French Celebrities Born In May

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Lily-Rose Depp
(Actress, Model and Daughter of the American Actor, Johnny Depp, and French Actress Vanessa Paradis)
Lily-Rose Depp
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of famous American actor Johnny Depp and popular French singer and model Vanessa Paradis. Lily-Rose followed in her parents' footsteps to become active in the entertainment industry. Despite suffering from anorexia in the past, Lily-Rose Depp has managed to establish herself as an actress in Hollywood.

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Ousmane Dembele
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Ousmane Dembele
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vernon, Eure Vernon, France

Ousmane Dembele is a footballer who currently plays for the France national team as well as Barcelona. Renowned for his speed, agility, and technical ability, Dembele helped his national team win its second FIFA World Cup in 2018. A skillful player, Dembele can use either foot while playing. Although a mid-fielder, he is also known for his ability to score.  

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Eric Cantona
(One of the Greatest Footballers of His Generation)
Eric Cantona
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille, France

Eric Cantona is a French actor, filmmaker, and former football player. During his playing career, Cantona was a key player for the popular football club Manchester United and is often credited with reviving the club's reputation as a footballing force. Nicknamed King Eric by Manchester United fans, Eric Cantona continues to enjoy an iconic status within the club.

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Tony Parker
(French-American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard)
Tony Parker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium

Tony Parker is a French-American former basketball player. During his playing career, he helped the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA win four NBA championships. He currently plays a major role in France's professional basketball league 'LNB Pro A' where he owns one of the league's team, ASVEL Basket. Also a philanthropist, Parker serves as the ambassador for Make-A-Wish France.

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Pom Klementieff
(Known for Her Role of 'Mantis' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films)
Pom Klementieff
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada

French actress and model Pom Klementieff is internationally known for her role as Mantis in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. She had a difficult childhood and struggled a lot in her youth. She started acting when she was 19 and appeared in many French films. After establishing herself in French cinema, she made her Hollywood debut in 2013. 

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Maximilien de Robespierre
(French Lawyer and Statesman & One of the Most Influential Figures of the 'French Revolution')
Maximilien de Robespierre
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: July 28, 1794
Maximilien de Robespierre was a leading left-wing lawyer and leader during the Reign of Terror. He led the Committee of Public Safety and was part of the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club. He was accused of establishing a dictatorship and was guillotined in 1794, thus beginning the Thermidorian Reaction.
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Toussaint Louverture
(Leader of the Haitian Revolution)
Toussaint Louverture
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1743
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Dominigue (present day Haiti)
Died: April 7, 1803

Haitian general,  Toussaint Louverture, was the most prominent leader of the Haitian Revolution. A revolutionary leader, he was devoted to the cause of Haitian independence and fought hard until he was killed by the French in a treacherous manner. The revolution continued after his death, leading to Haiti’s independence. He is now known as the Father of Haiti.

 8 
Pierre Curie
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)
Pierre Curie
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 19, 1906

A pioneer in crystallography, radioactivity, piezoelectricity, and magnetism, Pierre Curie was a French physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Henri Becquerel and Marie Curie. Despite being an atheist, Pierre Curie was fascinated by spiritualism as he believed that spiritual questions deal with physics. 

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Kristin Scott Thomas
(Character actor, Stage actor, Film actor)
Kristin Scott Thomas
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Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redruth
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Alexandre Lacazette
(French Professional Football Forward)
Alexandre Lacazette
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France
French footballer Alexandre Lacazette currently plays as a forward for Arsenal and has previously played for Lyon. He scored the winning goal in France’s win at the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He has also won the FA Cup with Arsenal and the Coupe de France with Lyon.
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Charles Aznavour
(One of the Greatest Songwriters in the History of Music and an Icon of 20th-Century Pop Culture.)
Charles Aznavour
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Patrice Evra
(French Former Professional Footballer)
Patrice Evra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Erik Satie
(French Composer and Pianist Known for His Work ‘Gymnopédies’)
Erik Satie
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1866
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honfleur, France
Died: July 1, 1925

Erik Satie was a French pianist and composer. An influential artist during his time, Satie's works served as a predecessor to later artistic movements like repetitive music, minimalism, and the Theatre of the Absurd. Apart from being a musician, Erik Satie was also a prolific writer, who contributed to publications, such as Vanity Fair and 391.

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Alexa Davalos
(American Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Gwen Raiden’ in the TV Series ‘Angel’)
Alexa Davalos
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Birthdate: May 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Alexa Davalos is an American actress who started her career by modeling for popular photographers like Peter Lindbergh. After making her acting debut in 2002, Davalos went on to land important roles in TV series like Reunion, Mob City, and The Man in the High Castle.

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Astrid Berges-Frisbey
(Best Known for Playing 'Mermaid Syrena' in the Film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’)
Astrid Berges-Frisbey
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Birthdate: May 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Born to a French-American mother and a Spanish father, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey had initially worked as a waitress and had even decided to pursue a career in osteopathy. The actor-model later made waves with her roles in The Sea Wall and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Honoré de Balzac
(French Novelist and Playwright Known for His Magnum Opus 'La Comédie humaine')
Honoré de Balzac
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: August 18, 1850

Honoré de Balzac was a French playwright and novelist. Since his works gave a detailed, unfiltered representation of society, Honoré de Balzac is generally considered one of the founders of realism and an important figure in European literature. Renowned for creating multi-faceted characters, Balzac influenced several popular writers like Charles John Huffam Dickens, Émile Zola, Henry James, and Gustave Flaubert.

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Yael Grobglas
(French-Israeli Actress Best Known for Her Roles as 'Petra Solano' in the TV Seies 'Jane the Virgin')
Yael Grobglas
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Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yael Grobglas is an Israeli actress known for her performance in the popular American satirical telenovela Jane the Virgin. After appearing in a couple of Israeli films, Grobglas achieved international recognition when she played Shir in a horror film titled Rabies. She then established herself in the American TV and film industry by appearing in projects like Jane the Virgin.

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Maître Gims
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Hip Hop Group ‘Sexion d'Assaut’)
Maître Gims
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Congolese-French hip-hop artist Gandhi Bilel Djuna, better known as Maître Gims, or Gims, soared to fame with the group Sexion d'Assaut and then launched a solo career. Best known for tracks such as Zombie and Bella, Gims had initially studied graphic art but later followed in his singer father’s footsteps.

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Henri Rousseau
(Painter)
Henri Rousseau
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Birthdate: May 21, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laval, France
Died: September 2, 1910
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Aya Nakamura
(Singer)
Aya Nakamura
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamako, Mali

Born in Mali, Aya Nakamura grew up in France, later becoming a multi-platinum French singer. Born Aya Coco Danioko, she took up the stage name Nakamura, after the Heroes character Hiro Nakamura. Known for her smash hit Djadja, she often mixes pop with Afrobeat & RnB sounds.

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Jean Giraud
(Artist)
Jean Giraud
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Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012
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Adel Taarabt
(Moroccan Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder or Winger)
Adel Taarabt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Taza, Morocco

Adel Taarabt is a Moroccan football player who currently plays for the Morocco national team and the popular Portuguese club Benfica. He has also played for other popular teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, and AC Milan.

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Nora Arnezeder
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Anna Maria’ in the TV Series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’)
Nora Arnezeder
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Birthdate: May 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nora Arnezeder is a French singer and actress best known for her portrayal of the title role in the internationally praised 2013 French costume drama film, Angélique. A trained singer and dancer, Arnezeder has also played main roles in web TV series, such as the American science fiction drama series, Origin.

Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1208
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montfort-l'Amaury
Died: August 4, 1265

French nobleman Simon de Montfort gave away his family lands to become the Earl of Leicester instead. Though King Henry III married off his sister Eleanor to Simon without consulting his barons, Simon later turned against the king. After being killed by Roger Mortimer, Simon’s body was mutilated by royalists.

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Yannick Bolasie
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Yannick Bolasie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France

Yannick Bolasie is a professional footballer. He currently  plays as a winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor. In the past, he has played in the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Barnet, Bristol City, and Crystal Palace, among others. He also plays for the DR Congo national football team. Besides football, he has a keen interest in grime music. 

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Jean-Paul Marat
(French Politician and Journalist During French Politician)
Jean-Paul Marat
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 24, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boudry, Switzerland
Died: July 13, 1793

French political theorist, scientist, and physician Jean-Paul Marat was a key figure of the French Revolution. He published his radical views in pamphlets and newspapers, such as L'Ami du people. He was held responsible for the September massacres. His assassination by a Girondin supporter made him a Jacobin martyr.

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Romain Gary
(French Diplomat & Novelist)
Romain Gary
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Republic Of Lithuania
Died: December 2, 1980

Romain Gary was a French novelist, diplomat, and film director of Jewish origin. He also served as an aviator during World War II. One of France’s most popular and prolific writers, he is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. He had a troubled personal life and died of suicide in 1980.

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Alphonse Daudet
(French Novelist Known for His Books ‘Le Petit Chose’ and ‘Fromont jeune et Risler aîné’)
Alphonse Daudet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 13, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nîmes, France
Died: December 17, 1897

Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist whose books are still widely read in France. He often collaborated with his wife Julia Daudet, a famous writer, poet, and journalist. Today, several schools and colleges in France are named in his honor.

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(Jesuit Priest who Co-developed the Concept of Noosphere & was Part of the Discovery of Peking Man)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Birthdate: May 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orcines, France
Died: April 10, 1955

French paleontologist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is remembered as someone who deviated from theology to science. He discovered the fossilized remains known as the Peking man in China, but faced a lot of opposition from his religious superiors when it came to publishing his scientific thoughts.

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Georges Braque
(Painter Best Known for Inventing Cubism with Pablo Picasso)
Georges Braque
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Birthdate: May 13, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Argenteuil, France
Died: August 31, 1963

French painter Georges Braque is considered one of the pioneers of Cubism. His 1908 masterpiece Large Nude is one of his most celebrated pieces. Critics often argue whether Braque or Picasso had first begun developing Cubism, and many of their works are very similar in nature.

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Michael Lonsdale
(Actor)
Michael Lonsdale
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Birthdate: May 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 21, 2020
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Margaret of Valois
(Queen Consort of France (1589 - 1599), Queen Consort of Navarre (1572 - 1599))
Margaret of Valois
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Birthdate: May 14, 1553
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: March 27, 1615
Margaret of Valois, queen of Navarre and France, is remembered for her historically significant Memoirs, which throws light on major events such as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. She did not allow her husband, Henry III, to annul their childless marriage till the death of Henry’s mistress.
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Michel Gondry
(French Filmmaker Best Known for His Distinctive Manipulation of Mise-En-Scène and Inventive Visual Style)
Michel Gondry
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Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Versailles, France

Michel Gondry is a French filmmaker best known for his distinctive manipulation of mise-en-scène and inventive visual style. He came into prominence in 2005, when he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his work in the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Michel Gondry is also renowned for his music video collaborations with popular artistes.

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Agnes Varda
(Filmmaker and Pioneer of French New Wave Film Movement of the 1950s and 1960s)
Agnes Varda
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Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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Olympe de Gouges
(French Playwright, Political Activist, and Advocate for Women's Rights)
Olympe de Gouges
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 7, 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: November 3, 1793

Olympe de Gouges was an 18th-century French playwright and political activist. Her writings on women's rights and abolitionism were popular in various countries. She was an outspoken advocate against the slave trade in the French colonies. She demanded that French women be given the same rights as French men. She was executed during the Reign of Terror.

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Mireille Darc
(Actress, Model)
Mireille Darc
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Birthdate: May 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toulon, France
Died: August 28, 2017
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Philip I of France
(King of the Franks from 1060 to 1108)
Philip I of France
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Birthdate: May 23, 1052
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Champagne-et-Fontaine, France
Died: July 29, 1108
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Gustave Le Bon
(French Polymath)
Gustave Le Bon
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Birthdate: May 7, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-le-Rotrou, France
Died: December 13, 1931

French social psychologist Gustave Le Bon is best remembered for his research on crowd psychology. In his iconic work La psychologie des foules, or The Crowd, he stated that people are driven by their emotions and not by their intellect when they act as part of a crowd.

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Jean Gabin
(Actor)
Jean Gabin
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Birthdate: May 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 15, 1976
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Danielle Darrieux
(Actress)
Danielle Darrieux
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Birthdate: May 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: October 17, 2017
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Jules Massenet
(Composer)
Jules Massenet
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 12, 1842
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montaud, France
Died: August 13, 1912
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Zaz
(Singer-songwriter)
Zaz
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France
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Ariane Labed
(Greek-Born French Actor and Director)
Ariane Labed
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Greek-born French actor and director Ariane Labed is best known for her Volpi Cup-winning debut role in Attenberg. She initially co-created the Vasistas theater troupe and was associated with the National Theater of Greece. She later won the Locarno, César, and Lumières awards for her performance in Fidelio: Alice's Odyssey.

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Iannis Xenakis
(Greek-French Composer Who Pioneered the Use of Mathematical Models in Music)
Iannis Xenakis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 4, 2001

Born to Greek parents in Romania, Iannis Xenakis was inspired to take up music by his parents, especially his pianist mother. He lost an eye in the Greek resistance during World War II but later excelled as an architect, musician, and mathematician in France, merging music and math through his musique stochastique.

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John Vianney
(French Catholic Priest)
John Vianney
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1786
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dardilly, France
Died: August 4, 1859

Jean Vianney was a French Catholic priest active in the first half of the 19th century. Venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of parish priests, he is also referred to as the "Curé d'Ars."  He was devoted to St. Philomena, who he regarded as his guardian. His feast day is 4 August.

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Jacques Bergerac
(Actor)
Jacques Bergerac
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Birthdate: May 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Biarritz, France
Died: June 15, 2014
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Abraham de Moivre
(Mathematician, Statistician)
Abraham de Moivre
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 26, 1667
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitry-le-François
Died: November 27, 1754
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Patrick Bruel
(French Singer-Songwriter and Actor)
Patrick Bruel
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Birthdate: May 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tlemcen, Algeria

Patrick Bruel is a French singer, actor, songwriter, and professional poker player. Many of his studio albums have reached number one positions on French and Belgian music charts. A world-class poker player, Bruel won the 1998 World Series of Poker bracelet. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Bruel is part of a charity group called Les Enfoirés.

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Sandrine Bonnaire
(Actress won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for À Nos Amours (1983))
Sandrine Bonnaire
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Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gannat, Allier, France
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Anne Parillaud
(French Actress Best Known for Her Film ‘La Femme Nikita’)
Anne Parillaud
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Birthdate: May 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Best known for her César Award-winning performance as Nikita in the thriller La Femme Nikita, Anne Parillaud was born in Paris and grew up learning ballet. Though initially aspiring to be a lawyer, she deviated to films as a teenager. She played a vampire in the Hollywood film Innocent Blood.