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.
Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
President
Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French

Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France
Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader

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

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

François HollandeFrançois Hollande
12 August 1954
President of France
Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
05 August 1968
Political Leader

Charles IXCharles IX
27 June 1550
King of France

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

Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux
02 January 1873
Nun
Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France

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

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand
26 October 1916
Former President of France

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France
Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Physician
Saint SebastianSaint Sebastian
0256 AD
Saint

Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
19 December 1683
King of Spain

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
09 September 1585
French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman
Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus
09 October 1859
Artillery Officer

Bernadette SoubirousBernadette Soubirous
07 January 1844
Saint
Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor

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

Jacques de MolayJacques de Molay
1243 AD
Religious Leader
Joachim MuratJoachim Murat
25 March 1767
Marshal of France

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Michel NeyMichel Ney
10 January 1769
Soldier
Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
15 January 1809
Politician

Georges DantonGeorges Danton
26 October 1759
Revolutionary

Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau
28 September 1841
Former French Prime Minister

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
1035 AD
Pope
Jean MoulinJean Moulin
20 June 1899
An Emblem of the Resistance

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

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

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

Pope Clement VPope Clement V
1264 AD
Spiritual Leader

Vincent AuriolVincent Auriol
27 August 1884
Former President of France

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

Aristide BriandAristide Briand
28 March 1862
Prime Minister
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
Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault
05 October 1899
French Politician

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
02 February 1807
French Politician

Son SannSon Sann
05 October 1911
Politician
Marion Maréchal-Le PenMarion Maréchal-Le Pen
10 December 1989
Politician

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman
Charles I, Duke of BrittanyCharles I, Duke of Brittany
1319 AD
Medieval Breton Leaders

Dominique Strauss-KahnDominique Strauss-Kahn
25 April 1949
Economist, Politician, Lawyer, University teacher

Valéry Giscard d'EstaingValéry Giscard d'Estaing
02 February 1926
Former President of the French Republic

TarrareTarrare
1772 AD
Showman

RolloRollo
0846 AD
King
Henri de BourbonHenri de Bourbon
13 December 1553
 

Louis-Philippe I of FranceLouis-Philippe I of France
06 October 1773
King of France

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

Abdülmecid IIAbdülmecid II
29 May 1868
Caliph
Nicolas FlamelNicolas Flamel
1330 AD
Scribe

Robert Louis-DreyfusRobert Louis-Dreyfus
14 June 1946
Businessperson
Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD
Saint

François PinaultFrançois Pinault
21 August 1936
Businessperson

Jean-Marie Le PenJean-Marie Le Pen
20 June 1928
Politician, Trade unionist
Billy MitchellBilly Mitchell
29 December 1879
Military General

Pierre LavalPierre Laval
28 June 1883
Politician, Lawyer
David CageDavid Cage
09 June 1969
Video game producer, Designer

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-PérigordCharles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
02 February 1754
Politician

Hugh Capet of FranceHugh Capet of France
0940 AD
 
Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959
Politician

Ned LamontNed Lamont
03 January 1954
Businessman
Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux
1090 AD
Abbot

Saint BernardSaint Bernard
30 November 1089
Theologian

James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933
Politician

Louis Antoine, Duke of AngoulêmeLouis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
06 August 1775
King
Saad HaririSaad Hariri
18 April 1970
Politician
Vincent de PaulVincent de Paul
24 April 1581
Catholic priest

Louis I de Bourbon, prince de CondéLouis I de Bourbon, prince de Condé
07 May 1530
General

Tidjane ThiamTidjane Thiam
29 July 1962
Entrepreneur

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
21 November 1643
Explorer
RochRoch
1295 AD
Saint

Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de RochambeauJean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
01 July 1725
General

Félix FaureFélix Faure
30 January 1841
Politician

Francis, Duke of AnjouFrancis, Duke of Anjou
18 March 1555
Duke

Saint Denis of ParisSaint Denis of Paris
Bishop of Paris
Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy
18 October 1663
Officer

Louis, Duke of BurgundyLouis, Duke of Burgundy
16 August 1682
Politician
Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau
30 December 1940
Explorer

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
1081 AD
King
Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert
29 August 1619
Economist, Politician
CarusCarus
0222 AD
Emperor