French Celebrities Born In August

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Napoleon Bonaparte
(Emperor of the French (1804-1814))
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Birthdate: August 15, 1769
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 5, 1821
French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte ruled as the French emperor from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. He strengthened France’s position in Europe through the Napoleonic Wars and extended his kingdom. However, he was eventually defeated by the Seventh Coalition at the Battle of Waterloo and sent to exile. 
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Thierry Henry
(Former French Professional Football Player, Coach and One of the Greatest Strikers of All Time)
Thierry Henry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Les Ulis, France

A football coach, Thierry Henry began his career as a player with Monaco team and later also played for Arsenal and Barcelona. A lethal striker, he became a record goal scorer for both France and Arsenal. He played a crucial role in the French victory in 1998 FIFA World Cup and Arsenal’s win in Premier League and the FA Cup.

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Coco Chanel
(French Fashion Designer Best Known as the Founder of 'Chanel' and Her Signature Perfume ‘Chanel No. 5’)
Coco Chanel
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Died: January 10, 1971

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is credited with replacing the corseted silhouette as the feminine standard of style with a sporty, casual chic. Her work as a designer redefined the fashionable woman in the era post World War I. She also played a vital role in revolutionizing jewelry, handbags, and fragrance.

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Claude Debussy
(French Impressionist Composer Best Known for His Opera 'Pelléas et Mélisande')
Claude Debussy
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: March 25, 1918

Claude Debussy was a French composer whose career spanned over 30 years. Regarded as one of the most influential composers of his generation, Claude Debussy's works have influenced several other composers, such as Bill Evans, George Benjamin, Olivier Messiaen, and Béla Bartók. Claude Debussy is also regarded as the first Impressionist composer, though he rejected the term.

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Yves Saint Laurent
(French Fashion Designer and Founder of His Eponymous Fashion Label)
Yves Saint Laurent
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
Died: June 1, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer who founded his eponymous fashion label in 1961. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most popular and influential fashion designers, Saint Laurent is credited with helping women all over the world find confidence by looking both elegant and comfortable at the same time. His life and career inspired many films.

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Louis XVI of France
(King of France)
Louis XVI of France
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Birthdate: August 23, 1754
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: January 21, 1793

Louis XVI of France reigned as the last king of France from 1774 to 1792 before the French Revolution, which ended the monarchy in France. During his reign, Louis made attempts to remove land and labor tax, abolish serfdom, and improve tolerance toward non-Catholics. However, the proposed reforms were opposed by the French nobility.

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Antoine Lavoisier
(French Chemist Who Discovered the Role of Oxygen in Combustion)
Antoine Lavoisier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 8, 1794

Antoine Lavoisier was a French chemist and nobleman. He played a crucial role during the chemical revolution of the 18th-century. Widely regarded as the father of modern chemistry, Lavoisier had a major influence on the history of biology as well as the history of chemistry. He also helped build the metric system. 

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Audrey Tautou
(French Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Film 'Amélie')
Audrey Tautou
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Birthdate: August 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
French actor Audrey Tautou is best known for her stellar performances in films such as Amelie and The Da Vinci Code. She played Coco Chanel in the biopic Coco Before Chanel. Tautou is also a fashion icon, popularly known as “The Chanel Muse,” and has modeled for top-notch fashion magazines.
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Samuel de Champlain
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1574
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hiers-Brouage, Marennes-Hiers-Brouage, France
Died: December 25, 1635

Samuel de Champlain was a French colonist, navigator, draftsman, soldier, and explorer who made between 21 and 29 trips across the Atlantic Ocean. He founded Quebec and New France and is considered an important figure in Canadian history. He is also referred to as the "Father of New France." As a businessman, he founded many trading companies.

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Jules Bianchi
(French Motor Racing & F1 Driver)
Jules Bianchi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: July 17, 2015

Jules Bianchi, grandson of GT World Champion Mauro Bianchi, was a Formula 3 Euro Series winner and a French Formula Renault 2.0 champion. A collision during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix caused him a diffuse axonal injury. He was in a coma for 8 months before dying at age 25.

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Guy de Maupassant
(French Short Story Writer and Naturalist )
Guy de Maupassant
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tourville-sur-Arques, France
Died: July 6, 1893

Guy de Maupassant was a French author who wrote 300 short stories during his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant's stories are characterized by economy of style and depicted human lives in pessimistic terms,

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Louis Vuitton
(Businessman)
Louis Vuitton
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 4, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
Died: February 27, 1892

After losing his parents at 10, Louis Vuitton ran away to Paris, where he gained repute as a box-maker/packer, and was even hired by Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. He then founded the iconic French fashion and luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, which now operates in 50 countries.

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Moussa Sissoko
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as Midfielder)
Moussa Sissoko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

Moussa Sissoko is a French professional footballer. He plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Watford and the France national team. He is known for his ability to play as a box-to-box midfielder in the center of the pitch. He initially played for local clubs and made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season.  

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Luc Montagnier
(French Virologist & Discoverer of HIV)
Luc Montagnier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chabris, France
Died: February 8, 2022

French virologist Luc Montagnier is known for discovering the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which led him to jointly receive the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Montagnier also made headlines promoting controversial and unverified claims related to vaccinations, homeopathy and COVID-19 pandemic, which he argued as man-made and possibly a result of an attempt to create an HIV/AIDS vaccine.

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Charles Boyer
(French-American Actor)
Charles Boyer
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Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: August 26, 1978

French-American actor Charles Boyer appeared in more than 80 films in a career that spanned over half a century. He pursued a theatrical career as a young man and eventually moved into films. He achieved extreme popularity with his roles in romantic movies like The Garden of Allah and Love Affair in the 1930s. He received four Academy Award nominations.

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Sebastian Roché
(Actor)
Sebastian Roché
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Birthdate: August 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Carole Bouquet
(Actress)
Carole Bouquet
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Birthdate: August 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. Considered a master of candid photography, he pioneered the genre of street photography. He was among the earliest users of the 35 mm film. In 1947, he became one of the founding members of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative. In his later years, he explored drawing and painting. 

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Emmanuelle Beart
(French Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Manon des Sources’)
Emmanuelle Beart
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Birthdate: August 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gassin, France

Emmanuelle Beart is a French actress best known for her portrayal of Manon in the 1986 period film Manon des Sources, for which she received the prestigious César Award under the Best Supporting Actress category. Apart from being an actress, Beart is also a social activist. She serves as an ambassador for the popular United Nations agency, UNICEF.

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Louis de Broglie
(Physicist)
Louis de Broglie
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dieppe
Died: March 19, 1987

Louis de Broglie was a French aristocrat and physicist who made important contributions to quantum theory. His de Broglie hypothesis, which suggests that all matter has wave properties, is one of the most important features in the theory of quantum mechanics. In 1929, de Broglie was honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work.

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Jacques-Louis David
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Birthdate: August 30, 1748
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 29, 1825

Jacques-Louis David was a French painter. Widely regarded as the greatest painter of the Neoclassical era, David's works had a strong influence in France in the early-19th century. His works are often linked to the birth of Romanticism. Many of his pupils, such as Antoine-Jean Gros and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, went on to become successful and popular painters.

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Alizee
(Singer)
Alizee
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France

Starting out as a dancer at an early age, Alizee later mastered singing and even stepped into acting. The French singer first gained attention with the talent show Graines de Star and the track Moi...Lolita and later created hits such as L'Alizé. In 2001, she was the highest-selling French female singer.

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Philip II of France
(King of France)
Philip II of France
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Birthdate: August 21, 1165
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gonesse, France
Died: July 14, 1223

Philip II of France reigned as the king of France from 1180 until his death in 1223. He is credited with transforming France into the most powerful and prosperous country in Europe. He is also credited with building the Wall of Philip Augustus and bringing financial stability to France.

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Antoine-Augustin Parmentier
(French Pharmacist and Agronomist)
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1737
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montdidier, France
Died: December 17, 1813

While in prison, in the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War, army pharmacist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier was forced to eat potatoes, which were considered fit only for prison ration and animal feed back then. Parmentier later persuaded the Paris Faculty of Medicine to declare potatoes edible and popularized them in France.

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Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
(Naturalist and Biologist Best Known for Proposing that Acquired Characteristics can be Inherited.)
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
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Birthdate: August 1, 1744
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bazentin, France
Died: December 18, 1829

French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck acquired his love for plants while serving as a soldier in the French army. Following an injury, he quit his military career but retained his love for botany. He later taught zoology, studied the classification of invertebrates, and also coined the term biology.

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Saïd Benrahma
(Algerian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left Winger)
Saïd Benrahma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aïn Témouchent, Algeria
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Wissam Ben Yedder
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Wissam Ben Yedder
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarcelles, France

Wissam Ben Yedder is a French football player who currently plays for the France national team as well as the Ligue 1 club AS Monaco. While playing for the Toulouse Football Club, Ben Yedder scored 71 goals, surpassing André-Pierre Gignac's record. In the 2019–20 season, Wissam Ben Yedder was the joint top goalscorer with Kylian Mbappé in Ligue 1.  

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Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
(French Royal, Statesman and Regent of France (1715 - 1723))
Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 2, 1674
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Cloud, France
Died: December 2, 1723

Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, was the regent of the Kingdom of France from 1715 to 1723. He was the son of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. He was named the regent of France for Louis XV, who succeeded to the throne at the age of five. Philippe died months after Louis attained majority.

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Bafétimbi Gomis
(French Professional Footballer Who Last Plays as a Striker)
Bafétimbi Gomis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
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Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
(French Sculptor and Painter Best Known for Designing the 'Statue of Liberty')
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
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Birthdate: August 2, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Colmar, France
Died: October 4, 1904

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a French painter and sculptor remembered for designing the Statue of Liberty. He is also credited with designing other iconic statues like The Lion of Belfort and Marquis de Lafayette. In addition to being a sculptor, Bartholdi also played an important role in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, serving as a liaison officer to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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Augustin-Louis Cauchy
(Mathematician)
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 21, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 23, 1857

French mathematician Augustin-Louis Cauchy was initially a military engineer. In his early days, he and his family escaped the Reign of Terror and settled in Arcueil. He was one of the pioneers of mathematical analysis and made significant contributions to subjects such as error theory, calculus, and complex functions.

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Djibril Cissé
(French Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Djibril Cissé
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arles, France
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Edmond James de Rothschild
(Businessperson)
Edmond James de Rothschild
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 19, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died: November 2, 1934

Edmond James de Rothschild was a French businessman with deep connections to the Rothschild banking family. He was a strong supporter of Zionism and donated significant amounts that went towards the establishment of the State of Israel. He also provided funds for the foundation of the Friends of the French National Museum of Natural History Society. 

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Jean-Michel Jarre
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lyon, France
French composer and record producer Jean-Michel André Jarre is known for his pathbreaking experiments in the electronic, new-age, and ambient genres. His signature style includes inclusion of overwhelming laser shows, fireworks, and projections in his music shows. He became the first Western artist invited to perform in China.
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Lambert Wilson
(Actor)
Lambert Wilson
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Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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Philippe Petit
(High-wire artist)
Philippe Petit
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nemours, France
French high-wire artist Philippe Petit made headlines when he walked between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1971. He has also walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and between the WTC Twin Towers of New York City. He inspired the film The Walk and a documentary, too.
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Guillaume Apollinaire
(Known for His Poems Without Punctuation)
Guillaume Apollinaire
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 9, 1918

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was a significant figure of the avant-garde movement. It is believed he had coined the terms Cubism, Surrealism, and Orphism. Known for his iconic poem Chanson du mal-aimé, written after being rejected by a lover, he also developed the typography-based concrete poetry in the collection Calligrammes.

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Gaia Weiss
(Model)
Gaia Weiss
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Georges Cuvier
(French Naturalist and Zoologist Known for Establishing the Field of 'Comparative Anatomy' and 'Paleontology')
Georges Cuvier
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Birthdate: August 23, 1769
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Doubs, France
Died: May 13, 1832

Georges Cuvier was a French zoologist and naturalist. A major figure in the early 19th century's research of natural sciences, Cuvier played an important role in establishing the fields of comparative paleontology and anatomy by comparing fossils with living animals, for which he is sometimes regarded as the founding father of paleontology.

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Presnel Kimpembe
(French Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Presnel Kimpembe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaumont-sur-Oise, France
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Jean-Baptiste Colbert
(Economist, Politician)
Jean-Baptiste Colbert
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1619
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reims
Died: September 6, 1683

Born into a merchant family in France, Jean-Baptiste Colbert grew up to hold various administrative posts. Patronized by Cardinal Mazarin, he became affluent and later became one of the most efficient administrators during the regime of Louis XIV. He also established the French merchant navy.

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Francis de Sales
(Bishop of Geneva (1602 - 1622))
Francis de Sales
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1567
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Sales, Thorens-Glières, France
Died: December 28, 1622

Called the Gentleman Saint for his tenderness and patience, Francis de Sales was a Catholic priest and Bishop of Geneva (1602-1622). Canonized in 1665, he was later proclaimed Doctor of the Church for his contribution to theology and patron of writers and journalists for his extensive use of broadsheets and books. He also invented sign languages for teaching the deaf.

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Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
(King)
Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
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Birthdate: August 6, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: June 3, 1844
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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
(Painter)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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Birthdate: August 29, 1780
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: January 14, 1867
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Audrey Mestre
(Freediver)
Audrey Mestre
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Île-de-France, France
Died: October 12, 2002
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Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor
(King of Germany)
Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: August 11, 1086
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goslar, Germany
Died: May 23, 1125
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Louis Le Prince
(French Inventor Who Was the First Person to Shoot a Moving Picture Sequence Using a Single Lens Camera)
Louis Le Prince
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Birthdate: August 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: September 16, 1890

Louis Le Prince was a French inventor and artist. He is credited with inventing an early motion-picture camera and is often referred to as the Father of Cinematography. However, Louis Le Prince's work failed to influence the commercial development of motion picture because of the secrecy surrounding his invention.

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George Enescu
(Romanian Composer, Violinist and Conductor)
George Enescu
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: George Enescu, Romania
Died: May 4, 1955
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Mikael Silvestre
(Football player - Defender)
Mikael Silvestre
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France
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Jemima West
(Actress)
Jemima West
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Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France