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.

Kayden BocheKayden Boche
03 June 1985
Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867
First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984

Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France
Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
Current President of France

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

Eva GreenEva Green
06 July 1980
Model, Actress
André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer & Actress

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer
Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player
Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
Former French Footballer

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821

François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
21 November 1694

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England
Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France

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Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

Philip IV of FrancePhilip IV of France
31 March 1268

Maria Theresa of SpainMaria Theresa of Spain
10 September 1638
Queen of France

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager
Philippe I, Duke of OrléansPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
21 September 1640
Son of Louis XIII of France

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England
Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
13 April 1953
First Lady of France

Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
28 September 1934
Actress & Animal Rights Activist

14 December 1503
Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model

Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982

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

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet
Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

Emma MackeyEmma Mackey
04 January 1996

Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director
Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving

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

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971
Bilal HassaniBilal Hassani
09 September 1999

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986

Isabella of FranceIsabella of France
1295 AD
Queen of England

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot
Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957

Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France
Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player

Françoise Bettencourt MeyersFrançoise Bettencourt Meyers
10 July 1953
Author and Board Member of L'Oréal

Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
19 June 1623
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor

John CalvinJohn Calvin
10 July 1509
Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor
Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906

Emmanuelle SeignerEmmanuelle Seigner
22 June 1966
Charles VII of FranceCharles VII of France
22 February 1403
King of France

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
22 October 1943
French Actress

Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948
Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
17 November 1966
Actress, Screenwriter, Director

Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux
02 January 1873
Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
11 June 1910
French Explorer
David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier
06 October 1887
Delphine LaLaurieDelphine LaLaurie
19 March 1787

Jules BianchiJules Bianchi
03 August 1989
F1 Driver
Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
12 January 1966

Louis XIII of FranceLouis XIII of France
27 September 1601
King of France
Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551
King of France

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.