Arpad Busson is a French financier. He is credited with founding the EIM Group, for which he also serves as the chairman. Also known for his philanthropic efforts around the world, Arpad Busson is an ardent supporter of venture philanthropy, which encourages people to operate charity organizations like any other business ventures to maximize the effectiveness of charitable pursuits.
Michael Vartan is a French-American actor best known for playing Michael Vaughn in the American action-thriller television series Alias. His performance in the series earned him nominations at Saturn Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He is also known for his film roles, such as Sam Coulson in Never Been Kissed for which he received an MTV Movie Award nomination.
Edmond James de Rothschild was a French businessman with deep connections to the Rothschild banking family. He was a strong supporter of Zionism and donated significant amounts that went towards the establishment of the State of Israel. He also provided funds for the foundation of the Friends of the French National Museum of Natural History Society.
Born into a family of horse breeders, actor, director and screenwriter Guillaume Canet aspired to become a show jumper. However, a fall at the age of eighteen steered his destiny towards acting and very soon he was staring in films like Joyeux Noël and The Beach. Eventually he also started directing; winning several awards for his 2006 production, Tell No One.
Nobel Prize-winning French author Patrick Modiano was born in Paris, in the post-World War II era, and was introduced to literature by his geometry teacher Raymond Queneau, who was also a writer. Modiano's novels, mostly containing a fusion of autobiographical and fictional elements, depicted the impact of war on people.
An ardent advocate of liberal feminism and also of the rights of women migrant workers, Élisabeth Badinter is an eminent French philosopher. Also a prolific author, she has published several works including L'Amour en plus ear, L'un est l'autre and La fausse route, raising contentious questions through them. Also a staunch supporter of French secularism, she supported Islamic scarf ban
Philippe Garrel is a French film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, and editor. He is best known for his association with the French New Wave. Philippe Garrel is also known for making critically acclaimed movies that have earned him awards at Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.
Thierry Lhermitte is a French actor, film producer, director, and writer. He is credited with founding a comedy troupe called Le Splendid. The group adapted many of its stage shows into films and came up with successful movies, such as Les Bronzés, Le Père Noël est une ordure, and Un indien dans la ville.
SebastiAn is a French DJ, mixer, vocalist, musician, producer, composer, and engineer. He has worked as a remixer for singers and bands like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beastie Boys, and Bloc Party. SebastiAn has also produced and composed songs for artistes like Juliette Armanet, Katerine, and Kavinsky. Many of his songs have been used in video games and on TV.
Édith Cresson is a French politician who served as the prime minister of France from 1991 to 1992. She is the first, and so far the only woman to have held this office. Her term was uneventful and her political career ended in scandal. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders as well.
Ophélie Winter is a French R&B and hip-hop singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Apart from her association with EastWest Records, through which she has released a number of hit songs, Ophélie Winter is also known for her dancing skills which she exhibited in the fifth season of Danse avec les Stars, the French version of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2014.
Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist, visual artist, sculptor, and painter. He is credited with creating many world-famous installations, such as Les Deux Plateaux. One of the most active and renowned artists on the international scene, Daniel Buren is the recipient of several prestigious awards like the Golden Lion and the Premium Imperiale.