Famous French Journalists

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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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John Carreyrou
(Journalist)
John Carreyrou
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Birthplace: Paris, France
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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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Mariane Pearl
(Journalist)
Mariane Pearl
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Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
 10 
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.

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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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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 
Valérie Trierweiler
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angers, France
 14 
Gaston Leroux
(Journalist)
Gaston Leroux
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Birthdate: May 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1927
 15 
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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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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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
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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
 19 
Alain de Benoist
(Journalist)
Alain de Benoist
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Birthdate: December 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France
 20 
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
(Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher)
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban
 21 
Victor Noir
(Journalist)
Victor Noir
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Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny, France
Died: January 11, 1870
 22 
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
 23 
Jean-Pierre Thiollet
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
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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 
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
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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
 27 
Marie Drucker
(Journalist)
Marie Drucker
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Birthdate: December 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
 28 
Charb
(Caricaturist)
Charb
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Died: January 7, 2015
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Emmanuelle Alt
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Birthdate: May 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
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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
 31 
Paul Lafargue
(French Politician, Political Writer and Journalist)
Paul Lafargue
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Birthdate: January 15, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

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

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Mélissa Theuriau
(Journalist and news anchor for M6)
Mélissa Theuriau
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Échirolles, France
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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Birthdate: November 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1890
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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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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
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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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Fabien Roussel
(Politician)
Fabien Roussel
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Birthdate: April 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Béthune, France
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Philippe Chatrier
(Journalist)
Philippe Chatrier
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Birthdate: February 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Créteil, France
Died: June 22, 2000
 42 
Michel Drucker
(Journalist)
Michel Drucker
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Birthdate: September 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vire, France
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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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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
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Guillaume Faye
(Journalist)
Guillaume Faye
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Birthdate: November 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: March 6, 2019
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Maurice Barrès
(Novelist)
Maurice Barrès
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Birthdate: August 19, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charmes, France
Died: December 4, 1923
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Alexandre Millerand
(President of France (1920-1924))
Alexandre Millerand
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Birthdate: February 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 6, 1943

A qualified lawyer, Alexandre Millerand had served as both the president and the prime minister of France. He had also held important portfolios, such as the ministries of war and commerce. He once attempted to increase presidential powers by revising the constitution. His published works include Le Socialisme réformiste.

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Pierre Lescure
(Journalist)
Pierre Lescure
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Birthdate: July 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

Best known for his French TV show Les Enfants du rock, Pierre Lescure had also served the Cannes Film Festival as its president. Born into a family of publishing pioneers, he had naturally grown up to be a journalist. He has also been the president of the premium French channel Canal +.

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Raphaël Glucksmann
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France