France has been a dominant force in Europe and the world over since times immemorial, be it culturally, politically or militarily. A global linchpin of art, fashion, science and literature, it has made significant contribution to the world history in every sphere. Till date, the country remains a great power with substantial cultural, economic, military, and political influence. And much of that wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the chivalrous French leaders who exuded great power, authority and influence to make the country the powerhouse that it is today. Be it the valiant Emperor Napolean I or the heroic King Louis XIV, the exceptional Michel de Montaigne or the Nobel laureate Andre Gide, the avant-garde Erik Satie or the golden age superstar Hector Berlioz, the revolutionary Christian Dior or the contemporary Yves Saint Laurent, the gallant Charles de Gaulle or the pacifist Jean Jaures, French leaders have served as the perfect idols and role models for the world over. They have brought the country to the limelight and made France one of the world capitals in literature, science, music, fashion, commerce, trade, politics, military and tourism. Read this section for the life and works of great French leaders.
Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France
Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
President

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire
Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
 

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

John CalvinJohn Calvin
10 July 1509
Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor
Bernadette SoubirousBernadette Soubirous
07 January 1844
Saint

Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
20 May 1743
Leader of the Haitian Revolution
Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
09 September 1585
French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman

Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand
26 October 1916
Former President of France

Saint SebastianSaint Sebastian
0256 AD
Saint

Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus
09 October 1859
Artillery Officer
Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Physician

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France

François HollandeFrançois Hollande
12 August 1954
President of France

Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux
02 January 1873
Nun
Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
05 August 1968
Political Leader

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French
Jacques de MolayJacques de Molay
1243 AD
Religious Leader

Joachim MuratJoachim Murat
25 March 1767
Marshal of France

Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
15 January 1809
Politician

Michel NeyMichel Ney
10 January 1769
Soldier
Georges DantonGeorges Danton
26 October 1759
Revolutionary

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou
05 July 1911
Former Prime Minister & President of France

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
1035 AD
Pope
Louis BonaparteLouis Bonaparte
02 September 1778
King of Holland from 1806 to 1810

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Léon BlumLéon Blum
09 April 1872
Former Prime Minister of France
Mirra AlfassaMirra Alfassa
21 February 1878
Spiritual Guru

Pope Clement VPope Clement V
1264 AD
Spiritual Leader

Ségolène RoyalSégolène Royal
22 September 1953
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and

Jean MoulinJean Moulin
20 June 1899
An Emblem of the Resistance
Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader
Aristide BriandAristide Briand
28 March 1862
Prime Minister

Dominique de VillepinDominique de Villepin
14 November 1953
Former Prime Minister of France

Vincent AuriolVincent Auriol
27 August 1884
Former President of France

Marion Maréchal-Le PenMarion Maréchal-Le Pen
10 December 1989
Politician
Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault
05 October 1899
French Politician

Michel Jean-Pierre DebreMichel Debré
15 January 1912
149th Prime Minister of France

Maximilien de RobespierreMaximilien de Robespierre
06 May 1758
Influential Figure of the French Revolution

Raymond Octave Joseph BarreRaymond Barre
12 April 1924
Former Prime Minister of France

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
02 February 1807
French Politician

Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911
Politician
Charles I, Duke of BrittanyCharles I, Duke of Brittany
1319 AD
Medieval Breton Leaders

Charles IXCharles IX
27 June 1550
King of France

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor
Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau
28 September 1841
Former French Prime Minister

RolloRollo
0846 AD
King
Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde
01 January 1956
Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician,

Ned LamontNed Lamont
03 January 1954
Businessman

Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
 

Nicolas FlamelNicolas Flamel
1330 AD
Scribe

Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights
Valéry Giscard d'EstaingValéry Giscard d'Estaing
02 February 1926
Former President of the French Republic

Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux
1090 AD
Abbot

François PinaultFrançois Pinault
21 August 1936
Businessperson

Dominique Strauss-KahnDominique Strauss-Kahn
25 April 1949
Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933
Politician

Pierre LavalPierre Laval
28 June 1883
Politician, Lawyer
Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
30 December 1940
Explorer

David CageDavid Cage
09 June 1969
Video game producer, Designer

Patrick DevedjianPatrick Devedjian
26 August 1944
Politician
Francis, Duke of AnjouFrancis, Duke of Anjou
18 March 1555
Duke

Jean-Marie Le PenJean-Marie Le Pen
20 June 1928
Politician, Trade unionist
DenisDenis
Saint

Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy
18 October 1663
Officer

CarusCarus
0222 AD
Emperor
Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
01 December 1081
King

Gilad ShalitGilad Shalit
28 August 1986
Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment
Vincent de PaulVincent de Paul
24 April 1581
Catholic priest

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD
Saint

RashiRashi
22 February 1040
Rabbi

Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert
29 August 1619
Economist, Politician
Louis Antoine, Duke of AngoulêmeLouis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
06 August 1775
King
Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959
Politician

John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316
King

Louis Philippe II, Duke of OrléansLouis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
13 April 1747
Duke

Tidjane ThiamTidjane Thiam
29 July 1962
Entrepreneur
Simone VeilSimone Veil
13 July 1927
Politician, Judge

Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008
politician

François DarlanFrançois Darlan
07 August 1881
Politician, Military personnel

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
21 August 1567
Bishop

Robert SchumanRobert Schuman
29 June 1886
Statesman
Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784
King

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier
18 June 1884
Politician
Paul ReynaudPaul Reynaud
15 October 1878
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist

Joseph de MaistreJoseph de Maistre
01 April 1753
Philosopher
Anne of BrittanyAnne of Brittany
25 January 1477
queen
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643
Explorer