Famous French Lawyers

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 1 Georges Danton

Georges Danton
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: October 26, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arcis-sur-Aube
Died: April 5, 1794

Georges Danton was a major figure in the early stages of the French Revolution. While many historians state that he played a key role in the establishment of the First French Republic, a few scholars refute this claim. He served as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety and was beheaded by the advocates of revolutionary terror. 

 2 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. 

 3 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.

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 4 Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
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.

 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 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.

 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Louis Aliot

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

 13 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

 14 René Coty

René Coty
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Havre
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.

 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 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.

 18 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. 

 19 Léon Gambetta

Léon Gambetta
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 2, 1838
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cahors
Died: December 31, 1882

 20 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.

 21 Arnaud Montebourg

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

 22 Isabelle Coutant-Peyre

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

 23 Alexandre Millerand

Alexandre Millerand
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: February 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
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.

 24 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.

 25 Emmanuel Gaillard

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

 26 Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Jean-Pierre Raffarin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Poitiers

 27 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.

 28 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

 29 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

 30 Fernand de Brinon

Fernand de Brinon
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Famous As: Journalist, Socialite, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 26, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Libourne
Died: April 15, 1947

 31 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

 32 Nathalie Sarraute

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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 Jeannette Bougrab

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

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Paul Ramadier

Paul Ramadier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: October 14, 1961

Paul Ramadier was a French politician and statesman. He studied law at the University of Toulouse and started his career as a lawyer in Paris. Following a successful law career, he joined politics. He took an active part in the French Resistance. As a politician, he was known to be hardworking, pragmatic, and conciliatory.

 42 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou

René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 25, 1714
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: July 29, 1792

 43 Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne

Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: April 23, 1756
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: June 3, 1819

Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne was a French lawyer and politician of the Revolutionary period. An influential personality, Billaud-Varenne played an important role during the Reign of Terror and is regarded as a key architect of the Reign of Terror. One of the most important members of the Committee of Public Safety, Billaud-Varenne worked with influential figures like Maximilien Robespierre and Georges Danton.

 44 Philippe-Antoine Merlin de Douai

Philippe-Antoine Merlin de Douai
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 30, 1754
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arleux, France
Died: December 26, 1838

 45 François Gény

François Gény
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: December 17, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baccarat, France
Died: December 16, 1959

 46 Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1544 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: July 28, 1590

 47 Jules Cambon

Jules Cambon
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: April 5, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 19, 1935

 48 François Hotman

François Hotman
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 23, 1524
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1590

 49 Fernand Labori

Fernand Labori
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 18, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: March 14, 1917

 50 Josel Of Rosheim

Josel Of Rosheim
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
Died: 1554 AD

Josel of Rosheim was a 16th-century German Jewish advocate, or shtadlan, known for his fight for the rights of German Jews. A Czech-French by birth, he had initially been a money lender, apart from being a rabbi. He is also remembered for his efforts to counter anti-Semitism.