Famous French Lawyers & Judges

Find out more about the greatest French Lawyers & Judges, including Maximilien Robespierre, Christine Lagarde, Marine Le Pen, Pierre Laval and Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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 1 Montesquieu

Montesquieu
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 18, 1689
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Brède, France
Died: February 10, 1755

French Enlightenment political philosopher, historian, judge, and man of letters Montesquieu remains the main source of the separation of powers system that is followed in many constitutions across the globe. His treatise The Spirit of the Laws on political theory greatly influenced work of many others, including drafting of the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers of the United States.

 2 François Fillon

François Fillon
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Legislative assistant
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Mans

Former prime minister of France and Republican party member François Fillon had also held many important portfolios, such as the ministries of education and ecology. An Anglophile, he is married to a Welsh-born wife. He was later found involved in a fake jobs scandal and was convicted of fund embezzlement.

 3 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Christine Lagarde is a French politician, businessperson, and lawyer. She is the current president of the European Central Bank (ECB), a position she has been holding since 1 November 2019. Prior to this, she was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first woman to head both the ECB and the IMF. 

 4 Pierre Laval

Pierre Laval
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Châteldon
Died: October 15, 1945

Pierre Laval was a French politician who served as prime minister of France for two non-consecutive terms. A lawyer by qualification, he defended trade unions and leftists against government prosecution. As a politician, he held many governmental positions. After the liberation of France in 1944, he was arrested by the new French government and executed following a flawed trial.

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 5 Jean-Marie Le Pen

Jean-Marie Le Pen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Trinité-sur-Mer, France

Jean-Marie Le Pen is a French politician who focuses on issues pertaining to the European Union, immigration to France, France's unemployment, and law and order. From 1972 to 2011, he worked as President of the National Front. From 2011 to 2015, Le Pen served as the National Front's Honorary President.

 6 Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Famous As: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (1 November 2007 – 18 May 2011)
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
French economist and former MD of IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn grew up in Morocco, where his parents worked. Before joining politics, he taught economics. He has been in the midst of many controversies, including a sex scandal, in which a hotel maid accused him of sexual assault.

 7 Simone Veil

Simone Veil
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Famous As: Member of the Constitutional Council 1998 - 2007
Birthdate: July 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 30, 2017

A Holocaust survivor, Simone Veil had lost her father, mother, and brother to Nazi concentration camps. She grew up to be a magistrate and became the first woman president of the European Parliament. She had also been an able health minister and rallied for abortion rights of French women.

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 8 Carlo Buonaparte

Carlo Buonaparte
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 27, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: February 24, 1785

Though he initially studied law, Carlo Buonaparte quit without a degree to take charge of his inheritance after his father’s death. He later served Pasquale Paoli. However, following the French conquest of Corsica, he completed his legal education. He is best remembered as the father of Napoleon Bonaparte.

 9 Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 1, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: February 26, 1821

A qualified lawyer, Joseph de Maistre was also a skilled diplomat, moralist, and author. Part of the Savoy Senate, he was exiled in Switzerland after Napoleon’s invasion and later also served in Russia and an envoy of the Sardinian king. A staunch Roman Catholic, he was against liberal and scientific beliefs.

 10 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

 11 Louis Aliot

Louis Aliot
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 12 Lucien Bouchard

Lucien Bouchard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Alma, Canada

Lucien Bouchard is a French Canadian diplomat, lawyer, and retired politician. He is known for his role in the 1995 Quebec referendum, during which he became the leading figure for the Yes side. From 1996 to 2001, he served as the premier of Quebec. Over the years, Bouchard has been honored with many awards including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 13 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.

 14 Guillaume de Nogaret

Guillaume de Nogaret
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: 1260 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Felix-de-Caraman, France
Died: April 11, 1313

 15 Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 1, 1755
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belley, France
Died: February 2, 1826

 16 Jacques Vergès

Jacques Vergès
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 5, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ubon Ratchathani
Died: August 15, 2013

Jacques Vergès was a French lawyer, political activist, and writer. He is best remembered for defending the FLN militants during the Algerian War. Nicknamed the Devil's Advocate, Vergès achieved notoriety and attracted widespread public attention for advocating political activism. In the 2010 French-German biographical film Carlos, Jacques Vergès was played by Nicolas Briançon. 

 17 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

 18 Charles Joseph Bonaparte

Charles Joseph Bonaparte
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 28, 1921

The grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Joseph Bonaparte was a French-American lawyer and political activist, born and raised in Baltimore. Founder of Baltimore Reform League, his works attracted Theodore Roosevelt’s admiration and serving as U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General during the latter’s tenure as President, he established Bureau of Investigation, later Day FBI, prosecuting many antitrust suits.

 19 Léon Gambetta

Léon Gambetta
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Famous As: Former republican politician who proclaimed the French Third Republic in 1870 and played a prominent role in its early government
Birthdate: April 2, 1838
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cahors, France
Died: December 31, 1882

 20 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. 

 21 René Coty

René Coty
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Famous As: President of France from 1954 to 1959
Birthdate: March 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: November 22, 1962

A qualified lawyer, René Coty had been the last president of the Fourth French Republic. His presidency was plagued by issues such as the Algerian question, and his threat to resign during the May 1958 crisis accelerated the election of Charles de Gaulle as the prime minister of France.

 22 Paul Doumer

Paul Doumer
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Famous As: President of France, June 1931- May 1931
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.

 23 Arnaud Montebourg

Arnaud Montebourg
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clamecy

 24 Isabelle Coutant-Peyre

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: France

 25 Étienne de La Boétie

Étienne de La Boétie
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Famous As: Magistrate
Birthdate: November 1, 1530
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sarlat-la-Canéda, Périgord, France
Died: August 18, 1563

 26 René Cassin

René Cassin
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Famous As: French Jurist
Birthdate: October 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bayonne
Died: February 20, 1976

René Cassin was a French jurist best known for co-authoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. For this contribution, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968. The same year, he also received one of the UN General Assembly's Human Rights Prizes. The René Cassin Award is named in his honor. 

 27 Charles Alexandre de Calonne

Charles Alexandre de Calonne
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 20, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Douai, France
Died: October 29, 1802

Born to a magistrate, Charles Alexandre de Calonne initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer and gradually rose to be the controller-general of finance when the French government was sinking in debt. His suggestion of taxing the rich was rejected, paving the path for the French Revolution.

 28 Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Jean-Pierre Raffarin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Poitiers

 29 Alexandre Millerand

Alexandre Millerand
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Famous As: President of France (1920-1924)
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.

 30 Frédéric Ozanam

Frédéric Ozanam
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Famous As: Scholar
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.

 31 Emmanuel Gaillard

Emmanuel Gaillard
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France

 32 Ivo of Kermartin

Ivo of Kermartin
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 17, 1253
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Duchy of Brittany
Died: May 19, 1303

 33 Maurice Duverger

Maurice Duverger
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: December 16, 2014

Jurist and political scientist Maurice Duverger is best remembered for proposing the Duverger's law, related to the formation of a two-party system. He taught at the Sorbonne and had also been an MP, representing the Italian Communist Party first and then the Democratic Party of the Left

 34 Fernand de Brinon

Fernand de Brinon
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Famous As: Lawyer and journalist who was one of the architects of French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II
Birthdate: August 26, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Libourne, France
Died: April 15, 1947

 35 Georges Couthon

Georges Couthon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orcet, France
Died: July 28, 1794

 36 Nathalie Sarraute

Nathalie Sarraute
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Famous As: Writer, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 18, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ivanovo, Russia
Died: October 19, 1999

 37 Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville

Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville
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Famous As: Prosecutor
Birthdate: June 10, 1746
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Foreste, France
Died: May 7, 1795

 38 Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes

Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 6, 1721
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 22, 1794

 39 Gisèle Halimi

Gisèle Halimi
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Goulette, Tunisia
Died: July 28, 2020

 40 Eva Joly

Eva Joly
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Famous As: Politician, Judge, Jurist
Birthdate: December 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo

 41 Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1807
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 31, 1874

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin was a French politician best remembered as the leader of the working-class men. He was one of the most important politicians whose deeds and speeches led to the French Revolution of 1848, which is considered one of the most prominent events in the history of France. A Paris Metro station and an avenue are named after him.

 42 Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud

Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 31, 1753
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: October 31, 1793

 43 Felix Gouin

Felix Gouin
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Famous As: Chair of the Provisional Government of the French Republic
Birthdate: October 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peypin, French Third Republic France
Died: October 25, 1977

 44 Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles

Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: September 20, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 5, 1794

 45 Paul Bert

Paul Bert
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: October 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auxerre, France
Died: November 11, 1886

 46 Patrick Devedjian

Patrick Devedjian
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: March 29, 2020

 47 Jeannette Bougrab

Jeannette Bougrab
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Châteauroux, France

 48 Adolphe Crémieux

Adolphe Crémieux
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 30, 1796
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nîmes, France
Died: February 10, 1880

 49 Jean-Louis Bruguière

Jean-Louis Bruguière
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Famous As: Magistrate, Politician
Birthdate: May 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France

 50 Guillaume Budé

Guillaume Budé
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: January 26, 1467
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 23, 1540