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.
Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician
Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977

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
John CalvinJohn Calvin
10 July 1509
Protestant Reformer, Theologian, Pastor

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France

Toussaint Louverture Toussaint Louverture
20 May 1743
Leader of the Haitian Revolution

Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux
02 January 1873
Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955
Bernadette SoubirousBernadette Soubirous
07 January 1844

Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
09 September 1585
French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman
Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743

Saint SebastianSaint Sebastian
0256 AD
François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand
26 October 1916
Former President of France

Jacques de MolayJacques de Molay
1243 AD
Religious Leader

François HollandeFrançois Hollande
12 August 1954
President of France
Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus
09 October 1859
Artillery Officer

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

Joachim MuratJoachim Murat
25 March 1767
Marshal of France

Georges DantonGeorges Danton
26 October 1759

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou
05 July 1911
Former Prime Minister & President of France
Michel NeyMichel Ney
10 January 1769

Mirra AlfassaMirra Alfassa
21 February 1878
Spiritual Guru

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

Léon BlumLéon Blum
09 April 1872
Former Prime Minister of France
Ségolène RoyalSégolène Royal
22 September 1953
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and

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Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader

Jean MoulinJean Moulin
20 June 1899
An Emblem of the Resistance

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

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman
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

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
02 February 1807
French Politician
Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911

Marion Maréchal-Le PenMarion Maréchal-Le Pen
10 December 1989

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

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

Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France
12 September 1494
Painter, Politician

Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
Nicolas FlamelNicolas Flamel
1330 AD

James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933
Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD


François PinaultFrançois Pinault
21 August 1936
Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux
1090 AD

Pierre LavalPierre Laval
28 June 1883
Politician, Lawyer
Tidjane ThiamTidjane Thiam
29 July 1962

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643

Dominique Strauss-KahnDominique Strauss-Kahn
25 April 1949
Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
1264 AD

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
1042 AD
Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy
18 October 1663

Vincent de PaulVincent de Paul
24 April 1581
Catholic priest

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

John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316
Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert
29 August 1619
Economist, Politician
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
16 August 1567
Theologian, Priest, Writer

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
01 December 1081

David CageDavid Cage
09 June 1969
Video game producer, Designer

22 February 1040
Simone VeilSimone Veil
13 July 1927
Politician, Judge

Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
30 December 1940

Lucien BouchardLucien Bouchard
22 December 1938

Félix FaureFélix Faure
30 January 1841

Ned LamontNed Lamont
02 January 1954
Political Leader
0222 AD

0419 AD
Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008

Robert SchumanRobert Schuman
29 June 1886

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767
Politician, Writer
Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959

Marcel LefebvreMarcel Lefebvre
29 November 1905
Theologian, Catholic priest
François DarlanFrançois Darlan
07 August 1881
Politician, Military personnel

Anne of BrittanyAnne of Brittany
25 January 1477

Raymond PoincaréRaymond Poincaré
20 August 1860
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier
18 June 1884
Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784

Pope Sylvester IIPope Sylvester II
0940 AD
astronomer, mathematician, politician, cleric,
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

James I of AragonJames I of Aragon
02 February 1208
Ludwig I of BavariaLudwig I of Bavaria
25 August 1786

Hugues de PayensHugues de Payens
1070 AD
Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers
15 April 1797
Lawyer, Politician, Journalist, Historian, Writer