Famous French Diplomats

Find out more about the greatest French Diplomats, including Alexis de Tocqueville, Christine Lagarde, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Joseph Bonaparte and Laurent Fabius.

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 1 Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: July 29, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 16, 1859

French diplomat and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville is best remembered for his written works The Old Regime and the Revolution and Democracy in America. He was part of French politics, primarily during the July Monarchy and the Second Republic. He had been the minister of foreign affairs briefly.

 2 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1838

French diplomat and bishop Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord is counted among the most pragmatic and prominent diplomats in European history. He served King Louis XVI and thereafter changed sides several times, serving at highest levels of successive French governments of Napoleon I, Louis XVIII and Louis Philippe I. He served as the first Prime Minister of France under Louis XVIII.

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 3 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
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.

 4 Ferdinand de Lesseps

Ferdinand de Lesseps
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Famous As: Developer of Suez Canal
Birthdate: November 19, 1805
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles
Died: December 7, 1894

Ferdinand de Lesseps was a French diplomat who is credited with forming the Suez Canal Company. The construction of the Suez Canal, which joined the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, inspired the 1938 romantic drama film Suez where Lesseps was played by Tyrone Power. Lesseps has been portrayed by other actors in films and TV mini-series as well.

 5 Carlo Buonaparte

Carlo Buonaparte
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 27, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: February 24, 1785

 6 François-René de Chateaubriand

François-René de Chateaubriand
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 4, 1768
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France
Died: July 4, 1848

François-René de Chateaubriand was a French writer, diplomat, historian, and politician. Chateaubriand had a major influence on 19th-century French literature. François-René de Chateaubriand is also remembered for defending the Catholic faith by writing The Genius of Christianity when most intellectuals were turning against the Church. Chateaubriand was a food enthusiast; it is believed that Chateaubriand steak is named after him.

 7 Jean Monnet

Jean Monnet
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Famous As: Diplomat, Entrepreneur, Politician
Birthdate: November 9, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cognac, France
Died: March 16, 1979

Son of a brandy merchant, French economist Jean Monnet is known as The Father of Europe. He was one of the first to propose a common European market, leading six countries, including France, to form the European Coal and Steel Community, which eventually led to the modern-day European Union.

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 8 Arthur de Gobineau

Arthur de Gobineau
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 14, 1816
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ville-d'Avray, France
Died: October 13, 1882

 9 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Economist
Birthdate: March 9, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Bignon-Mirabeau
Died: April 2, 1791

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau was the son of renowned economist Victor Riqueti. A bout of small pox disfigured his face permanently but that didn’t stop him from rising as a leader of the French Revolution. However, posthumously, he was proved to be a royalist.

 10 Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 1, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: February 26, 1821

 11 Tristan Tzara

Tristan Tzara
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Famous As: Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film director, Translator, Playwright, Essayist, Composer, Musician, Performance artist, Literary critic
Birthdate: April 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moineşti
Died: December 25, 1963

 12 Chevalier d'Éon

Chevalier d'Éon
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: October 5, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tonnere, France
Died: May 21, 1810

 13 Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: January 24, 1732
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1799

 14 Bernard Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner
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Famous As: Physician, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: November 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Avignon

 15 Paul Claudel

Paul Claudel
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Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet lawyer, Translator
Birthdate: August 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Fère
Died: February 23, 1955

 16 Jules Ferry

Jules Ferry
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: April 5, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
Died: March 17, 1893

 17 André Bettencourt

André Bettencourt
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Maurice-d'Ételan
Died: November 19, 2007

 18 Jean-Louis Tauran

Jean-Louis Tauran
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Famous As: Librarian, Diplomat, Archivist, Catholic priest
Birthdate: April 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bordeaux

 19 Alexandre Colonna-Walewski

Alexandre Colonna-Walewski
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 4, 1810
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walewice, Poland
Died: September 27, 1868

 20 Laurent Fabius

Laurent Fabius
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

 21 Pierre Mendès France

Pierre Mendès France
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 18, 1982

Pierre Mendès France, who served as the president of France, is best remembered for his efforts in ending France’s involvement in the Indochina War. He was a qualified lawyer and had also participated in World War II. He also signed a deal that made France pull out its forces from Vietnam.

 22 Edmond-Charles Genêt

Edmond-Charles Genêt
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Famous As: French envoy
Birthdate: January 8, 1763
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: July 14, 1834

 23 François Guizot

François Guizot
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator, Writer, Literary critic, Carpenter
Birthdate: October 4, 1787
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nîmes
Died: September 12, 1874

François Guizot was a French historian and statesman. He was a key figure in French politics in the years leading to the Revolution of 1848. After serving under the "citizen king" Louis Philippe in several roles, he was made the Prime Minister of France in 1847. He played a critical role in expanding public education. 

 24 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon

Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: January 16, 1675
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 2, 1755

 25 Saint-John Perse

Saint-John Perse
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 31, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Died: September 20, 1975

 26 Pope Martin IV

Pope Martin IV
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1210 AD
Birthplace: Touraine, France
Died: March 28, 1285

 27 Roger Etchegaray

Roger Etchegaray
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Famous As: Diplomat, Catholic priest
Birthdate: September 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espelette, France
Died: September 4, 2019

 28 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes

Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 29, 1719
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: February 13, 1787

 29 Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 29, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellac, France
Died: January 31, 1944

 30 Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes

Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 6, 1721
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 22, 1794

 31 Roger Peyrefitte

Roger Peyrefitte
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: August 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castres, Tarn, France
Died: November 5, 2000

 32 Paul Painlevé

Paul Painlevé
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: December 5, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 29, 1933

Paul Painlevé was a French mathematician and statesman who served as the prime minister of the Third Republic twice. Even though his first tenure as the prime minister lasted only a few weeks, he had to deal with serious issues within this short time. He also represented France in the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations.

 33 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul

Étienne François, duc de Choiseul
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: June 28, 1719
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: May 8, 1785

 34 Jean Nicot

Jean Nicot
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Famous As: Diplomat and scholar
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Nîmes, France
Died: May 4, 1604

 35 Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: October 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 26, 2013

Stéphane Hessel was a concentration camp survivor and a French Resistance member. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure and served in the army for a while. He became a resistance member during World War II and was taken to a concentration camp. He survived the ordeal and later became an ambassador and diplomat. He was also a published author. 

 36 Joseph Fesch

Joseph Fesch
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: January 3, 1763
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 13, 1839

 37 Enguerrand de Marigny

Enguerrand de Marigny
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Famous As: Chamberlain
Birthdate: 1260 AD
Birthplace: Lyons-la-Forêt, France
Died: April 30, 1315

 38 Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu

Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: September 14, 1766
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1822

Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu was a French statesman. He served as an officer in the Russian Imperial Army during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars. He was a royalist and actively supported monarchy during the Bourbon Restoration, following which he became the prime minister of France. He was married to Alexandrine Rosalie Sabine de Rochechouart-Faudoas.  

 39 Maurice Couve de Murville

Maurice Couve de Murville
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: January 24, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: December 24, 1999

Maurice Couve de Murville was a French diplomat and politician who served as the prime minister of France from 1968 to 1969. Prior to this, he was the minister of foreign affairs from 1958 to 1968. He played a key role in the critical Franco-German treaty of cooperation and laid the foundation for the Paris-Bonn axis as the foreign minister.  

 40 Andrew of Lonjumeau

Andrew of Lonjumeau
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: December 31, 0000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: October 31, 0000

 41 Armand de Vignerot du Plessis

Armand de Vignerot du Plessis
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: March 13, 1696
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 8, 1788

 42 Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt

Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: December 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caulaincourt, Aisne, France
Died: February 19, 1827

 43 Vivant Denon

Vivant Denon
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 4, 1747
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Died: April 27, 1825

 44 Albert, 4th duc de Broglie

Albert, 4th duc de Broglie
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: June 13, 1821
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 19, 1901

Albert, 4th duc de Broglie was a 19th-century French monarchist politician, diplomat, and writer. He served as the prime minister of France for two non-consecutive terms. The eldest son of Victor, 3rd duc de Broglie, he succeeded his father as the 4th duc de Broglie in 1870.  He was appointed the prime minister for the first time in May 1873. 

 45 Victor de Broglie

Victor de Broglie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 28, 1785
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 25, 1870

 46 Charles Joseph, comte de Flahaut

Charles Joseph, comte de Flahaut
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Famous As: Military general
Birthdate: April 21, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 1, 1870

 47 Philippe de Commines

Philippe de Commines
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1447 AD
Birthplace: Renescure, France
Died: October 18, 1511

Philippe de Commines was a writer and diplomat who worked in the courts of Burgundy and France. Modern historians often call him "the first truly modern writer". He began his career as a soldier and later became a knight. He composed the Mémoires, which was posthumously published in three segments (1524-28) several years after his death in 1511. 

 48 Georges Catroux

Georges Catroux
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Famous As: Army general
Birthdate: January 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: December 21, 1969

 49 Maurice-Georges Paléologue

Maurice-Georges Paléologue
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Famous As: French diplomat and writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 21, 1944

Maurice-Georges Paléologue was a French diplomat and historian. He was also an essayist of great caliber. He played a pivotal role in the French entry into the First World War. At that time, he was the French ambassador to Russia and was in support of the Russian mobilization against Germany. He was also a published author of novels and essays. 

 50 Anne Jean Marie René Savary

Anne Jean Marie René Savary
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: April 26, 1774
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marcq, France
Died: June 2, 1833