Famous French Journalists

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 1 Albert Camus

Albert Camus
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Famous As: Philosopher & Novelist
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.

 2 Colette

Colette
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France
Died: August 3, 1954

Colette was a French author who received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. She is remembered for her novella Gigi, which inspired the 1958 movie and the 1973 musical of the same name. Her life and work have inspired several films, including the 2018 biographical drama film Colette, where Keira Knightley played the title role.

 3 Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Famous As: Novelist, Aviator & Journalist
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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 4 Ève Curie

Ève Curie
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 5 Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze
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Famous As: Philosopher, Historian, Writer, University teacher, Philosophy historian, Journalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
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.

 6 Veronique Passani

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

 7 Anatole France

Anatole France
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Famous As: Poet
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 Mariane Pearl

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

 9 Raymond Poincaré

Raymond Poincaré
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bar-le-Duc
Died: October 15, 1934

Former French president and three-time prime minister Raymond Poincaré was a qualified lawyer and the co-founder of the Democratic Republican Alliance. He suggested a retrial in the Dreyfus Affair and was also largely responsible for France’s entry into World War II. He also introduced a highly debated denaturalization law.

 10 Éric Zemmour

Éric Zemmour
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: August 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreuil, France

French far-right politician Éric Zemmour gained fame on the show Face à l'Info. He has also been a prominent political journalist for publications such as Le Quotidien de Paris and Le Figaro. The founder-leader of Reconquête, he was grabbed by the neck by an unknown man at his first campaign rally.

 11 Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras
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Famous As: Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher, Novelist, Playwright, Autobiographer, Journalist, Poet lawyer, Feminist
Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City
Died: March 3, 1996

 12 John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 13 Jean-Dominique Bauby

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

 14 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.

 15 Paul Reynaud

Paul Reynaud
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelonnette
Died: September 21, 1966

 16 Adolphe Thiers

Adolphe Thiers
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bouc-Bel-Air, France
Died: September 3, 1877

Adolphe Thiers was a French historian and statesman who served as the French Third Republic's first President. He also served as the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of France in 1840. Apart from playing a major role in the French Revolution of 1830, which ended the Bourbon monarchy, Thiers also played a key role in the French Revolution of 1848.

 17 Gaston Leroux

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

 18 Valérie Trierweiler

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

 19 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
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Famous As: Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet
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.

 20 Camille Desmoulins

Camille Desmoulins
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794

 21 Georges Sorel

Georges Sorel
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: November 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France
Died: August 29, 1922

Georges Sorel was a French political theorist, social thinker, journalist, and historian. He is credited with inspiring Sorelianism, a support system for his ideologies. Georges Sorel is also credited with inspiring several socialists, Fascists, Marxists, and anarchists. In 1891, Georges Sorel was honored with the prestigious Légion d'honneur.

 22 Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bois-Colombes

 23 Alain de Benoist

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

 24 Charb

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

 25 Jenny Longuet

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

 26 George Steiner

George Steiner
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: April 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris

 27 Jean-Pierre Thiollet

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

 28 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist, Art critic
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: December 24, 1982

 29 Louise Michel

Louise Michel
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 29, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vroncourt-la-Côte, France
Died: January 9, 1905

A significant figure of the Paris Commune, Louise Michel was born as an illegitimate child of a maid. She had initially been trained to be a teacher but later began developing an interest in revolutionary socialist ideas. She was also once sent behind bars for inciting riots.

 30 Mélissa Theuriau

Mélissa Theuriau
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter, News presenter
Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Échirolles

 31 Victor Noir

Victor Noir
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny
Died: January 10, 1870

 32 Marie Drucker

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

 33 Bernard Werber

Bernard Werber
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toulouse

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.

 34 Maurice Blanchot

Maurice Blanchot
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthdate: September 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: France
Died: February 20, 2003

 35 François-Noël Babeuf

François-Noël Babeuf
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician
Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27, 1797

 36 Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist
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.

 37 Jacques Rivette

Jacques Rivette
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic, Journalist, Writer, Cinematographer, Film actor, Actor, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: March 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rouen
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.

 38 Jacques Hébert

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

 39 François Mauriac

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

 40 Emmanuelle Alt

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

 41 André Weinfeld

André Weinfeld
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Famous As: Film producer
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.

 42 Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

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

 43 Jacques Pierre Brissot

Jacques Pierre Brissot
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 44 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

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. 

 45 Raymond Aron

Raymond Aron
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 14, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 17, 1983

Best known for his book The Opium of the Intellectuals, Raymond Aron was one of the most influential thinkers of his time. While he initially taught social philosophy, he also served the French air force during World War II. He also had long-term stints as a columnist for Le Figaro and L’Express.

 46 Paul Doumer

Paul Doumer
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: March 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aurillac
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.

 47 Louis Auguste Blanqui

Louis Auguste Blanqui
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Famous As: Revolutionary
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.

 48 Jean d'Ormesson

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

 49 René Clair

René Clair
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer, Journalist, Writer, Film editor
Birthdate: November 11, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Died: March 15, 1981

 50 Marion Jolles Grosjean

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