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.