French Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked French Criminals

 1 Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

Polish-French film director, producer, writer, and actor Roman Polanski is a popular yet controversial figure. He has made several critically acclaimed films and has received six Oscar nominations. He has been accused of sexual abuse by numerous women and is a subject of an Interpol red notice issued for his arrest.

 2 Charles Sobhraj

Charles Sobhraj
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City
Charles Sobhraj, better known as the “Bikini Killer” and “The Serpent,” is an infamous criminal who was convicted of murdering twelve tourists in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, purely out of his hatred for hippies. After serving jail time in India, he is now serving a life sentence in Nepal.

 3 Marquis de Sade

Marquis de Sade
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Famous As: Novelist, Philosopher
Birthdate: June 2, 1740
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 2, 1814
Marquis de Sade is remembered for his erotic books such as The 120 Days of Sodom. He was known for his peculiar way of deriving sexual pleasure by torturing his victims, now known as “sadism.” He was jailed for several years for sexual abuse against men, women, and children. 
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 4 Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: July 29, 1973
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 5 Man in the Iron Mask

Man in the Iron Mask
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Famous As: Prisoner
Birthdate: 1640 AD
Died: November 19, 1703

 6 Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais
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Famous As: Serial Killer of Children
Birthdate: 1404 AD
Birthplace: Champtocé-sur-Loire, France
Died: October 26, 1440

Gilles de Rais was a French lord and knight who served as a leader in the French army. Rais' achievements as a military man are often overshadowed by the fact that he was convicted of killing several children. A confessed serial killer, Gilles de Rais was sentenced to death and hanged on 26 October 1440.

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 7 Eugen Weidmann

Eugen Weidmann
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: June 17, 1939
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 8 Jean Lafitte

Jean Lafitte
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: September 25, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Biarritz, France
Died: 1823 AD

 9 Zacarias Moussaoui

Zacarias Moussaoui
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: May 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

 10 Frédéric Bourdin

Frédéric Bourdin
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Famous As: Impostor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nanterre, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 11 Catherine Share

Catherine Share
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris

 12 Guy Georges

Guy Georges
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vitry-le-François, France

 13 Christine Papin

Christine Papin
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Famous As: Maid Murderer
Birthdate: March 8, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: France
Died: May 18, 1937

 14 Léa Papin

Léa Papin
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Famous As: Maid Murderer
Birthdate: September 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: French
Died: July 24, 2001

 15 Marcel Petiot

Marcel Petiot
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auxerre, France
Died: May 25, 1946

While he was diagnosed with mental illness as a child, French physician Marcel Petiot or Doctor Satan, allegedly killed almost 60 people later. He targeted Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied France, injected them with poison, stole their belongings, and hid their bodies in his basement. He was guillotined for his crimes.

 16 Robert-François Damiens

Robert-François Damiens
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Famous As: Regicide
Birthdate: January 9, 1715
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Thieuloye, Artois, France
Died: March 28, 1757

 17 Jacques Mesrine

Jacques Mesrine
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clichy, France
Died: November 2, 1979

 18 Eugène François Vidocq

Eugène François Vidocq
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 24, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: May 11, 1857

 19 Henri Désiré Landru

Henri Désiré Landru
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Famous As: Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339, Cartographer, Roofer, Plumber, Con artist
Birthdate: April 12, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 25, 1922

 20 Marguerite Alibert

Marguerite Alibert
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Famous As: Courtesan
Birthdate: December 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1971

 21 Luigi Lucheni

Luigi Lucheni
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Famous As: Assassin
Birthdate: April 22, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 19, 1910

 22 Jeanne de Clisson

Jeanne de Clisson
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Famous As: Former Noblewoman
Birthdate: 1300 AD
Birthplace: Belleville-sur-Vie, Bellevigny, France
Died: 1359 AD

 23 Thierry Paulin

Thierry Paulin
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort-de-France, Martinique
Died: April 16, 1989

 24 La Voisin

La Voisin
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Famous As: Fortune teller
Birthdate: 1640 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: February 22, 1680

 25 Rédoine Faïd

Rédoine Faïd
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Creil, France

 26 Omar Ismaël Mostefaï

Omar Ismaël Mostefaï
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Courcouronnes, Évry-Courcouronnes, France
Died: November 14, 2015

 27 Hayat Boumeddiene

Hayat Boumeddiene
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villiers-sur-Marne, France

 28 Giuseppe Marco Fieschi

Giuseppe Marco Fieschi
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Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: December 13, 1790
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bocognano, France
Died: February 19, 1836

 29 Madame de Brinvilliers

Madame de Brinvilliers
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: July 22, 1630
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 17, 1676

 30 Albert Spaggiari

Albert Spaggiari
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Laragne-Montéglin, Hautes-Alpes, France
Died: June 8, 1989

Albert Spaggiari was a French criminal best remembered for organizing an infamous break-in into the Société Générale bank in July 1976 in France. Spaggiari remained free after evading arrest during his case hearings. Albert Spaggiari remains a popular figure and has been referenced in many films, such as The Great Riviera Bank Robbery and Les égouts du paradis.

 31 Volker Eckert

Volker Eckert
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plauen, Germany
Died: July 2, 2007

 32 Veronique Courjault

Veronique Courjault
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France

 33 Patrice Alègre

Patrice Alègre
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 34 Marie Lafarge

Marie Lafarge
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 15, 1816
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 1852

 35 Jean-François Roberval

Jean-François Roberval
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Carcassonne, France
Died: 1560 AD

 36 Saïd Kouachi

Saïd Kouachi
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Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: September 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 9, 2015

 37 Chérif Kouachi

Chérif Kouachi
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Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: November 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 9, 2015

 38 Jacqueline Sauvage

Jacqueline Sauvage
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melun, France
Died: July 23, 2020

 39 Olivier Levasseur

Olivier Levasseur
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1689 AD
Birthplace: Calais, France
Died: July 7, 1730

 40 Martin Guerre

Martin Guerre
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Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Hendaye, France
Died: 1560 AD

 41 Marie-Josephte Corriveau

Marie-Josephte Corriveau
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: 1733 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Vallier, Canada
Died: April 18, 1763

 42 Françoise Dior

Françoise Dior
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Famous As: Activist, Criminal
Birthdate: April 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 20, 1993