Famous French Educators

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Brigitte Macron
(Spouse of the President of France (Since 2017))
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Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amiens, France

Wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron was, interestingly, her husband’s literature and theater teacher at Lycée la Providence. She was the chief strategist during Macron’s 2016-2017 election. Twenty-four years Macron’s senior, Brigitte, was to be the official “First Lady” of France, until a signature campaign thwarted such plans. 

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Pierre de Coubertin
(Father of the Modern Olympic Games)
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Birthdate: January 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 2, 1937

Pierre de Coubertin was a French historian and educator. Credited with founding the International Olympic Committee, Coubertin is often referred to as the father of the modern Olympic Games. Also an important contributor to the sport of rugby union, Coubertin was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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Nadia Boulanger
(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
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Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.

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Charles-Michel de l'Épée
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Birthdate: November 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, Yvelines, France
Died: December 23, 1789

Eighteenth-century philanthropic educator Charles-Michel de l'Épée is regarded as the Father of the Deaf for pioneering the education of the deaf and dumb. He laid down the Signed French system, which enabled the deaf to participate in legal proceedings. His French Sign Language laid the path to the American Sign Language.

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Claire Denis
(French Filmmaker Best Known for Her Film 'Beau Travail')
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Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Claire Denis is a French filmmaker and writer. She is best known for her 1999 film Beau Travail, which is often counted among the greatest movies of the 1990s. She is also known for directing the 2022 romantic drama film Both Sides of the Blade, which earned her the prestigious Silver Bear Award for Best Director.

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Pierre Joliot
(French Biologist)
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Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Pierre Joliot is a French biologist best known for his research work at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). From 1985 to 1986, he served as the scientific advisor to the then prime minister of France.

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Allan Kardec
(French Educator, Author, and Translator Best Remembered for Writing Five Book Collection Named 'Spiritist Codification')
Allan Kardec
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Birthdate: October 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 31, 1869

Allan Kardec was a French educator, author, and translator. The founder of Spiritism, Kardec is best remembered for writing five books which are collectively known as the Spiritist Codification. His work with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi helped lay the foundation for the teaching model in France and Germany.

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Paul Dukas
(French Composer Best Known for the Orchestral Piece 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice')
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Birthdate: October 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1935

Best known for his masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, French composer Paul Dukas was admired by both conservative and progressive French musicians. Born to a pianist mother, Dukas had begun composing while recovering from an ailment at age 14. Shortly before his death, he destroyed most of his manuscripts.

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Adolphe Adam
(French Music Critic, Teacher, and Composer Best Remembered for His Ballets, 'Le corsaire' and 'Giselle')
Adolphe Adam
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Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 3, 1856

Adolphe Adam was a French music critic, teacher, and composer. Best remembered for his ballets, Le corsaire and Giselle, Adam was a prolific composer for the theatre. Adolphe Adam is credited with developing the French form of opera along with his teacher Adrien Boieldieu and his older contemporary Daniel Auber.

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Robert Clary
(Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Hogan's Heroes')
Robert Clary
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Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Robert Clary is a French-American actor, artist, singer, author, and lecturer. He is known for his portrayal of Corporal Louis LeBeau in the American television sitcom, Hogan's Heroes. A Holocaust survivor, Clary often speaks about the perils faced by him during the Second World War. Robert Clary has also released a memoir titled From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes.

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Lucie Aubrac
(French History Teacher and Member of the ‘French Resistance’ During ‘Second World War’)
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Birthdate: June 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mâcon, France
Died: March 14, 2007
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Pauline Viardot
(One of the Best 19th-Century French Mezzo-Soprano, Pedagogue and Composer)
Pauline Viardot
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Birthdate: July 18, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1910
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Jacques Lecoq
(Stage Actor and Acting Movement Coach Best Known for His Teaching Methods in Physical Theatre, Movement, and Mime)
Jacques Lecoq
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Birthdate: December 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 19, 1999
Jacques Lecoq was a French actor and teacher best remembered for his teaching methods in mime and physical theatre. He is credited with  founding the École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq where he taught from 1956 to 1999.  
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Jean-Pierre Sauvage
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Birthdate: October 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nobel Prize-winning French chemist Jean-Pierre Sauvage is currently associated with Strasbourg University. He has gained recognition for his research on supramolecular and coordination chemistry, and for creating molecular chains, such as catenane, that mimic the mechanical functions by changing their nature in response to external cues.

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Jules Joseph Lefebvre
(French Painter Noted for His Works ‘The Death of Priam’ that Won the ‘Prix de Rome’)
Jules Joseph Lefebvre
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Birthdate: March 14, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tournan-en-Brie, France
Died: February 24, 1911
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Wanda Landowska
(Harpsichordist)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 16, 1959

Wanda Landowska was a Polish pianist and harpsichordist who is credited with reinvigorating the popularity of the harpsichord through her performances, writings, teaching, and recordings in the early 20th century. In 1933, Wanda Landowska became the first person to record Goldberg Variations, which were originally composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for keyboard, on the harpsichord.

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Verónika Mendoza
(Politician)
Verónika Mendoza
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Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Peru
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Guy Gilbert
(Priest)
Guy Gilbert
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Birthdate: September 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochefort, France

French Roman Catholic priest Guy Gilbert was trained in Algeria and later began his spiritual career working with juvenile delinquents in France. He has mentored Belgian prince Laurent and has also worked for Radio Notre-Dame and La Croix. The Légion d’Honneur winner has also penned several books.

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Charles-Marie Widor
(French Organist and Composer Known for His 'Toccata' from the 'Fifth Organ Symphony' Composition)
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Birthdate: February 21, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 12, 1937
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Frédéric Ozanam
(Literary Scholar, Lawyer, Journalist And Founder of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)
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Birthdate: April 23, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 8, 1853

Frédéric Ozanam was a French lawyer, literary scholar, equal rights advocate, and journalist. He is credited with co-founding the Conference of Charity, which came to be known as the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. in 1997, Frédéric Ozanam was beatified at Notre Dame de Paris by Pope John Paul II and his feast day is observed on 9 September.

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Anton Reicha
(Educator)
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Birthdate: February 26, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: May 28, 1836
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Violette Verdy
(Ballerina)
Violette Verdy
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Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pont-l'Abbé, France
Died: February 8, 2016

Violette Verdy was a French ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, and writer. From 1958 to 1977, Verdy served as the principal dancer for the New York City Ballet where she was a star. She also served as the director for popular ballet companies like the Boston Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. During her lifetime, Verdy was honored with several awards.

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Thomas Couture
(Fine art artist)
Thomas Couture
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Birthdate: December 21, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Senlis, France
Died: March 30, 1879
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Marie Souvestre
(Educator)
Marie Souvestre
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Birthdate: May 28, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brest, France
Died: March 30, 1905
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Fromental Halévy
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Birthdate: May 27, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1862
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Stanley Hoffmann
(Professor)
Stanley Hoffmann
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Birthdate: November 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 13, 2015
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Ambroise Thomas
(Composer)
Ambroise Thomas
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Birthdate: August 5, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: February 12, 1896
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Jean Dieudonné
(Mathematician)
Jean Dieudonné
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Birthdate: July 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: November 29, 1992
John Baptist de La Salle
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Birthdate: April 30, 1651
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: April 7, 1719

John Baptist de La Salle, also known as La Salle, is remembered as the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, or the de La Salle Brothers. Apart from setting up charitable boarding schools, he also trained teachers. He is revered as the patron saint of school teachers and educators.

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Charles Koechlin
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Birthdate: November 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 31, 1950
Edward Frederick Sorin
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Birthdate: February 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ahuille, France
Died: October 31, 1893
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Alain Mabanckou
(Novelist)
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Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo
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Jean-Christophe Yoccoz
(Mathematician)
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Birthdate: May 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 3, 2016
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Gilles Lipovetsky
(Philosopher)
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Birthdate: September 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Millau, France

Gilles Lipovetsky is a French sociologist, philosopher, and writer. He also serves as a professor at the prestigious Stendhal University in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. An influential figure, Lipovetsky has written about important topics like globalization, feminism, consumerism, and modern culture.

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Laurent Lafforgue
(Mathematician)
Laurent Lafforgue
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Birthdate: November 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antony, France
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Jean de Gerson
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Birthdate: December 13, 1363
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: July 12, 1429
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Philipp Spener
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Birthdate: January 13, 1635
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ribeauvillé, France
Died: February 5, 1705
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Francis Rapp
(Medievalist)
Francis Rapp
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Birthdate: June 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: March 29, 2020
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Théodore Dubois
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Birthdate: August 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosnay, France
Died: June 11, 1924
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Eugène Carrière
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Birthdate: January 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gournay, France
Died: March 27, 1906

French symbolist artist Eugène Carrière was a significant figure of the Fin de siècle period. It is believed his works influenced much of his friend Pablo Picasso’s artworks. His signature style included gray shades and soft tones. He also taught art at Académie de La Palette.

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Paul Philippe Cret
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Birthdate: October 24, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: September 8, 1945

French-born American architect Paul Philippe Cret was a late Beaux Arts school member. Apart from teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, he designed major buildings such as the Washington DC-based Pan American Union and the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. He had also served the French army during World War I.

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Valentin Haüy
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Birthdate: November 13, 1745
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France
Died: March 19, 1822
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Yvonne Loriod
(Pianist)
Yvonne Loriod
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Birthdate: January 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houilles, France
Died: May 17, 2010
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André Lhote
(Painter)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: January 24, 1962

André Lhote was a French painter of portraits, figure subjects, still life, and landscapes. Lhote is best remebered for his contribution as a teacher; he taught at several prestigious institutions like the Académie Notre-Dame des Champs and Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He is credited with mentoring many future artists like Kuno Veeber, Simon Elwes, and Erich Carl Hugo Adamson.

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Anthony Benezet
(Educator)
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Birthdate: January 31, 1713
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: May 3, 1784
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Pierre Fournier
(Cellist, Music pedagogue)
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Birthdate: June 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 8, 1986
Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis
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Birthdate: January 25, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Issy-l'Évêque, Saône-et-Loire
Died: December 31, 1830
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Eustache Le Sueur
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Birthdate: November 19, 1616
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1655

One of the co-founders of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, Eustache Le Sueur was also one of its first professors. He is best remembered for his religious art that showcased the French Baroque style. Born to a wood sculptor father, he was later trained in painting under Simon Vouet.

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Carlos Salzedo
(Musician)
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Birthdate: April 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arcachon, France
Died: August 17, 1961
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Henri Herz
(Pianist)
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Birthdate: January 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 5, 1888