French Celebrities Born In February

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Victor Hugo
(French Writer of the Romantic Movement Best Known for His Novel 'Les Misérables' and Play 'Ruy Blas')
Victor Hugo
30
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 26, 1802
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Besançon, Doubs, France
Died: May 22, 1885

Victor Hugo was a French poet, dramatist, and novelist of the Romantic movement. Regarded as one of the best-known and greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote abundantly during his career that spanned over six decades. Thanks to his works, such as Hernani and Cromwell, Victor Hugo was one of the leading figures of the Romantic literary movement.

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Jules Verne
(French Author Who Was One of the Pioneers of the Modern Science Fiction Genre)
Jules Verne
13
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: March 24, 1905
French author Jules Verne, also known as the “Father of Science Fiction,” is best remembered for his legendary adventure novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also became the world’s second most-translated writer since 1979.
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Riyad Mahrez
(French Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Riyad Mahrez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarcelles, France

Riyad Mahrez is a professional footballer. He plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the Algerian national team. He began his youth career playing for French club AAS Sarcelles and turned professional in 2009. He represented Algeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the 2015–16 season, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

 4 
Mélanie Laurent
(Known for Her Performance in ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’)
Mélanie Laurent
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Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actor Mélanie Laurent shot to fame with her Étoiles d'Or-winning role in Dikkenek and her César Award-winning performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine. She made her Hollywood debut with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Now You See Me. She has also released a music album.

 5 
Louis XV of France
(Former King of France (1715 - 1774))
Louis XV of France
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Birthdate: February 15, 1710
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: May 10, 1774
After losing his parents and his brother to measles, Louis XV became the king of France at the tender age of 5. Known for his extravagances and his reliance on his mistresses, Louis XV was disliked by most. His reign also witnessed judicial reforms and the Seven Years’ War.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
(French Impressionist Painter)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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Birthdate: February 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: December 3, 1919

French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, father of actor Pierre Renoir and director Jean Renoir, was a key Impressionist painter. His best-known works include The Swing, Diana, and Seated Girl. He was known for his use of vibrant colors and feminine sensuality in his works. He also painted landscapes and portraits.

 7 
Pierre Gasly
(Formula 1 Driver)
Pierre Gasly
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rouen, France
 8 
Élodie Yung
(Actress)
Élodie Yung
11
Birthdate: February 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
 9 
Lucas Hernandez
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left Back or Centre Back)
Lucas Hernandez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marseille, France
 10 
Anais Nin
(French-Born American Novelist, Diarist and Short Story Writer)
Anais Nin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Died: January 14, 1977

French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, and novelist Anais Nin wrote several volumes of journals, erotica, novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. Her journals and diaries are among her most studied works. She had a deep interest in psychoanalysis and studied it extensively with René Allendy and Otto Rank. Critics consider her one of the finest writers of female erotica.

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Alain Prost
(Four-Time Formula One Drivers’ Champion)
Alain Prost
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lorette, Loire, France
 12 
Charles VII of France
(Former King of France (1422 - 1461))
Charles VII of France
4
Birthdate: February 22, 1403
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 22, 1461
Charles VII, or the Victorious, reigned as the king of France from 1422 to 1461, as a result of the Armagnac-Burgundian Civil War. The heroics of Joan of Arc who helped defeat the English at Patay, led to the coronation of Charles, who was initially disinherited by his father.
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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
(French Musician Who was One Half of the Former French House Music Duo 'Daft Punk')
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

French musician, singer-songwriter, record-producer, DJ, and film director Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is one former half of the French electronic music duo Daft Punk that he formed with Thomas Bangalter. The duo achieved both critical and commercial success with albums like Discovery and RandomAccess Memories. Homem-Christo has also spawned works through the record label Crydamoure which he co-owns with Eric Chedeville.

 14 
François Truffaut
(One of the Founders of the 'French New Wave' Art Movement & An Icon of the French Film Industry)
François Truffaut
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Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

François Truffaut was a French film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He is credited to be one of the founders of the French New Wave. Beginning his career in the mid-1950s, he was active in the entertainment industry for close to three decades. His film The 400 Blows is considered a defining film of the French New Wave movement. 

 15 
Joakim Noah
(Former Professional Basketball Player)
Joakim Noah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Joakim Noah is a French-American basketball player. A two-time NBA All-Star, Noah has played for popular teams like the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Joakim Noah is credited with founding the Noah's Arc Foundation, which aims at helping children through arts and sports.

 16 
Serge Gainsbourg
(One of the World's Most Influential Pop Musicians)
Serge Gainsbourg
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 2, 1991
French musician, singer, and actor Serge Gainsbourg had experimented with a variety of music forms, such as jazz, pop, and reggae. Renowned for songs such as Bonnie and Clyde, he also included sexual overtones in his lyrics. He had also acted in and directed films and written a short novel.
 17 
Alejandro Jodorowsky
(Chilean-Born French Film Director and Screenwriter)
Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Chilean-French filmmaker and artist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, is best known for his avant-garde films. A multifaceted personality, he is also a novelist, poet, musician, composer, and spiritual guru. His films are filled with surreal images and mysticism. A much-revered figure in international cinema, he is the recipient of the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF).

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René Laennec
(Inventor of Stethoscope)
René Laennec
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Birthdate: February 17, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quimper, France
Died: August 13, 1826
Unlike most doctors, French physician René Laennec was also a skilled musician. It was while making his own wooden flutes that he invented the stethoscope, which helped doctors examine the chest cavity through auditory cues. His research also included work on melanoma, cirrhosis, and tuberculosis. He was a dedicated Catholic.
 19 
Michel de Montaigne
(One of the Most Significant Philosophers of the French Renaissance)
Michel de Montaigne
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Birthdate: February 8, 1533
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Château de Montaigne, France
Died: September 3, 1592

French philosopher Michel de Montaigne was a significant figure of the French Renaissance in the 16th century. He is credited for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His massive collection of essays was published in the volume Essais. His work had a direct influence on Western writers, including René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Blaise Pascal, and Voltaire.

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Andre Breton
(French Writer, Poet and Co-Founder of ‘Surrealism’)
Andre Breton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tinchebray, France
Died: September 28, 1966

Born into a family of shopkeepers, French poet André Breton initially studied medicine and psychiatry. He then joined Dadaism and eventually branched out and became one of the pioneers of the surrealist movement. Known for his Surrealist Manifestos, Breton was also a collector of manuscripts, sculptures, and paintings.

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Simone Weil
(French Mystic, Social Philosopher and Resistance Activist During World War II)
Simone Weil
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 24, 1943
Paris-born philosopher and activist Simone Weil could speak in Sanskrit and Greek as a student. Called The Martian by her classmates, due to her peculiar nature, she died of cardiac failure at 34, refusing to eat more than the people of German-occupied France, in spite of being diagnosed with tuberculosis. 
 22 
Hubert de Givenchy
(French Fashion Designer and Founder of the Luxury Fashion and Perfume House of 'Givenchy' in 1952)
Hubert de Givenchy
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: March 10, 2018

Apart from launching his own fashion brand, Givenchy, French designer Hubert de Givenchy also gained fame as a personal designer for celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn. Though he initially studied law, Givenchy began his professional career working with Parisian fashion houses. He later introduced designs such as the Bettina blouse.

 23 
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
(President of France (1974 - 1981))
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: December 2, 2020

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a seasoned French politician who served as President of France. During his presidency, Giscard d'Estaing promoted nuclear power and liberalisation of trade, pushed for development of projects like TGV, and took a more liberal attitude on social issues like divorce, abortion and contraception. He emerged as the longest-lived president in the history of France.

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Yacine Brahimi
(Algerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger and attacking midfielder)
Yacine Brahimi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Younès Belhanda
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Younès Belhanda
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avignon, France
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Richard Mille
(Businessman)
Richard Mille
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Draguignan, France
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Paul Bocuse
(Chefs)
Paul Bocuse
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France
Died: January 20, 2018
 28 
Jeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)
Jeanne Calment
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arles
Died: August 4, 1997
Jeanne Calment was a French supercentenarian who lived till 122 years and was, till her death in 1997, the longest-living documented human in history. She attributed her longevity to olive oil, wine, and chocolate. Some experts believe she had died long back and her daughter had falsely assumed her identity.
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Adele Haenel
(Actress)
Adele Haenel
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Birthdate: February 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Rick Dufay
(Musician, Songwriter)
Rick Dufay
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

Rick Dufay is a French-American guitarist known for his association with the popular band Aerosmith. He played for the band from 1980 to 1984, during which regular guitarist Brad Whitford had left the band. Dufay left the band upon Whitford's return in 1984 and was praised for his selfless gesture. Thus, Dufay is credited with keeping the band from disbanding.

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Sonia Ben Ammar
(Model)
Sonia Ben Ammar
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Birthdate: February 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Fernand Léger
(French Painter and Sculptor Best Known for His Painting ‘My Mother's Garden’)
Fernand Léger
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Birthdate: February 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Argentan, France
Died: August 17, 1955

Fernand Léger was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. Widely regarded as the forerunner of pop art, Léger was also active as a teacher for several years. He is also credited with establishing his own Académie Fernand Léger, where he taught for many years. Many of his pupils went on to establish themselves as successful artists.

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Paco Rabanne
(Grand couturier, Fashion designer, Businessperson)
Paco Rabanne
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pasaia

Born to a seamstress in Basque Country, Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo escaped to France to avoid the Spanish Civil War and took up the name Paco Rabanne. He later gained fame for his avant-garde accessories, his designer clothes made of material such as metal and plastic, and his signature chainmail dress.

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Costa Gavras
(Film Director)
Costa Gavras
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Birthdate: February 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Iraia, Greece

Costa Gavras is a Greek-French screenwriter and filmmaker best known for making movies with social and political themes. His 1969 political thriller film Z, which earned him an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, was the first movie to receive nominations for both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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Faouzi Ghoulam
(Algerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Faouzi Ghoulam
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France
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Rebecca Lord
(Adult Film Star, Actor)
Rebecca Lord
1
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
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Willy Aubameyang
(Association football player)
Willy Aubameyang
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
 38 
Rachida Brakni
(Actress)
Rachida Brakni
5
Birthdate: February 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
 39 
Pierre Boulle
(French Novelist Best Known for His Works: 'The Bridge Over the River Kwai' And 'Planet of the Apes')
Pierre Boulle
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: January 30, 1994

Pierre Boulle was a French novelist best remembered for writing such novels as Planet of the Apes and The Bridge over the River Kwai, which were adapted into highly successful and award-winning films. Planet of the Apes inspired the creation of popular themed toys and animated series. His works have also inspired several French films like Le Point de mire.

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Garance Marillier
(Actress)
Garance Marillier
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Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Emmanuelle Riva
(French Actress Best Known for Her Roles in the Films 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' and 'Amour')
Emmanuelle Riva
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Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheniménil, France
Died: January 27, 2017

Emmanuelle Riva was a French actress best remembered for her portrayal of Anne Laurent in the 2012 romantic drama film Amour for which she won the prestigious César Award as well as a BAFTA Award. Riva achieved national recognition when she played the lead role in the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour for which she earned a BAFTA Award nomination.

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Louis Renault
(Founder of Renault)
Louis Renault
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 12, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 24, 1944

Louis Renault was a French industrialist. A pioneer of the automobile industry, Renault is remembered for co-founding the popular automobile manufacturer, Renault Group. Renault is credited with building factories that contributed immensely to the war effort during the First World War; the Renault FT tank, the first tank of modern configuration, was created and manufactured by his company.

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Mathilda May
(Actress)
Mathilda May
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Birthdate: February 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
 44 
André Citroën
(French Industrialist and the Founder of French Automaker 'Citroën')
André Citroën
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 3, 1935

André Citroën was a French industrialist. He is credited with founding the popular automobile company Citroën and is best remembered for making Citroën cars. He also helped his company become the world's fourth-largest automobile manufacturer by the beginning of the 1930s. In 1998, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Amin Maalouf
(Lebanese-Born French Author and Journalist)
Amin Maalouf
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

One of the greatest authors and journalists born in Lebanon, Amin Maalouf initially reported major political events around the world. He is known for his internationally bestselling French books, such as Samarkand and Balthasar's Odyssey. His novels usually have a historical setting, with war and migration as prominent themes.

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Eliphas Levi
(French Ceremonial Magician, Occultist and Author of 19th Century Book 'Transcendental Magic')
Eliphas Levi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 8, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 1875
Alphonse Louis Constant, better known by his pseudonym, Eliphas Levi, had abandoned his wish to become a Catholic priest to become a famed magician, occultist, and author of the 19th century. He is best remembered for his iconic work Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual and his theory of magic. 
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Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
(Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom from 1830 1834)
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1838

While his clubfoot prevented him from joining the army and also earned him the nickname The Lame Devil, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord later became the bishop of Autun. Known for his womanizing ways, he also went down in history as an opportunist who changed sides.

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Sébastien Loeb
(French Professional Racecar Driver)
Sébastien Loeb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
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Léo Delibes
(Composer)
Léo Delibes
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 21, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La La Flèche, France
Died: January 16, 1891
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Sylvie Guillem
(French Ballet Dancer)
Sylvie Guillem
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Sylvie Guillem is a French ballet dancer who worked with the Paris Opera Ballet where she was the top-ranking female dancer from 1984 to 1989. She then went on to become a principal guest artist at the Royal Ballet in London. Over the course of her career, Guillem has won many awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.