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

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
Singer-songwriter

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853
Painter

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998
Footballer
Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

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

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

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
President
François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player

NostradamusNostradamus
14 December 1503
Physician

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician
Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883
Fashion Designer

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model
Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993
Footballer

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
 
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982
Dancer

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916
Actress
Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco

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Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever
Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975
Actress

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

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906
Dancer

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991
Footballer
VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694
Writer
Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
26 May 1969
Banker

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France

Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985
Actress
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Philosopher

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986
Actress

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986
Footballer
Maximilien de RobespierreMaximilien de Robespierre
06 May 1758
Influential Figure of the French Revolution

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
28 September 1934
Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957
Actor
Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971
Actress

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player

Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
27 June 1550
King of France

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Edith PiafEdith Piaf
19 December 1915
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader
Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
13 April 1953
First Lady of France

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
07 October 1955
Cellist

Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948
Actor
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet
Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905
Philosopher

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

Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Painter
Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist

David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551
King of France

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Actor
Carla BruniCarla Bruni
23 December 1967
French-Italian singer-songwriter

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager

Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964
Actress

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer
Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France
Emma MackeyEmma Mackey
04 January 1996
Actress

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Writer

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez
12 January 1966
Actor

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
Irène Joliot-CurieIrène Joliot-Curie
12 September 1897
Chemist

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862
Composer

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg
02 April 1928
 
Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve
22 October 1943
French Actress

Pierre CuriePierre Curie
15 May 1859
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
17 November 1966
Actress, Screenwriter, Director

Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer
Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
28 May 1991
Footballer
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor

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.