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.

Charles SobhrajCharles Sobhraj
06 April 1944
Serial Killer
Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French

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

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853
Painter

André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
Singer-songwriter
Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998
Footballer

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director
Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH
Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
President

Eva GreenEva Green
06 July 1980
Model, Actress

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
French football Coach
Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412
Saint

William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986
Actress
Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991
Footballer
Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993
Footballer

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model

Mansa MusaMansa Musa
1280 AD
Emperor
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher
Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player

Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever
François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

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Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England
Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
 

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957
Actor

Nora ArnezederNora Arnezeder
08 May 1989
Actress

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975
Actress
NostradamusNostradamus
14 December 1503
Physician
Jules BianchiJules Bianchi
03 August 1989
F1 Driver

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
07 October 1955
Cellist

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986
Footballer

Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916
Actress
Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire

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

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

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985
Actress

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
13 April 1953
First Lady of France
Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694
Writer
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982
Dancer

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer
Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager
Maximilien de RobespierreMaximilien de Robespierre
06 May 1758
Influential Figure of the French Revolution

Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

Edith PiafEdith Piaf
19 December 1915
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Painter
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971
Actress

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Actor
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 

Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948
Actor

Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France
Nicolas AnelkaNicolas Anelka
14 March 1979
Football Player

David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey
Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France

Pierre CuriePierre Curie
15 May 1859
Nobel Laureate in Physics

Irène Joliot-CurieIrène Joliot-Curie
12 September 1897
Chemist
Carla BruniCarla Bruni
23 December 1967
French-Italian singer-songwriter

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Writer
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer
Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player
Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
28 May 1991
Footballer

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964
Actress

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
12 January 1966
Actor

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862
Composer

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
05 August 1968
Political Leader

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
22 October 1943
French Actress

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg
02 April 1928
 
Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
27 June 1550
King of France

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551
King of France
ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist
Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer

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.