Algerian

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Algeria, the largest country in Africa and the Arab world boasts of a rich cultural heritage as it has known many empires and dynasties in the ancient times, and was once a part of the French colonial empire. Berber King Masinissa who lived in ancient Algeria is still viewed as an icon and an important forefather among modern Berbers. During the Middle Ages, the country was home to many great scholars, saints and sovereigns including Judah Ibn Quraysh, and the great Sufi masters Sidi Boumediene (Abu Madyan) and Sidi El Houari.

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Sofia Boutella
(Algerian Actress and Dancer Known for Her Films: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’)
Sofia Boutella
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Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bab El Oued, Algeria

Algerian-French dancer, actress and model, Sofia Boutella garnered fame with the hugely successful international commercial campaign for Nike. The success paved way for her to become a star dancer with Rihanna and Madonna. Later, she starred in films like StreetDance 2 and Star Trek Beyond. Earlier, she was a part of French national gymnastics team.

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Riyad Mahrez
(French Football Player Who Plays as a Winger )
Riyad Mahrez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarcelles, France

Riyad Mahrez is a professional footballer. He plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the Algerian national team. He began his youth career playing for French club AAS Sarcelles and turned professional in 2009. He represented Algeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the 2015–16 season, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

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Hamza Bendelladj
(Computer engineer)
Hamza Bendelladj
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
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St. Augustine
(Theologian, Philosopher and One of the Most Important Church Fathers of the Latin Church in the Patristic Period.)
St. Augustine
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Birthdate: November 13, 0354
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thagaste
Died: August 28, 0430

Saint Augustine was a philosopher, theologian, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Roman North Africa. His writings are often credited with influencing the growth of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He is also regarded as one of the Latin Church's most important Church Fathers in the Patristic Period. Among his many important works are Confessions and On Christian Doctrine.

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Islam Slimani
(Footballer)
Islam Slimani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria
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Khaled
(Musician)
Khaled
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
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Ismael Bennacer
(Footballer)
Ismael Bennacer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arles, France
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Yacine Brahimi
(Football player - Winger, attacking midfielder)
Yacine Brahimi
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Sofiane Feghouli
(Footballer)
Sofiane Feghouli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Levallois-Perret, France
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Monica of Hippo
(Christian saint and the mother of Augustine of Hippo)
Monica of Hippo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0332 AD
Birthplace: Souk Ahras, Algeria
Died: August 27, 0387
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Jacques Torres
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: June 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers, French Algeria
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Saïd Benrahma
(Football player)
Saïd Benrahma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aïn Témouchent, Algeria
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Lyna Khoudri
(Actress)
Lyna Khoudri
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Birthdate: October 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria
Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: November 16, 1977
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(President of Algeria (1999 - 2019))
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco
Died: September 17, 2021

Abdelaziz Bouteflika is an Algerian politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. In 1999, he became the seventh president of Algeria and served in that position for nearly 20 years, becoming Algeria's longest-serving head of state. During his presidency, Abdelaziz Bouteflika oversaw the end of the Algerian Civil War.

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Martinique
(Martinican Author, Poet, and Politician)
Martinique
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Listed In: Writers

Aimé Césaire was a Martinican author, poet, and politician. A co-founder of the Négritude movement, Césaire is credited with coining the term négritude in French. A prominent and influential writer, Césaire's works have been translated into numerous languages.

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Baghdad Bounedjah
(Football player)
Baghdad Bounedjah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
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François Pinault
(Businessperson, founder of the luxury group Kering and the investment company Artémis)
François Pinault
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Les Champs-Géraux, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France
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Soolking
(Singer)
Soolking
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Hammamet, Algeria
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Faouzi Ghoulam
(Football player)
Faouzi Ghoulam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France
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Luca Zidane
(Footballer)
Luca Zidane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marseille, France

Luca Zidane is a French professional footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Rayo Vallecano. The son of former footballer Zinedine Zidane, Luca was introduced to the sport early on. He joined the Real Madrid youth academy as a child and made his professional debut for Real Madrid in 2016. His father manages his career. 

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Rachida Brakni
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Birthdate: February 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Giorgio Chiellini
(Association football player)
Giorgio Chiellini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pisa

Italian footballer Giorgio Chiellini has made a name for himself as a defender for Juventus and the Italian national team. He had begun his career playing for Livorno at the tender age of 6 and was also part of the bronze-winning national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Ahmed Ben Bella
(First President of Algeria)
Ahmed Ben Bella
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maghnia, Algeria
Died: April 11, 2012

Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria’s first president, had humble beginnings, as the son of a farmer and small-time businessman. He once went to prison after robbing a post office to fund his revolutionary operations and later formed the National Liberation Front to fight against the French colonial reign.

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Marlene Jobert
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Birthdate: November 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria
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Zahia Dehar
(French-Algerian Fashion and Lingerie Designer)
Zahia Dehar
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ghriss, Algeria
At 17, French-Algerian Zahia Dehar made headlines as part of a scandal that claimed she had been an underage escort to footballers Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema. Now a model and a lingerie designer, Dehar has appeared in the film Une Fille Facile, playing a sexually liberated girl named Sofia.
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Houssem Aouar
(Football player)
Houssem Aouar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Youcef Atal
(Football player)
Youcef Atal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boghni, Algeria
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Enrico Macias
(Singer-songwriter whose 1960s singles)
Enrico Macias
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 11, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
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Nabil Bentaleb
(Football - Midfielder for Algeria)
Nabil Bentaleb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lille, France
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Ishak Belfodil
(Football player)
Ishak Belfodil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mostaganem, Algeria
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Adam Ounas
(Football player)
Adam Ounas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France
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Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
(Consort of the Danish monarch)
Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Talence, France
Died: February 13, 2018

Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, was a skilled winemaker and a talented poet, known for his flamboyant lifestyle. He had often publicly expressed his unhappiness over not being named a king and also declared he wouldn’t want to be buried next to his wife.

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Adlène Guedioura
(Football player)
Adlène Guedioura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Roche-sur-Yon, France
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Rachid Ghezzal
(Football player)
Rachid Ghezzal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Décines-Charpieu, France
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Emir Abdelkader
(Military Leader)
Emir Abdelkader
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 6, 1808
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guettana, Algeria
Died: May 26, 1883
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Jugurtha
(King)
Jugurtha
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Birthdate: 0160 AD
Birthplace: Cirta, Algeria
Died: 0104 AD
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Raïs M'Bolhi
(Football player)
Raïs M'Bolhi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Yvan Attal
(Actor, Director)
Yvan Attal
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Yvan Attal is an Israeli-French actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his work in the film My Wife Is an Actress, for which he received a Cesar Award nomination. He acted in one segment of the film New York, I Love You, and directed another. He also dubs and has dubbed for Tom Cruise’s character in many films.    

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Abdelhamid Ben Badis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: April 16, 1940
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Rachid Taha
(Singer)
Rachid Taha
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sig, Algeria
Died: September 12, 2018
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Adil Aouchiche
(Football player)
Adil Aouchiche
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 2002
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
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Rayan Cherki
(Football player)
Rayan Cherki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Yacine Adli
(Football player)
Yacine Adli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 29, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vitry-sur-Seine, France
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Aissa Mandi
(Association football player)
Aissa Mandi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Châlons-en-Champagne, France
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Hillal Soudani
(Football player)
Hillal Soudani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chlef, Algeria
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Masinissa
(Former King of Numidia (202 - 148 BC))
Masinissa
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Birthdate: 0238 AD
Birthplace: Mascula, Algeria
Died: 0148 AD

Masinissa was a 2nd-century BC king of the North African kingdom of Numidia. While he initially fought against the Romans, supporting Carthage in Spain, he later joined the Roman forces and emerged victorious in the Battle of the Great Plains. He ruled for over 5 decades, until age 90.

Ptolemy of Mauretania
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Birthdate: 0009 AD
Birthplace: Cherchell, Algeria
Died: 0040 AD
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Rayan Aït-Nouri
(Football player)
Rayan Aït-Nouri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreuil, France
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Amine Gouiri
(Football player)
Amine Gouiri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bourgoin-Jallieu, France

For a period between the 16th and 19th century, a region of Algeria was partially ruled by Ottomans, and Hayreddin Barbarossa is credited to have played a major role in bringing about Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century. The French invaded Algeria in the 19th century and Algerian military leader Abdelkader ibn Muhieddine led a valiant but unsuccessful struggle against the French colonial invasion. The country finally became independent in mid 20th century with socialist soldier and revolutionary Ahmed Ben Bella taking over as president. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Algerians.