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To the rest of the world, the French spell sophistication and grace. The French have long with been considered one of the most classy, intelligent and culturally rich people. And why wouldn’t they be? After all France has been the center of western cultural development from centuries. Who can beat the French when it comes to the fine arts? Artists like Jean Fouquet, Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir revolutionized the world of painting by developing newer styles. France’s contribution to literature and poetry has also been immense; the French have the distinction of having won the maximum number of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
(Painter)

30 March 1853

29 July 1890

Zundert

Aries

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
(Actress, Model)

14 November 1979

Berdiansk, Ukraine

Scorpio

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
(Former President of France)

22 November 1890

09 November 1970

Lille

Scorpio

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Belleville

Libra

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette

02 November 1755

16 October 1793

Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Scorpio

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
(Heroine of France)

1412 AD

30 May 1431

Domrémy-la-Pucelle

Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
(King of France)

05 September 1638

01 September 1715

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Virgo

VoltaireVoltaire
(Writer)

21 November 1694

30 May 1778

Paris

Scorpio

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
(Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer)

31 March 1596

11 February 1650

La Haye en Touraine, Touraine, France

Aries

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski

18 August 1933

Paris, France

Leo

François HollandeFrançois Hollande
(President of France)

12 August 1954

Rouen

Leo

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
(Philosopher, Writer, & Composer)

28 June 1712

02 July 1778

Geneva

Cancer

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault

15 October 1926

25 June 1984

Poitiers

Libra

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
(Actress)

30 September 1975

Paris, France

Libra

Claude MonetClaude Monet
(Painter)

14 November 1840

05 December 1926

Paris

Scorpio

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
(Businessman)

04 August 1821

27 February 1892

France

Leo

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
(King of France)

23 August 1754

21 January 1793

Palace of Versailles

Leo

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
(Football Player)

23 June 1972

Cancer

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

10 January 1971

Saumur, France

Leo

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
(Chemist and Microbiologist)

27 December 1822

28 September 1895

Dole, Jura, Franche-Comté, France

Capricorn

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

04 January 1960

Dréan

Scorpio

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
(Singer & Actress)

22 December 1972

Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

Sagittarius

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
(Former French Footballer)

17 August 1977

Les Ulis, Essonne, France

Leo

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
(Philosopher)

21 June 1905

15 April 1980

Paris

Gemini

David GuettaDavid Guetta
(Disc Jockey)

07 November 1967

Scorpio

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy

28 January 1955

Paris

Aquarius

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
(Artist)

28 July 1887

02 October 1968

Blainville-Crevon

Leo

John CalvinJohn Calvin
(Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor)

10 July 1509

27 May 1564

Noyon

Cancer

Thomas MertonThomas Merton
(Writer)

31 January 1915

10 December 1968

Prades

Aquarius

Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
(French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer and Catholic Philosopher)

19 June 1623

19 August 1662

Clermont-Ferrand,, Auvergne, France

Gemini

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
(French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman)

09 September 1585

04 December 1642

Paris

Virgo

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

03 November 1954

Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord

Capricorn

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

22 May 1885

France

Pisces

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
(Actress & Animal Rights Activist)

28 September 1934

Paris

Libra

Edith PiafEdith Piaf

19 December 1915

10 October 1963

Belleville, Paris, France

Sagittarius

Jules VerneJules Verne
(Writer)

08 February 1828

24 March 1905

Nantes

Aquarius

Emile DurkheimEmile Durkheim
(Sociologist & Philosopher)

15 April 1858

15 November 1917

Épinal

Aries

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
(King of France, King of Navarre)

13 December 1553

14 May 1610

Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Sagittarius

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier
(Architect)

06 October 1887

27 August 1965

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Libra

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
(Composer)

22 August 1862

25 March 1918

Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Leo

Baron de MontesquieuMontesquieu
(Philosopher)

18 January 1689

10 February 1755

Château de la Brède, La Brède, Aquitaine, France

Capricorn

Eric CantonaEric Cantona

24 May 1966

Marseille

Gemini

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
(Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving)

07 June 1848

08 May 1903

Paris

Gemini

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas

24 July 1802

05 December 1870

Leo

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
(Writer)

09 January 1908

14 April 1986

Paris

Capricorn

Antoine LavoisierAntoine Lavoisier
(Chemist)

26 August 1743

08 May 1794

Paris

Virgo

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
(Explorer)

31 July 1574

25 December 1635

Hiers-Brouage

Leo

Paul CezannePaul Cezanne

19 January 1839

22 October 1906

Aix-en-Provence

Capricorn

Carla BruniCarla Bruni

23 December 1967

Turin, Italy

Capricorn

Pierre-Auguste RenoirPierre-Auguste Renoir
(Painter)

25 February 1841

03 December 1919

Limoges

Pisces

Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
(Prince of Monaco)

14 March 1958

Prince's Palace of Monaco

Pisces

Jacques CartierJacques Cartier
(Explorer)

31 December 1491

01 September 1557

Saint-Malo

Capricorn

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
(Marshal of France)

24 April 1856

23 July 1951

Cauchy-à-la-Tour

Taurus

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
(Dancer)

03 June 1906

12 April 1975

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S

Gemini

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust

10 July 1871

18 November 1922

Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy

Cancer

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
(Actress)

09 March 1964

Paris

Pisces

Liliane BettencourtLiliane Bettencourt
(Owner of L'Oréal)

21 October 1922

Paris

Libra

Henri de Toulouse-LautrecHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
(Painter)

24 November 1864

09 September 1901

Albi

Sagittarius

Edgar DegasEdgar Degas
(Impressionist Painter)

19 July 1834

27 September 1917

Paris, France

Cancer

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
(Philosopher)

15 July 1930

09 October 2004

El Biar, French Algeria

Cancer

Emile ZolaEmile Zola

02 April 1840

29 September 1902

Paris

Aries

Camille Saint-SaensCamille Saint-Saëns
(Composer, Organist, Pianist)

09 October 1835

16 December 1921

Paris

Libra

Louis XIII of FranceLouis XIII of France
(King of France)

27 September 1601

14 May 1643

Fontainebleau

Libra

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel
(Composer)

07 March 1875

28 December 1937

Ciboure, France

Pisces

Édouard ManetÉdouard Manet
(Artist)

23 January 1832

30 April 1883

Paris, France

Aquarius

Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
(Leader of the Haitian Revolution)

20 May 1743

07 April 1803

Saint-Dominigue (present day Haiti)

Taurus

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg

02 April 1928

02 March 1991

Paris

Aries

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall

06 July 1887

28 March 1985

Lizona, Belarus

Cancer

Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville

29 July 1805

16 April 1859

Paris, France

Leo

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
(French Actress)

22 October 1943

Paris, France

Libra

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
(Poet)

09 April 1821

31 August 1867

Paris

Aries

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini
(Former French Football Player, Football Administrator)

21 June 1955

Jœuf, France

Gemini

Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

05 August 1850

06 July 1893

château de Miromesnil, France

Leo

Audrey TautouAudrey Tautou

09 August 1976

Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France

Leo

Auguste RodinAuguste Rodin
(Sculptor)

12 November 1840

17 November 1917

Paris

Scorpio

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
(Emperor of the French)

15 August 1769

05 May 1821

Ajaccio

Leo

Jacques-Louis DavidJacques-Louis David
(Neoclassical Style Painter)

30 August 1748

29 December 1825

Paris

Virgo

Eugène DelacroixEugène Delacroix
(Painter)

26 April 1798

13 August 1863

Charenton-Saint-Maurice, Île-de-France, France

Taurus

Louis XVIII of FranceLouis XVIII of France
(King of France)

17 November 1755

16 September 1824

Paris

Scorpio

Roland BarthesRoland Barthes
(French Literary Theorist & Philosopher)

12 November 1915

25 March 1980

Cherbourg-Octeville

Scorpio

Erik SatieErik Satie
(Pianist)

17 May 1866

01 July 1925

Honfleur, France

Taurus

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
(Politician, Ex-President of France, Ex-Prime Minister of France and Ex-Mayor of Paris)

29 November 1932

Paris

Sagittarius

Charles AznavourCharles Aznavour
(Singer)

22 May 1924

Paris

Gemini

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
(Political Leader)

05 August 1968

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Leo

Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)

22 August 1908

03 August 2004

Chanteloup-en-Brie, France

Leo

Gilles de RaisGilles de Rais
(Serial Killer of Children)

04 September 1404

26 October 1440

Champtocé-sur-Loire, Anjou

Virgo

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
(Poet)

20 October 1854

10 November 1891

Charleville-Mézières

Libra

Gustave EiffelGustave Eiffel
(Architect, Civil Engineer)

15 December 1832

27 December 1923

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France

Sagittarius

Auguste ComteAuguste Comte

19 January 1798

05 September 1857

Montpellier, France

Capricorn

Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac
(French Novelist and Playwright)

20 May 1799

18 August 1850

Tours

Taurus

Christian DiorChristian Dior
(Fashion Designers)

21 January 1905

23 October 1957

Granville

Aquarius

Louis-Hector BerliozHector Berlioz
(Music Composer)

11 December 1803

08 March 1869

La Côte-Saint-André

Sagittarius

Michel de MontaigneMichel de Montaigne
(Philosopher)

28 February 1533

13 September 1592

Château de Montaigne

Pisces

Leslie CaronLeslie Caron
(Actress)

01 July 1931

Boulogne-sur-Seine, France

Cancer

Joséphine de BeauharnaisJoséphine de Beauharnais
(First Empress of the French)

23 June 1763

29 May 1814

Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique

Cancer

Henri PoincareHenri Poincare
(Mathematician and Philosopher)

29 April 1854

17 July 1912

Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Taurus

Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro
(Painter, Printmaker)

10 July 1830

13 November 1903

Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)

Cancer

Pierre-Simon LaplacePierre-Simon Laplace
(Scientist)

23 March 1749

05 March 1827

Beaumont-en-Auge

Aries

Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
(Theologian, Organist, Philosopher, Physician, Medical Missionary)

14 January 1875

04 September 1965

Kaysersberg

Capricorn

French writers like Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre were more than just authors of famous novels; they were distinguished philosophers in their own right. Even our children ought to be grateful to the French for giving them fairytales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots. Cinema was created by two Frenchmen, two Frenchmen, Auguste and Louis Lumière and today France is a leader in filmmaking. The French have also left indelible marks on the fields of medicine, fashion, architecture and sports. Aren’t you intrigued to learn more about the French? Browse on to discover many more fascinating details about the famous people of France.

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