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
Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853

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

Eva GreenEva Green
06 July 1980
Model, Actress
Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916

14 December 1503

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player
Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
Former French Footballer

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
26 May 1969

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer & Actress

Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France
Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player
Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer

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Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England

Emma MackeyEmma Mackey
04 January 1996

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer
Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

21 November 1694

Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France
Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
28 September 1934
Actress & Animal Rights Activist

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986

Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire
Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991

Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Mansa MusaMansa Musa
1280 AD

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever

Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
13 April 1953
First Lady of France

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821

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

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey

Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
17 November 1966
Actress, Screenwriter, Director

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor
Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
07 October 1955
Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France

Philippe PetitPhilippe Petit
13 August 1949
French Tightrope Walker
Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862

Hervé VillechaizeHervé Villechaize
23 April 1943

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
11 June 1910
French Explorer

Emmanuelle SeignerEmmanuelle Seigner
22 June 1966

Tchéky KaryoTchéky Karyo
04 October 1953
Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager

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

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
12 January 1966
Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
22 October 1943
French Actress
Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871
French novelist

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
Philip IV of FrancePhilip IV of France
31 March 1268
Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
19 June 1623
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer

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.