Algerian

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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 1 Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bab El Oued, Algiers, 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.

 2 Albert Camus

Albert Camus.
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Famous As: Philosopher & Novelist
Birthdate: November 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drean, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960

Albert Camus was a French philosopher and the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His philosophical views contributed to the rise of absurdism, a philosophical concept. Also a prolific writer, Albert Camus had an illustrious literary career; most of his philosophical essays and novels are still influential.

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 3 Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Biar, French Algeria
Died: October 9, 2004

Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher remembered for developing deconstruction, a form of semiotic analysis. Derrida is one of the most influential figures associated with postmodern philosophy and post-structuralism. He also had a major influence on academic disciplines like philosophy, law, political theory, anthropology, applied linguistics, and historiography. He also influenced music, art criticism, art, and architecture.

 4 Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon

Karim Benzema is a French football player often described as strong, powerful, and immensely talented striker. Over the years, Karim has gained the reputation of not missing an opportunity to score a goal once he gets inside the penalty area. In 2010, he got into legal trouble after visiting a 16-year-old prostitute in Paris. The charges were dropped in 2014.

 5 Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
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.

 6 Martinique

Martinique
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 7 Hamza Bendelladj

Hamza Bendelladj
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Computer engineer
Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
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 8 Khaled

Khaled
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 9 Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Longest Serving President of Algeria
Birthdate: March 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oujda

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.

 10 Marlene Jobert

Marlene Jobert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

 11 Sofiane Feghouli

Sofiane Feghouli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Levallois-Perret, France

 12 Yacine Brahimi

Yacine Brahimi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Algerian-French footballer
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 13 Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois

Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: September 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: November 16, 1977

 14 Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: June 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers, French Algeria

 15 Soolking

Soolking
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Hammamet, Algeria

 16 Adil Aouchiche

Adil Aouchiche
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 15, 2002
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

 17 Baghdad Bounedjah

Baghdad Bounedjah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 18 Cheb Mami

Cheb Mami
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saïda, Algeria

 19 Hélène Cixous

Hélène Cixous.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: June 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oran

Hélène Cixous is a professor, poet, playwright, rhetorician, literary critic, philosopher, and French feminist writer. She is best known for writing an article titled The Laugh of the Medusa, which earned her popularity and established her as a thinker in post-structural feminism.

 20 Youcef Atal

Youcef Atal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boghni, Algeria

 21 Luca Zidane

Luca Zidane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
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. 

 22 Faouzi Ghoulam

Faouzi Ghoulam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

 23 Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
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.

 24 Adam Ounas

Adam Ounas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France

 25 Jacques Rancière

Jacques Rancière
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

 26 Rayan Aït-Nouri

Rayan Aït-Nouri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 6, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreuil, France

 27 Ahmed Ben Bella

Ahmed Ben Bella.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First President of Algeria
Birthdate: December 25, 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.

 28 Ishak Belfodil

Ishak Belfodil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mostaganem, Algeria

 29 Zahia Dehar

Zahia Dehar.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
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.

 30 Islam Slimani

Islam Slimani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

 31 Jacques Attali

Jacques Attali
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

French economic and social theorist Jacques Attali was born in Algiers and later moved to Paris with his family. Apart from heading the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, he has established various non-profits and the EUREKA program. He has also penned books such as Labyrinth in Culture and Society.

 32 Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 33 Maxime Lopez

Maxime Lopez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marseille, France

 34 Nabil Bentaleb

Nabil Bentaleb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lille, France

 35 Adlène Guedioura

Adlène Guedioura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Roche-sur-Yon, France

 36 Monica of Hippo

Monica of Hippo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0331 AD
Birthplace: Souk Ahras
Died: 0387 AD

 37 Yacine Adli

Yacine Adli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 29, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vitry-sur-Seine, France

 38 Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Intellectual
Birthdate: November 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Béni Saf, Algeria

 39 Saïd Benrahma

Saïd Benrahma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aïn Témouchent, Algeria

 40 Saphir Taïder

Saphir Taïder
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castres, France

 41 Yassine Benzia

Yassine Benzia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Aubin-lès-Elbeuf, France

 42 Ismael Bennacer

Ismael Bennacer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arles, France

 43 Rayan Cherki

Rayan Cherki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 44 Rachid Ghezzal

Rachid Ghezzal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Décines-Charpieu, France

 45 Emir Abdelkader

Emir Abdelkader
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: September 6, 1808
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guettana, Algeria
Died: May 26, 1883

 46 Hillal Soudani

Hillal Soudani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chlef, Algeria

 47 Aissa Mandi

Aissa Mandi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Châlons-en-Champagne, France

 48 Alain Chabat

Alain Chabat
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 49 Lyna Khoudri

Lyna Khoudri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

 50 Abdelhamid Ben Badis

Abdelhamid Ben Badis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: December 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: April 16, 1940

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.