Find out more about the greatest French, including Roman Polanski, Marie Antoinette, Vincent van Gogh, Avril Lavigne and Louis XIV of France.

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.

André the GiantAndré the Giant
(Professional Wrestler)

19 May 1946

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
(Football Player)

23 June 1972

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
(Current President of France)

21 December 1977

Karl MarxKarl Marx
(Economist, Philosopher)

05 May 1818

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
(Football Manager)

22 October 1949

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann

21 March 1991

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh

30 March 1853

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

05 September 1638

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba

15 March 1993

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
(First Lady of France)

13 April 1953

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette

02 November 1755

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
(Heroine of France)

1412 AD

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
(Former French Footballer)

17 August 1977

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
(French-Polish film director)

18 August 1933

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
(Dancer, Actress)

06 April 1982

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud

30 September 1986

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

14 March 1958

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

23 August 1754


21 November 1694

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard

30 September 1975

Claude MonetClaude Monet

14 November 1840

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

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

19 January 1544

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

05 March 1133

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
(Former President of France)

22 November 1890

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
(Singer & Actress)

22 December 1972

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer)

10 June 1977

David GuettaDavid Guetta
(Disc Jockey)

07 November 1967

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton

04 August 1821

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
(Actress, Model)

14 November 1979

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

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

28 June 1712

Albert CamusAlbert Camus

07 November 1913

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
(TV Host, Actress)

16 August 1953

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
(French philosopher)

15 October 1926


14 December 1503

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
(Actor & Football Player)

24 May 1966

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
(Emperor of the Second French Empire)

20 April 1808

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
(Actress & Animal Rights Activist)

28 September 1934

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

21 September 1640

Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette

28 May 1991

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)

05 March 1949

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre

21 June 1905

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
(Chemist and Microbiologist)

27 December 1822

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

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

31 March 1519

Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
(Football Player)

05 December 1995

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy

22 August 1862

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy

26 May 1969

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

28 May 1962

Jules VerneJules Verne

08 February 1828

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

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

19 June 1623

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas

24 July 1802

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

13 December 1553

Delphine LaLaurieDelphine LaLaurie

19 March 1787

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

07 June 1848

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker

03 June 1906

John CalvinJohn Calvin
(Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor)

10 July 1509

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir

09 January 1908

DJ SnakeDJ Snake

13 June 1986

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

19 September 1551

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

21 June 1955

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

27 September 1601

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
(French Explorer)

11 June 1910

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
(King of England)

06 January 1367

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier

06 October 1887

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche

09 March 1964

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
(British Politician)

16 November 1896

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
(Marshal of France)

24 April 1856

Philippe PetitPhilippe Petit
(French Tightrope Walker)

13 August 1949

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy

28 January 1955

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma

07 October 1955

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.