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.

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916

Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867
First woman to win a Nobel Prize

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853
Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France
Eva GreenEva Green
06 July 1980
Model, Actress

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
French football Coach

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412
André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993

Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996

Pierre CuriePierre Curie
15 May 1859
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986

William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England
Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH
Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
14 December 1503

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Mansa MusaMansa Musa
1280 AD
Irène Joliot-CurieIrène Joliot-Curie
12 September 1897

Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985

Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978
Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France
Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913

Ève CurieÈve Curie
06 December 1904
Younger Daughter of Scientist Marie Curie

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
13 April 1953
First Lady of France
François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
28 September 1934
Actress & Animal Rights Activist

Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player
Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer
Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever

Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948

21 November 1694
Emma MackeyEmma Mackey
04 January 1996

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905
Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821
Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet

Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
28 May 1991
Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
22 October 1943
French Actress

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957
Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France

Jules BianchiJules Bianchi
03 August 1989
F1 Driver
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot
Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England
Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player

Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France
25 April 1214
King of France

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
11 June 1910
French Explorer

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre

David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
17 November 1966
Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Hervé VillechaizeHervé Villechaize
23 April 1943

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862
Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
12 January 1966

Delphine LaLaurieDelphine LaLaurie
19 March 1787
Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
20 May 1743
Leader of the Haitian Revolution

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.