Famous French Journalists

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 1 
Albert Camus
(Philosopher & Novelist)

Albert Camus
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Birthdate: November 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drean, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960

Albert Camus was a French philosopher and the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His philosophical views contributed to the rise of absurdism, a philosophical concept. Also a prolific writer, Albert Camus had an illustrious literary career; most of his philosophical essays and novels are still influential.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French Poet, Author, and Aviator Best Known for His Novella ‘The Little Prince’)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 31, 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

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Emile Zola
(French Novelist & Playwright Known for His Works 'Les Rougon-Macquart' and 'Thérèse Raquin')

Emile Zola
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Birthdate: April 2, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1902

Emile Zola was a French novelist, journalist, and playwright. He played a key role in the development of theatrical naturalism and was a well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism. He was also a political journalist and was influential in the political liberalization of France. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature twice.

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 4 
Ève Curie
(Journalist and Pianist Best Known for Writing a Biography of Her Mother “Madame Curie”)

Ève Curie
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Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

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Gilles Deleuze
(Most popular for his works with Felix Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus from 1972 and A Thousand Plateaus from 1980)

Gilles Deleuze
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Birthdate: January 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 4, 1995

Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher who wrote extensively on philosophy, film, fine art, and literature. Widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Deleuze's works have influenced a wide range of disciplines, such as philosophy, literary theory, and art. His work has also influenced movements like postmodernism and post-structuralism.

Veronique Passani
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Birthdate: February 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 17, 2012

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Anatole France
(One of the Best-Selling French Poet and Novelist)

Anatole France
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Birthdate: April 16, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 12, 1924

Anatole France was a French poet, novelist, and journalist. Renowned for writing many best-sellers, Anatole France was one of the most respected French writers of his generation. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 for his brilliant literary achievements.

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 8 
John Carreyrou
(Journalist)

John Carreyrou
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Mariane Pearl
(Journalist)

Mariane Pearl
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Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France

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Paul Reynaud
(Politician, Lawyer, Journalist)

Paul Reynaud
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Birthdate: October 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelonnette
Died: September 21, 1966

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Gaston Leroux
(Journalist)

Gaston Leroux
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Birthdate: May 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1927

 12 
Jean Jaurès
(Former Member of the Chamber of Deputies of France)

Jean Jaurès
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Birthdate: September 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castres, France
Died: July 31, 1914

 13 
Robbie Ross
(Journalist)

Robbie Ross
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Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918

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Valérie Trierweiler
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angers, France

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Chris Marker
(Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet)

Chris Marker
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Birthdate: July 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: July 29, 2012

Chris Marker was a French photographer, writer, multimedia artist, film director, and film essayist. He is considered an exponent of the Left Bank subgroup of the French New Wave that came into existence in the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career by working with members of the Left Bank Film Movement, Marker went on to help popularize the genre.

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Gilad Shalit
(Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor)

Gilad Shalit
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Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahariya

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held by Palestinian militants from 2006 to 2011 and thus became significant in the Israeli political scene. He was eventually released as part of a prisoner-exchange deal, mediated by Germany ad Egypt, which required the release of over 1,000 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners.

 17 
Claude Lanzmann
(French filmmaker known for the Holocaust documentary film Shoah (1985))

Claude Lanzmann
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Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bois-Colombes, France
Died: July 5, 2018

 18 
Alain de Benoist
(Journalist)

Alain de Benoist
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Birthdate: December 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

 19 
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
(Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher)

Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban

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Jean-Dominique Bauby
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Birthdate: April 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 9, 1997

 21 
Louis Aragon
(Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature)

Louis Aragon
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Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982

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Jean-Pierre Thiollet
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France

 23 
Victor Noir
(Journalist)

Victor Noir
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Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny, France
Died: January 11, 1870

 24 
Camille Desmoulins
(Journalist, Politician, Lawyer)

Camille Desmoulins
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Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794

 25 
Marie Drucker
(Journalist)

Marie Drucker
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Birthdate: December 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 26 
Bernard Werber
(Science fiction writer best known for his Les Fourmis book trilogy)

Bernard Werber
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Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

French sci-fi author Bernard Werber is best known for his trilogy Les Fourmis, which gained international fame as The Ants. He is known for his signature style of using animals symbolically in his works. He is part of the Institute for Research on Extraordinary Experiences, and his interests include paranormal experiences.

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François-Noël Babeuf
(Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician)

François-Noël Babeuf
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Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27, 1797

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Emmanuelle Alt
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Birthdate: May 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 29 
Jacques Rivette
(Former director and film critic most commonly associated with the French New Wave and the film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma)

Jacques Rivette
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Birthdate: March 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: January 29, 2016

Jacques Rivette was a French film critic and director. One of the most important members of the French New Wave, Rivette's work is renowned for its loose narratives, improvisation, and lengthy running times. Rivette, who started his career as a film critic, worked for the film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma and his articles helped popularize the magazine in the 1960s.

 30 
Jenny Longuet
(Journalist)

Jenny Longuet
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Birthdate: May 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, Kingdom of France
Died: January 11, 1883

 31 
Elliott Erwitt
(Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)

Elliott Erwitt
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Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Elliott Erwitt is a French-born American documentary and advertising photographer. He is best known for his candid photos of absurd and ironic situations within everyday settings. Since 1953, Erwitt has been one of the most important members of the international photographic cooperative-owned association, Magnum Photos. Also an activist, Elliott Erwitt helped raise social awareness in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Charb
(Caricaturist)

Charb
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Died: January 7, 2015

 33 
Jacques Hébert
(Journalist and The founder and editor of the extreme radical newspaper Le Père Duchesne during the French Revolution)

Jacques Hébert
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Birthdate: November 15, 1757
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: March 24, 1794

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François Mauriac
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Birthdate: October 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: September 1, 1970

 35 
André Weinfeld
(Film producer)

André Weinfeld
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Birthdate: April 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

André Weinfeld is a TV and film producer, cinematographer, director, screenwriter, journalist, and photographer. In addition to covering the rock and roll and pop scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, André Weinfeld also worked as a war correspondent, covering wars such as the Six-Day War, Vietnam War, and the Yom Kippur War.

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Paul Lafargue
(Journalist, Writer)

Paul Lafargue
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Birthdate: June 15, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: November 25, 1911

Paul Lafargue was a Cuban-French political writer, literary critic, journalist, activist, and Marxist socialist. One of the most popular socialists of all time, Paul Lafargue is best remembered for his 1883 book, The Right To Be Lazy, which had a huge impact among the working class. The book explains the importance of leisure and compares labor to slavery.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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Birthdate: November 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1890

 38 
Jules Ferry
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer, Journalist)

Jules Ferry
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Birthdate: April 5, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
Died: March 17, 1893

Once the prime minister of France, Jules Ferry was a Moderate Republican leader, who is remembered for his efforts in the French colonial expansion. He followed in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer but gained fame as a political critic. He later became increasingly unpopular due to expenditures incurred in wars. 

 39 
Mélissa Theuriau
(Journalist and news anchor for M6)

Mélissa Theuriau
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Échirolles, France

 40 
Louis Blanc
(Former socialist who favored reforms, he called for the creation of cooperatives in order to guarantee employment for the urban poor)

Louis Blanc
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Birthdate: October 29, 1811
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 6, 1882

French socialist and politician Louis Blanc is best remembered for supporting the formation of "social workshops" led by workers. He initially studied law, before he started writing for journals and then eventually launched his own newspaper, Revue du progress, which published his most notable work L’Organisation du travail.

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Paul Doumer
(President of France, June 1931- May 1931)

Paul Doumer
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Birthdate: March 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aurillac, France
Died: May 7, 1932

Paul Doumer initially worked as a math professor and an editor. He had a successful stint as the governor general of French Indochina and later became the president of France. He was assassinated by a French anarchist, who shot him at a book fair event in Paris.

Jacques Pierre Brissot
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Birthdate: January 15, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chartres, Orléanais, France
Died: October 31, 1793

Jacques Pierre Brissot was a French journalist and publisher. He was one of the most important members of the Girondins, who played a prominent role during the French Revolution. Brissot is also credited with founding the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, an abolitionist society, which aimed at abolishing the institution of slavery.

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Marion Jolles Grosjean
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Birthdate: December 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne, France

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Louis Auguste Blanqui
(Revolutionary)

Louis Auguste Blanqui
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Birthdate: February 8, 1805
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Puget-Theniers, France
Died: January 1, 1881

Louis Auguste Blanqui was a French socialist who gave rise to Blanquism, a form of radicalism. While he initially studied both medicine and law, he later stepped into politics. He had been imprisoned for more than three decades and died of a stroke after a political speech at age 75.

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René Clair
(Former Film director, writer who first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy)

René Clair
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Birthdate: November 11, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1981

 46 
Fabien Roussel
(Politician)

Fabien Roussel
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Birthdate: April 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Béthune, France

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Jean d'Ormesson
(Novelist)

Jean d'Ormesson
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Birthdate: June 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 5, 2017

 48 
Anne Desclos
(Journalist)

Anne Desclos
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Birthdate: September 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochefort, France
Died: April 27, 1998

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Robert Brasillach
(French Author and Editor of Nationalist Newspaper 'Je Suis Partout')

Robert Brasillach
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Birthdate: March 31, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perpignan, France
Died: February 6, 1945

Robert Brasillach was a French journalist and author best remembered for his work as an editor for a nationalist newspaper named Je suis partout, which supported various fascist movements. Robert Brasillach was executed in 1945 following the liberation of France in 1944. He was executed for advocating denunciation, collaborationism, and incitement to murder.

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Alain Soral
(Essayist known for Holocaust denial)

Alain Soral
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Birthdate: October 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aix-les-Bains, France

Apart from being an essayist and a filmmaker, Alain Soral is also a far-right extremist, who has been in trouble for his antisemitic tendencies. Once imprisoned for racism and Holocaust denial, he also established his own political organization, Égalité & Réconciliation, with the help of far-right students’ unions.