Find out more about the greatest French, including André the Giant, Zinedine Zidane, Emmanuel Macron, Karl Marx and Arsène Wenger.

To the rest of the world, the French spell sophistication and grace. The French have long with been considered one of the most classy, intelligent and culturally rich people. And why wouldn’t they be? After all France has been the center of western cultural development from centuries. Who can beat the French when it comes to the fine arts? Artists like Jean Fouquet, Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir revolutionized the world of painting by developing newer styles. France’s contribution to literature and poetry has also been immense; the French have the distinction of having won the maximum number of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
(Footballer)

21 March 1991

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
(Footballer)

15 March 1993

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
(Football Player)

23 June 1972

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
(Former French Footballer)

17 August 1977

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

05 September 1638

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
(Footballer)

30 September 1986

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
(Current President of France)

21 December 1977

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
(Painter)

30 March 1853

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette

02 November 1755

André the GiantAndré the Giant
(Professional Wrestler)

19 May 1946

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
(French-Polish film director)

18 August 1933

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
(Heroine of France)

1412 AD

Eva GreenEva Green
(Model, Actress)

06 July 1980

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
(Dancer, Actress)

06 April 1982

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
(First Lady of France)

13 April 1953

Tony ParkerTony Parker
(Basketball Player)

17 May 1982

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

23 August 1754

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
(TV Host, Actress)

16 August 1953

Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
(King of France)

19 January 1544

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
(Actor & Football Player)

24 May 1966

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
(Singer & Actress)

22 December 1972

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
(Football Manager)

22 October 1949

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

VoltaireVoltaire
(Writer)

21 November 1694

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
(Actress)

30 September 1975

NostradamusNostradamus
(Physician)

14 December 1503

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
(Football Player)

05 December 1995

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
(Businessman)

04 August 1821

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
(Composer)

22 August 1862

Philippe I, Duke of OrléansPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
(Son of Louis XIII of France)

21 September 1640

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
(Former President of France)

22 November 1890

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

05 March 1133

Claude MonetClaude Monet
(Painter)

14 November 1840

Adrien-Marie LegendreAdrien-Marie Legendre
(Mathematician)

18 September 1752

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
(Chemist and Microbiologist)

27 December 1822

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer)

10 June 1977

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
(Actress & Animal Rights Activist)

28 September 1934

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
(Actress, Model)

14 November 1979

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
(Philosopher)

07 November 1913

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

28 June 1712

David GuettaDavid Guetta
(Disc Jockey)

07 November 1967

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

14 March 1958

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)

05 March 1949

Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
(King of France)

31 March 1519

Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)

21 February 1875

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
(Emperor of the Second French Empire)

20 April 1808

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
(French philosopher)

15 October 1926

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

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

28 May 1962

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini
(Former French Football Player, Football Administrator)

21 June 1955

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
(Philosopher)

21 June 1905

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas

24 July 1802

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

Delphine LaLaurieDelphine LaLaurie
(Socialite)

19 March 1787

Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
(Actress, Screenwriter, Director)

17 November 1966

Jules VerneJules Verne
(Writer)

08 February 1828

Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
(King of France)

15 February 1710

Charles SobhrajCharles Sobhraj
(Serial Killer)

06 April 1944

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

13 December 1553

Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
(Footballer)

28 May 1991

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

19 June 1623

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

07 June 1848

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

27 September 1601

Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
(King of France)

27 June 1550

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
(Marshal of France)

24 April 1856

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
(Actor)

12 January 1966

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
(French Explorer)

11 June 1910

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
(King of France)

19 September 1551

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
(Cellist)

07 October 1955

DJ SnakeDJ Snake
(Rapper)

13 June 1986

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

24 November 1864

French writers like Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre were more than just authors of famous novels; they were distinguished philosophers in their own right. Even our children ought to be grateful to the French for giving them fairytales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots. Cinema was created by two Frenchmen, two Frenchmen, Auguste and Louis Lumière and today France is a leader in filmmaking. The French have also left indelible marks on the fields of medicine, fashion, architecture and sports. Aren’t you intrigued to learn more about the French? Browse on to discover many more fascinating details about the famous people of France.