List of famous French men with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous People From France

The French man is stylish, sophisticated and loves to smoke! These are the stereotypes that people from other countries associate with the French male. The French’s passion and romance is well known, so is their obsession with cigars and cigarettes. But what people often overlook is that the French man also belongs to the classy, intelligent and cultured breed of men. Apart from having women the world over swoon over them, it should be mentioned that French men have played a pivotal role in world history. On a serious note, France has been the center of western cultural development from centuries, and the influence of French men on the world of fine arts is immeasurable. While artists like Jean Fouquet, Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir revolutionized the art of painting, two Frenchmen, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the world to the concept of cinema, a new medium they had created.

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
(Current President of France)

21 December 1977

Amiens, France

Sagittarius

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
(Painter)

30 March 1853

29 July 1890

Zundert

Aries

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

05 September 1638

01 September 1715

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Virgo

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

14 March 1883

Trier

Taurus

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
(Football Manager)

22 October 1949

Strasbourg

Libra

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
(French-Polish film director)

18 August 1933

Paris, France

Leo

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
(Football Player)

23 June 1972

Cancer

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
(Footballer)

15 March 1993

Lagny-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne

Pisces

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
(Former French Footballer)

17 August 1977

Les Ulis, Essonne, France

Leo

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

23 August 1754

21 January 1793

Palace of Versailles

Leo

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
(Footballer)

30 September 1986

Chambéry

Libra

VoltaireVoltaire
(Writer)

21 November 1694

30 May 1778

Paris

Scorpio

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
(Footballer)

21 March 1991

Mâcon

Aries

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
(Former President of France)

22 November 1890

09 November 1970

Lille

Scorpio

Claude MonetClaude Monet
(Painter)

14 November 1840

05 December 1926

Paris

Scorpio

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

28 June 1712

02 July 1778

Geneva

Cancer

NostradamusNostradamus
(Physician)

14 December 1503

02 July 1566

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

Sagittarius

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
(King of England)

05 March 1133

06 July 1189

Le Mans, France

Pisces

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
(French philosopher)

15 October 1926

25 June 1984

Poitiers

Libra

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

04 January 1960

Dréan

Scorpio

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
(Businessman)

04 August 1821

27 February 1892

France

Leo

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

14 March 1958

Prince's Palace of Monaco

Pisces

David GuettaDavid Guetta
(Disc Jockey)

07 November 1967

Scorpio

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
(Emperor of the Second French Empire)

20 April 1808

09 January 1873

Paris, France

Aries

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
(Chemist and Microbiologist)

27 December 1822

28 September 1895

Dole, Jura, Franche-Comté, France

Capricorn

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

22 May 1885

France

Pisces

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
(Philosopher)

21 June 1905

15 April 1980

Paris

Gemini

François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
(CEO of Kering)

28 May 1962

Rennes, France

Gemini

Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
(Footballer)

28 May 1991

Lyon

Gemini

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)

05 March 1949

Roubaix

Pisces

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

03 November 1954

Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord

Capricorn

Jules VerneJules Verne
(Writer)

08 February 1828

24 March 1905

Nantes

Aquarius

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

13 December 1553

14 May 1610

Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Sagittarius

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
(Composer)

22 August 1862

25 March 1918

Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Leo

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

02 December 1814

Paris

Gemini

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas

24 July 1802

05 December 1870

Leo

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

19 June 1623

19 August 1662

Clermont-Ferrand,, Auvergne, France

Gemini

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
(Football Player)

05 December 1995

Massy, Essonne

Sagittarius

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy

28 January 1955

Paris

Aquarius

John CalvinJohn Calvin
(Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor)

10 July 1509

27 May 1564

Noyon

Cancer

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
(King of England)

06 January 1367

14 February 1400

Bordeaux

Capricorn

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
(British Politician)

16 November 1896

03 December 1980

Mayfair, London

Scorpio

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

07 June 1848

08 May 1903

Paris

Gemini

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
(Banker)

26 May 1969

Boulogne-Billancourt

Gemini

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

27 September 1601

14 May 1643

Fontainebleau

Libra

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

24 November 1864

09 September 1901

Albi

Sagittarius

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier
(Architect)

06 October 1887

27 August 1965

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Libra

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
(Marshal of France)

24 April 1856

23 July 1951

Cauchy-à-la-Tour

Taurus

Philippe PetitPhilippe Petit
(French Tightrope Walker)

13 August 1949

Nemours, France

Leo

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
(Cellist)

07 October 1955

Paris, France

Libra

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
(Philosopher)

15 July 1930

09 October 2004

El Biar, French Algeria

Cancer

Eric CantonaEric Cantona

24 May 1966

Marseille

Gemini

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
(French Explorer)

11 June 1910

25 June 1997

Saint-André-de-Cubzac

Gemini

Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
(Leader of the Haitian Revolution)

20 May 1743

07 April 1803

Saint-Dominigue (present day Haiti)

Taurus

Edgar DegasEdgar Degas
(Impressionist Painter)

19 July 1834

27 September 1917

Paris, France

Cancer

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg

02 April 1928

02 March 1991

Paris

Aries

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp
(Artist)

28 July 1887

02 October 1968

Blainville-Crevon

Leo

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
(French novelist)

10 July 1871

18 November 1922

Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy

Cancer

Baron de MontesquieuMontesquieu
(Philosopher)

18 January 1689

10 February 1755

Château de la Brède, La Brède, Aquitaine, France

Capricorn

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
(Musician)

23 January 1910

16 May 1953

Liberchies, Belgium

Aquarius

DJ SnakeDJ Snake
(Rapper)

13 June 1986

Île-de-France, France

Gemini

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
(Artist)

06 July 1887

28 March 1985

Lizona, Belarus

Cancer

Arpad BussonArpad Busson
(Financier, Philanthropist)

27 January 1963

Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Aquarius

Gilles de RaisGilles de Rais
(Serial Killer of Children)

04 September 1404

26 October 1440

Champtocé-sur-Loire, Anjou

Virgo

Antoine LavoisierAntoine Lavoisier
(Chemist)

26 August 1743

08 May 1794

Paris

Virgo

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

17 November 1755

16 September 1824

Paris

Scorpio

Christian DiorChristian Dior
(Fashion Designers)

21 January 1905

23 October 1957

Granville

Aquarius

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
(Poet)

09 April 1821

31 August 1867

Paris

Aries

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel
(Composer)

07 March 1875

28 December 1937

Ciboure, France

Pisces

François HollandeFrançois Hollande
(President of France)

12 August 1954

Rouen

Leo

Lea Elui GinetLea Elui Ginet
(Musical.ly & Instagram Star)

04 January 2001

Marseille, France

Capricorn

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
(Composer)

24 August 1948

France

Virgo

Pierre-Auguste RenoirPierre-Auguste Renoir
(Painter)

25 February 1841

03 December 1919

Limoges

Pisces

Charles X of FranceCharles X of France
(King of France and Navarre)

09 October 1757

06 November 1836

Palace of Versailles, France

Libra

Erik SatieErik Satie
(Pianist)

17 May 1866

01 July 1925

Honfleur, France

Taurus

Samuel de ChamplainSamuel de Champlain
(Explorer)

31 July 1574

25 December 1635

Hiers-Brouage

Leo

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
(French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman)

09 September 1585

04 December 1642

Paris

Virgo

Jacques CartierJacques Cartier
(Explorer)

31 December 1491

01 September 1557

Saint-Malo

Capricorn

Jacques LacanJacques Lacan
(Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist)

13 April 1901

09 September 1981

Paris

Aries

Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
(Philosopher, Theologian)

14 January 1875

04 September 1965

Kaysersberg

Capricorn

Gustave EiffelGustave Eiffel
(Architect, Civil Engineer)

15 December 1832

27 December 1923

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France

Sagittarius