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.

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
18 August 1933
French-Polish Film Director
Emma MackeyEmma Mackey
04 January 1996
Actress

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh
30 March 1853
Painter

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

Mélanie LaurentMélanie Laurent
21 February 1983
Actress, Director

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé
20 December 1998
Footballer
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
Singer-songwriter

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

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France
Eva GreenEva Green
06 July 1980
Model, Actress

Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux
01 July 1985
Actress

André the GiantAndré the Giant
19 May 1946
Professional Wrestler

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
06 January 1412
Saint

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
05 March 1949
Chairman & CEO of LMVH
François-Henri PinaultFrançois-Henri Pinault
28 May 1962
CEO of Kering

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
23 June 1972
Football Player

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer & Actress

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician
Thierry HenryThierry Henry
17 August 1977
Former French Footballer

NostradamusNostradamus
14 December 1503
Physician
Paul PogbaPaul Pogba
15 March 1993
Footballer

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard
30 September 1975
Actress

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

Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
21 February 1875
Oldest Person Ever
Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
21 March 1991
Footballer

Camille ClaudelCamille Claudel
08 December 1864
Sculptor

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821
Businessman
Anthony MartialAnthony Martial
05 December 1995
Football Player

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Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Philosopher
Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France

Philip IV of FrancePhilip IV of France
31 March 1268
King

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

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
14 November 1979
Actress, Model
Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
10 June 1977
Ballet Dancer, Choreographer
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

VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694
Writer
Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
27 December 1901
Actress & Singer

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

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

Claude MonetClaude Monet
14 November 1840
Painter
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire
Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud
30 September 1986
Footballer

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
28 September 1934
Actress & Animal Rights Activist

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982
Dancer
Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905
Philosopher

Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
27 December 1822
Chemist and Microbiologist
Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet

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

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff
03 May 1986
Actress

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906
Dancer

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
22 October 1949
Football Manager
Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France

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

Max von SydowMax von Sydow
10 April 1929
Actor

Emmanuelle SeignerEmmanuelle Seigner
22 June 1966
Actress
Eric CantonaEric Cantona
24 May 1966
Actor & Football Player

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer
Tony ParkerTony Parker
17 May 1982
Basketball Player

Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
02 May 1892
Fighter Pilot

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist
Isabella of FranceIsabella of France
1295 AD
Queen of England

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg
21 July 1971
Actress
Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player
Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert
29 March 1957
Actor

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy
26 May 1969
Banker
Jean RenoJean Reno
30 July 1948
Actor

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
03 December 1930
Film Director

Hervé VillechaizeHervé Villechaize
23 April 1943
Actor

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre
Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Writer
Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
31 December 1869
Painter, Sculptor

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862
Composer

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

Delphine LaLaurieDelphine LaLaurie
19 March 1787
Socialite
Juliette BinocheJuliette Binoche
09 March 1964
Actress

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

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

Jacques CousteauJacques Cousteau
11 June 1910
French Explorer
John CalvinJohn Calvin
10 July 1509
Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor

Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau
17 November 1966
Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
28 May 1991
Footballer

Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
27 June 1550
King of France
David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey
Leroy SanéLeroy Sané
11 January 1996
Footballer

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.