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
 
Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
Current President of France

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
1412 AD
Heroine of France

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

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France
Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
 

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

Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader
Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux
02 January 1873
Nun

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand
26 October 1916
Former President of France

Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
20 May 1743
Leader of the Haitian Revolution
François HollandeFrançois Hollande
12 August 1954
President of France

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
05 August 1968
Political Leader
Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Politician, Ex-President of France, Ex-Prime

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
09 September 1585
French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman
Georges DantonGeorges Danton
26 October 1759
Revolutionary

Joachim MuratJoachim Murat
25 March 1767
Marshal of France
Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou
05 July 1911
Former Prime Minister & President of France

Louis BonaparteLouis Bonaparte
02 September 1778
King of Holland from 1806 to 1810

Léon BlumLéon Blum
09 April 1872
Former Prime Minister of France

Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader
Ségolène RoyalSégolène Royal
22 September 1953
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and
Jean MoulinJean Moulin
20 June 1899
An Emblem of the Resistance

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

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

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

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

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman

Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault
05 October 1899
French Politician
Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911
Politician

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
02 February 1807
French Politician
Marion Maréchal-Le PenMarion Maréchal-Le Pen
10 December 1989
Politician

Charles I, Duke of BrittanyCharles I, Duke of Brittany
1319 AD
Medieval Breton Leaders

Charles IXCharles IX
27 June 1550
King of France
Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau
28 September 1841
Former French Prime Minister

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor
Maximilien RobespierreMaximilien Robespierre
06 May 1758
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist, Revolutionary

Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde
01 January 1956
Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician,

François PinaultFrançois Pinault
21 August 1936
Businessperson

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Politician, Journalist, Physician, Physicist,

Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France
12 September 1494
Painter, Politician
Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
 

Nicolas FlamelNicolas Flamel
 

Prince Aly KhanPrince Aly Khan
13 June 1911
Diplomat, Jockey, Socialite

Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France
25 April 1214
Politician
Jacques de MolayJacques de Molay
1243 AD
 

Charles VI of FranceCharles VI of France
03 December 1368
monarch
Dominique Strauss-KahnDominique Strauss-Kahn
25 April 1949
Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher

Philip II of FrancePhilip II of France
21 August 1165
King

James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933
Politician
DenisDenis
saint

Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus
09 October 1859
Military personnel
David CageDavid Cage
09 June 1969
Video game producer, Designer

Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux
1090 AD
Abbot

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767
Politician, Writer
Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of LeicesterSimon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester
1208 AD
Politician

Võ Nguyên GiápVõ Nguyên Giáp
25 August 1911
Officer, Politician, Journalist
Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
30 December 1940
Explorer

Pope Julius IIPope Julius II
05 December 1443
Catholic priest

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-PérigordCharles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
02 February 1754
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and

Pope Clement VPope Clement V
1264 AD
 
Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
1042 AD
Pope
Pierre LavalPierre Laval
28 June 1883
Politician, Lawyer

John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316
King

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

Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008
politician
Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy
18 October 1663
Officer

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
01 December 1081
King

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD
Saint

Simone VeilSimone Veil
13 July 1927
Politician, Judge

Vincent de PaulVincent de Paul
24 April 1581
Catholic priest
RashiRashi
22 February 1040
Rabbi

Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert
29 August 1619
Economist, Politician
CarusCarus
0222 AD
Emperor

GenevieveGenevieve
0419 AD
Saint

Manuel VallsManuel Valls
13 August 1962
Politician
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
16 August 1567
Theologian, Priest, Writer

Robert SchumanRobert Schuman
29 June 1886
Statesman
Tidjane ThiamTidjane Thiam
29 July 1962
Entrepreneur

François DarlanFrançois Darlan
07 August 1881
Politician, Military personnel

Anne of BrittanyAnne of Brittany
25 January 1477
queen

Bernard TapieBernard Tapie
26 January 1943
Politician, Actor, Businessperson
Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784
King

Jean Maximilien LamarqueJean Maximilien Lamarque
22 July 1770
Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643
Explorer
Hugues de PayensHugues de Payens
1070 AD
knight

Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959
Politician
Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier
18 June 1884
Politician