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.

Kayden BocheKayden Boche

03 June 1985

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

05 September 1638

Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh

30 March 1853

Zinedine ZidaneZinedine Zidane
(Football Player)

23 June 1972

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

28 May 1962

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
(French-Polish film director)

18 August 1933

Kylian MbappéKylian Mbappé

20 December 1998

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
(TV Host, Actress)

16 August 1953

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

André the GiantAndré the Giant
(Professional Wrestler)

19 May 1946

Eva GreenEva Green
(Model, Actress)

06 July 1980

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
(Heroine of France)

1412 AD

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Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette

02 November 1755

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
(Current President of France)

21 December 1977

Antoine GriezmannAntoine Griezmann

21 March 1991

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba

15 March 1993

Bernard ArnaultBernard Arnault
(Chairman & CEO of LMVH)

05 March 1949

Pom KlementieffPom Klementieff

03 May 1986

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Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
(Author & Poet)

26 February 1802

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
(Singer & Actress)

22 December 1972

Thierry HenryThierry Henry
(Former French Footballer)

17 August 1977

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

23 August 1754

Olivier GiroudOlivier Giroud

30 September 1986

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Léa SeydouxLéa Seydoux

01 July 1985

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

19 January 1544

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton

04 August 1821


21 November 1694

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
(Emperor of the Second French Empire)

20 April 1808

Claude MonetClaude Monet

14 November 1840

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Emma MackeyEmma Mackey

04 January 1996

Max von SydowMax von Sydow

10 April 1929


14 December 1503

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
(Former President of France)

22 November 1890

Benjamin MillepiedBenjamin Millepied
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer)

10 June 1977

Marion CotillardMarion Cotillard

30 September 1975

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

05 March 1133

Brigitte MacronBrigitte Macron
(First Lady of France)

13 April 1953

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

14 March 1958

Jules BianchiJules Bianchi
(F1 Driver)

03 August 1989

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
(French philosopher)

15 October 1926

Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko
(Actress, Model)

14 November 1979

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

21 September 1640

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

28 June 1712

Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
(Dancer, Actress)

06 April 1982

Jeanne CalmentJeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)

21 February 1875

Tony ParkerTony Parker
(Basketball Player)

17 May 1982

Albert CamusAlbert Camus

07 November 1913

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Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette

28 May 1991

Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot
(Actress & Animal Rights Activist)

28 September 1934

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
(British Politician)

16 November 1896

Hervé VillechaizeHervé Villechaize

23 April 1943

Arsène WengerArsène Wenger
(Football Manager)

22 October 1949

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre

21 June 1905

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Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur
(Chemist and Microbiologist)

27 December 1822

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg

21 July 1971

Christopher LambertChristopher Lambert

29 March 1957

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas

24 July 1802

Marlene DietrichMarlene Dietrich
(Actress & Singer)

27 December 1901

Eric CantonaEric Cantona
(Actor & Football Player)

24 May 1966

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David GuettaDavid Guetta
(Disc Jockey)

07 November 1967

Isabella of FranceIsabella of France
(Queen of England)

1295 AD

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker

03 June 1906

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy

22 August 1862

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

07 June 1848

Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
(King of France)

15 February 1710

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

31 March 1519

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

13 December 1553

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

06 January 1367

Tchéky KaryoTchéky Karyo

04 October 1953

Olivier MartinezOlivier Martinez

12 January 1966

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
(Painter, Sculptor)

31 December 1869

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Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
(Erotic Novelist)

02 June 1740

Olivier SarkozyOlivier Sarkozy

26 May 1969

Françoise Bettencourt MeyersFrançoise Bettencourt Meyers
(Author and Board Member of L'Oréal)

10 July 1953

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.