (1726–1803), shipping magnate and a "Father of the American Revolution"
  • Marcel Renault (1872–1903), automobile manufacturer
  • James Mayer de Rothschild (1792–1868), banker
  • Philippe de Rothschild (1902–1988), wine maker
  • Eugène Schueller (1881–1954), founder of L'Oréal
  • Bernard Tapie (born 1943), entrepreneur

Colonial administrators[edit]

  • Félix Éboué, Governor General of French Equatorial Africa
  • Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, French Congo
  • Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, Louisiana
  • Samuel de Champlain, New France
  • François Caron, first Governor of French territories of India
  • François Martin, Governor for French territories in India
  • Pierre Christoph Le Noir, Governor for French territories in India
  • Pierre Benoît Dumas, Governor for French territories in India
  • Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, French naval officer and administrator, in the service of the French East India Company.
  • Joseph François Dupleix, Governor for French territories in India
  • Lally-Tollendal, Governor for French territories in India
  • Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau, Governor for French territories in India
  • Louis Faidherbe, Senegal
  • Joseph Gallieni, Madagascar
  • Francis Garnier, French Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos)
  • Émile Gentil, French Congo
  • Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey, Algeria
  • Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, Louisiana
  • Jean Talon, Canada

Composers[edit]

Main article: List of French composers

Criminals[edit]

For collaboration with Nazi Germany see also the politicians section.

  • Jacques de Bernonville (1897–1972), war criminal sentenced to death
  • Jules Bonnot
  • Émile Louis
  • Henri Désiré Landru, serial killer
  • Jacques Mesrine
  • Zacarias Moussaoui
  • Maurice Papon, politician and war criminal
  • Marcel Petiot, serial killer
  • Gilles de Rais, prolific serial killer
  • Jean-Claude Romand, murderer
  • Albert Spaggiari
  • Charles Sobhraj, killer
  • Paul Touvier, one of only two Frenchmen to be convicted of crimes against humanity

Dancers[edit]

See also Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère

Economists[edit]

Fashion[edit]

  • Christian Audigier, fashion designer and business man
  • Liliane Bettencourt, majority owner of L'Oréal, one of the wealthiest people in Europe
  • Pierre Cardin, fashion designer
  • Laetitia Casta, model
  • Coco Chanel, fashion designer
  • Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
  • Hubert de Givenchy
  • Inès de La Fressange, model and fashion designer
  • Christian Dior, fashion designer
  • Morgane Dubled, model
  • Julien Fournié
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Daniel Hechter, inventor of ready-to-wear
  • Christian Lacroix
  • Jeanne Lanvin, fashion designer
  • Noémie Lenoir, model
  • Christian Louboutin, shoe designer
  • Jennifer Messelier, model
  • Claude Montana
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Paul Poiret
  • Nina Ricci, fashion designer
  • Sonia Rykiel
  • Yves Saint Laurent, fashion designer
  • Hedi Slimane
  • Louis Vuitton, fashion designer

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Astérix, Obelix and Dogmatix (French: Idéfix) (René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo), Gaul warriors and their dog
  • Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan (Alexandre Dumas, père), Musketeers of the King of France
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand; fictionalized version of a real person)
  • Lestat de Lioncourt, infamous vampire creation of Anne Rice
  • Louis de Pointe du Lac, French-born vampire companion of Lestat de Lioncourt
  • Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), captain of three Federation starships within one television series and four motion pictures
  • Le Petit Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), famous "little prince"
  • Erik, The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux), The "Opera Ghost" who haunted the Palais Garnier
  • Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Gaston Leroux), childhood friend of Christine Daaé and brother of Comte Phillipe; competed for the affections of Christine Daaé with Erik.
  • Rastignac (Honoré de Balzac), fictional character from La Comédie humaine series of novels by Honoré de Balzac
  • Man in the Iron Mask, prisoner who was held in a number of jails, including the Bastille and the Fortress of Pinerolo, during the reign of Louis XIV of France
  • Inspector Jacques Clouseau, bumbling French detective, star of the Pink Panther movies
  • Inspector Tarconi, bumbling French detective, star of The Transporter movies
  • Amélie Poulain, shy but kind-hearted waitress, star of 2001 film Amélie.
  • Jean Valjean, protagonist of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables
  • Inspector Javert, antagonist of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables
  • Le Peregrine – Alain Racine, Superhero in the Marvel Universe
  • Tanguy et Laverdure, duet of pilots known as Les Chevaliers du ciel
  • Glass Joe, boxer from Nintendo's Punch-Out!! series of boxing video games
  • Aiber (Real name Thierry Morello), professional con-man in the employ of L from popular manga and anime Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Nationally, he is French.
  • Pepé Le Pew, character from the Looney Tunes.

Filmmakers[edit]

See also: List of French film directors

Humorists[edit]

Military leaders[edit]

Main article: List of French military leaders

See also: Constable of France, Marshal of France, and French nobility

Monarchs and royals[edit]

See also: List of French monarchs

  • Charlemagne
  • Charles Martel
  • Philip IV the Fair
  • King Francis I
  • King Henry IV
  • Louis XIV, the Sun King, reigned 1643–1715
  • Henriette Marie, Queen of England, wife of Charles I of England and mother to Charles II and James II
  • Philip V of Spain, grandson of Louis XIV through male line, born and bred in France, became King of Spain aged 17
  • King Louis XV, reigned 1715–1774
  • King Louis XVI, reigned 1774–1792, executed in 1793 in Revolution
  • Emperor Napoleon I, first to be styled 'Emperor of the French', reigned 1799–1814 and again in 1815
  • Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of above
  • King Louis Philippe, only monarch styled King of the French; reigned 1830–1848
  • Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon I, President (1848–1852) and Emperor (1852–1871); last French monarch
  • Charles-Marie David de Mayréna I, King of the Kingdom of Sedang
  • Henri Marie Jean André, Prince Consort of Denmark, married to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
  • Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier, Princess of Denmark, married to Prince Joachim of Denmark

Musicians[edit]

See also: List of French composers and List of French singers

A–J[edit]

  • Dominique A
  • Air (band)
  • Alizée
  • Charles Aznavour
  • Josephine Baker, American-born entertainer
  • Thomas Bangalter, member of Daft Punk
  • Jane Bathori, opera singer
  • Barbara
  • Guy Béart
  • Bénabar
  • Michel Berger
  • Didier Bocquet
  • Pierre Bouvier
  • Lucienne Boyer
  • Georges Brassens
  • Breakbot
  • Aristide Bruant
  • Julie Budet
  • Manu Chao
  • Sébastien Charlier
  • Matthieu Chedid
  • Richard Clayderman, pianist
  • Chuck Comeau
  • Dalida
  • Damia
  • Claude Debussy
  • David Desrosiers
  • Natalie Dessay, opera singer
  • Dimitri from Paris
  • Sacha Distel, heartthrob: covered "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
  • Marie Dubas
  • Jacques Dutronc
  • Kenza Farah
  • Mylène Farmer
  • Jean Ferrat
  • Léo Ferré
  • Nino Ferrer
  • Thomas Fersen
  • Claude François, popular singer during the 1960s and 1970s
  • Fréhel
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Serge Gainsbourg
  • France Gall
  • Laurent Garnier
  • Gipsy Kings
  • Georgius
  • Gesaffelstein
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman
  • Stéphane Grappelli, jazz musician
  • Juliette Gréco
  • Gribouille (born Marie-France Gaîté)
  • Hélène Grimaud, classical pianist
  • David Guetta, house-music producer and DJ
  • Yvette Guilbert
  • Arthur H
  • David Hallyday
  • Johnny Hallyday, born in Belgium, served in the French Army
  • Françoise Hardy
  • Jacques Higelin
  • Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, member of Daft Punk
  • Sébastien Izambard, member of the quartet Il Divo
  • IAM
  • Joëlle
  • Justice (band)

K–Z[edit]

Philosophers[edit]

Main article: List of French philosophers

  • Pierre Abélard
  • Louis Althusser
  • Raymond Aron, sociologist and philosopher
  • Jean le Rond d'Alembert
  • Gaston Bachelard
  • Georges Bataille
  • Roland Barthes
  • Jean Baudrillard, philosopher and sociologist
  • Pierre Bourdieu, sociologist
  • Julien Benda
  • Henri Bergson
  • Émile Boutroux
  • Michel de Certeau
  • André Comte-Sponville
  • Jean de Crèvecœur
  • Guy Debord
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Jacques Derrida
  • René Descartes, scientist and philosopher
  • Denis Diderot, Enlightenment author and deist philosopher
  • Michel Foucault
  • Félix Guattari
  • Vladimir Jankélévitch
  • Étienne de La Boétie, philosopher and politician
  • Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
  • Henri Lefèbvre
  • Marcel Légaut, Christian philosopher
  • Jean de Léry, corsaire and ethnologist, anti-racism activist
  • Emmanuel Lévinas
  • Jean-François Lyotard
  • Nicolas Malebranche
  • Gabriel Marcel, philosopher
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty, phenomenologist
  • Michel de Montaigne, philosopher essayist
  • Montesquieu, political philosopher
  • Edgar Morin
  • Emmanuel Mounier, philosopher
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, philosopher
  • Blaise Pascal, scientist, Christian philosopher and author
  • Jean-François Revel
  • Paul Ricœur
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher
  • Michel Serres
  • François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Enlightenment author, deist/agnostic philosopher
  • Éric Weil, philosopher
  • Simone Weil

Politicians[edit]

See also: List of Prime Ministers of France, List of Presidents of France, and List of foreign-born French politicians

  • Robert Badinter, lawyer, statesman and anti-death-sentence activist
  • François Bayrou, UDF party leader
  • Léon Blum, politician, Socialist party leader, prime minister
  • José Bové, anti-globalization activist, altermondialist
  • Aristide Briand
  • Jacques Chirac, politician, member of center-right wing party, former city mayor of Paris, two-term French president
  • Georges Clemenceau
  • Gaspard de Coligny
  • Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris
  • Jacques Delors
  • Félix Faure, President of France who died of a heart attack while making love to his mistress
  • Charles de Gaulle, World War II general, commander of the Free French Forces, heroic French president
  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
  • François Guizot, Prime Minister
  • Gisèle Halimi lawyer and feminist activist
  • François Hollande, Former PS (Socialist Party) leader, former French president (15 May 2012 – 14 May 2017)
  • Jean Jaurès, politician, pacifist
  • Lionel Jospin, socialist, former prime minister
  • Bernard Kouchner, founder of Médecins du Monde
  • Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the extreme right party in France, Front National, presidential candidate
  • Louis Lépine, Paris police chief, governor of Algiers, founder of the Concours Lépine
  • Émile Loubet, President of France who was elected in 1899, after the death of Félix Faure
  • Henri-Auguste Lozé, Paris police chief, senator of the Third Republic
  • Emmanuel Macron, founder and current President of En Marche, current President of France (from 14 May 2017)
  • Jean-Claude Martinez, lawyer and European deputy
  • Pierre Mendès France, lawyer and statesman, prime minister
  • Honoré Mirabeau
  • François Mitterrand, lawyer and statesman, president
  • Jean Monnet
  • Philippe Pétain, head of Vichy France
  • Alexandre de Prouville, Viceroy of New France
  • Marthe Richard
  • Ségolène Royal, politician, Socialist party, presidential candidate
  • Nicolas Sarkozy, politician, President of the right wing party
  • Victor Schœlcher, anti-slavery activist
  • Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
  • Maurice Thorez
  • Jacques Toubon
  • Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of France
  • Dominique Voynet, physician and Green party politician

Main article: List of French popes

Resistance workers[edit]

Resistance workers during the German occupation of France in World War II

  • Lucie Samuel-Aubrac (1912–2007), human rights activist
  • Raymond Aubrac (born 1914), statesman
  • Robert Benoist (1895–1944), SOE operative, champion race car driver
  • Denise Bloch (1915–1945), SOE operative: King's Commendation for Brave Conduct, Legion of Honor, French Resistance Medal
  • Andrée Borrel (1919–1944), SOE operative: Croix de guerre
  • Madeleine Damerment (1917–1944), SOE operative: Legion of Honor, Croix de guerre, Médaille combattant volontaire de la Résistance
  • Marie Louise Dissard (1880–1957), U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
  • William Grover-Williams (1903–1945), SOE operative, champion race car driver
  • Cecily Lefort (1900–1945), SOE operative: Croix de guerre
  • Pierre Mendès France (1907–1982), lawyer, statesman
  • Jean Moulin (1899–1943), statesman
  • Abbé Pierre (1912–2007), Priest and founder of Emmaus
  • Christian Pineau (1904–1995), statesman
  • Eliane Plewman (1917–1944), SOE operative: Croix de guerre
  • Germaine Ribière (1917–1999), Righteous among the Nations
  • Élise Rivet (1890–1945), nun executed by Nazis for aiding the resistance
  • Lilian Rolfe (1914–1945), SOE agent executed by the Nazis
  • Odette Sansom (1912–1995), SOE operative: George Cross, MBE, Legion of Honor
  • Suzanne Spaak, Belgian-born agent: "Red Orchestra" intelligence network; executed 1944
  • Violette Szabo (1921–1945), SOE operative: George Cross, Croix de guerre
  • Jean-Pierre Wimille (1908–1949), SOE operative, champion race car driver

Scientists[edit]

Main article: List of French scientists

Social activists[edit]

  • Hubertine Auclert, journalist and feminist leader
  • Simone de Beauvoir, author, philosopher, and feminist
  • Christian de Boisredon, social activist
  • Sophie de Condorcet, feminist
  • Maria Deraismes, feminist
  • Marguerite Durand, journalist and feminist leader
  • Olympe de Gouges, feminist
  • Samir Kassir, journalist
  • Jean Théophile Victor Leclerc, radical revolutionist, newspaper publisher
  • Félix Pécaut, education proponent and pastor
  • Victor Schoelcher, abolitionist
  • Pierre Seel, homosexual concentration camp survivor, activist, author
  • Séverine, feminist
  • Flora Tristan, feminist

Soldiers[edit]

Theologians[edit]

O.P. (Ordo Praedicatorum) is the abbreviation used to indicate that someone is/was a member of Dominican order, a Catholic religious order. S.J. (Societas Iesu) is the abbreviation used to indicate that someone is/was a member of the Society of Jesus, another Catholic religious order.

  • Marie-Émile Boismard O.P.
  • Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • Jean Calvin
  • Sebastian Castellio, translator of the Bible
  • Pierre Cauchon, condemned Joan of Arc
  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Jean Claude
  • Yves Congar, O.P.
  • Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
  • Hubert Languet
  • Maurice Leenhardt, ethnologist, theologian
  • François Picquet, 18th-century missionary in New France
  • Alexander de Rhodes S.J., 17th-century missionary to Indochina
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin S.J.
  • Auguste Sabatier
  • Antonin Sertillanges O.P., founder of the Revue Thomiste
  • Suzanne Borel, first French woman diplomat
  • André Charles Boulle, cabinet maker
  • Louis Braille, blind inventor
  • Charles Cros, poet and inventor
  • Jeanne Calment, who reached the longest lifespan in human history at 122 years and 164 days
  • Pierre de Coubertin, initiator of the modern Olympic Games
  • Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), commander and Saint
  • Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt
  • Ninon de l'Enclos, courtesan, patron of the arts
  • Cavalier de la Salle, explorer
  • Maurice Debesse, educator
  • Marcel Deprez, electrical engineer
  • René Dumont, agronomist engineer and sociologist and ecology activist
  • Jules Dumont d'Urville
  • Maurice Duverger, jurist
  • Gustave Eiffel, engineer
  • Pierre Charles L'Enfant, planned Washington, D.C.
  • Charles-Michel de l'Épée, founder of world's first public school for deaf people
  • Marquis de la Fayette, military leader in the American Revolution
  • Norbert Ferré, illusionist
  • Arthur de Gobineau, diplomat, author of An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races
  • Paul Héroult, inventor
  • Claude de Jouffroy d'Abbans, designed the first steamship in 1783
  • René Lalique, artist
  • Louis Maurice Adolphe Linant de Bellefonds, explorer and canal engineer
  • Auguste and Louis Lumière, inventors
  • Jean Paul Marat
  • Jacques Mayol, freediver
  • Philippe Méaille, contemporary art collector
  • Montgolfier brothers, balloonists
  • Jean-Marie Pelt, botanist
  • Élisée Reclus, geographer and anarchist
  • César Ritz, hotelier
  • Maximilien Robespierre
  • Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, magician, namesake of "Harry Houdini"
  • Pierre Seel, homosexual survivor of the concentration camps, activist, author
  • Philippe Starck, designer
  • Vauban, engineer
  • François Henri de la Motte, French spy executed for treason 1781 in London
  • Eugène François Vidocq, French convict-turned-spy considered the father of modern forensics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Beverley; Diamond, Dan (1997). A Year in Figure Skating. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0-7710-2755-9. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  2. ^ Spunder, Or (January 24, 2008). הקשר ג'ונתן אסוס מועמד למכבי ת"א (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved January 28, 2008. קשרה היהודי/צרפתי של ראים מהליגה ה-2 בצרפת עשוי להגיע להתרשמות במכבי.
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