Famous French Guitarists

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 1 Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liberchies, Belgium
Died: May 16, 1953
Belgian-born Romani-French jazz musician Jean Reinhardt was better known by his nickname Django. Some of his most celebrated composition were Belleville and Swing '42. Though he died at 43, he influenced an entire generation of musicians, which led to annual Django Festivals, a film, and a biography.

 2 Thomas Bangalter

Thomas Bangalter.
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Singer, Guitarist, Director, Composer, Screenwriter, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tlaxcala

French musician Thomas Bangalter had been part of the six-time Grammy-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk for 28 years, before it split. Known for wearing their signature helmets while performing, he and his partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, released iconic hits such as Da Funk and Get Lucky.

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 3 Thomas Mars

Thomas Mars.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France

Phoenix lead vocalist Thomas Mars once spoke about how he had cut off everything that could distract him from making a potential career in music during college. He met Sofia Coppola while composing for one of her films, and the duo got married, leading to more collaborations.

 4 Kendji Girac

Kendji Girac.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Périgueux, Aquitaine, France

 5 Rick Dufay

Rick Dufay.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

Rick Dufay is a French-American guitarist known for his association with the popular band Aerosmith. He played for the band from 1980 to 1984, during which regular guitarist Brad Whitford had left the band. Dufay left the band upon Whitford's return in 1984 and was praised for his selfless gesture. Thus, Dufay is credited with keeping the band from disbanding.

 6 Bertrand Cantat

Bertrand Cantat
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist, Singer-songwriter, Poet
Birthdate: March 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pau

Former frontman of the French rock band Noir Désir, Bertrand Cantat made headlines when he beat his girlfriend actor Marie Trintignant to death in a Lithuanian hotel. His sentence of 8 years was later commuted to 4. His ex-wife Krisztina Rády later committed suicide in his presence at her home.

 7 Victoria Legrand

Victoria Legrand
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
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 8 Tina S

Tina S
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: April 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 9 Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 10 Joe Duplantier

Joe Duplantier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 11 Jacques Dutronc

Jacques Dutronc
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 12 Jean-Jacques Goldman

Jean-Jacques Goldman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris

 13 Henry Padovani

Henry Padovani
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bastia, France

 14 Lætitia Sadier

Lætitia Sadier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vincennes, France

 15 Francis Cabrel

Francis Cabrel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Agen, France

 16 Georges Brassens

Georges Brassens
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: October 29, 1981

 17 Matthieu Chedid

Matthieu Chedid
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt

 18 Neige

Neige
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France

 19 Christian Andreu

Christian Andreu
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, France

 20 Nicolas Godin

Nicolas Godin
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Chesnay, Le Chesnay-Rocquencourt, France

 21 Henri Salvador

Henri Salvador
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Famous As: Singer, Comedian, Composer, Guitarist, Television presenter, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: July 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cayenne
Died: February 13, 2008

 22 Jean-Michel Labadie

Jean-Michel Labadie
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambo-les-Bains, French Basque Country

 23 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Engineer, Singer, Audio engineer, Guitarist, Pianist, Record producer, Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea Maritima

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

 24 Louis Bertignac

Louis Bertignac
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: February 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 25 Marcel Dadi

Marcel Dadi
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sousse, Tunisia
Died: July 17, 1996

 26 Manitas de Plata

Manitas de Plata
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: November 5, 2014

 27 Izia

Izia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 28 Canut Reyes

Canut Reyes
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Strassbourg, France

 29 Biréli Lagrène

Biréli Lagrène
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: September 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Soufflenheim, France

 30 Roland Dyens

Roland Dyens
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: October 29, 2016

 31 Thomas Dutronc

Thomas Dutronc
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 32 Hugues Aufray

Hugues Aufray
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France

 33 Jacques Pellen

Jacques Pellen
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Famous As: Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brest, France
Died: April 21, 2020