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

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France

23 August 1754

Napoleon IIINapoleon III

20 April 1808

Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle

22 November 1890

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley

16 November 1896

John CalvinJohn Calvin

10 July 1509

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain

24 April 1856

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy

28 January 1955

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Bernadette SoubirousBernadette Soubirous

07 January 1844

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu

09 September 1585

Therese of LisieuxThérèse of Lisieux

02 January 1873

François HollandeFrançois Hollande

12 August 1954

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand

26 October 1916

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen

05 August 1968

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Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac

29 November 1932

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte

15 August 1769

Georges DantonGeorges Danton

26 October 1759

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou

05 July 1911

Louis BonaparteLouis Bonaparte

02 September 1778

Léon BlumLéon Blum

09 April 1872

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Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette

06 September 1757

Ségolène RoyalSégolène Royal

22 September 1953

Jean MoulinJean Moulin

20 June 1899

Aristide BriandAristide Briand

28 March 1862

Dominique de VillepinDominique de Villepin

14 November 1953

Vincent AuriolVincent Auriol

27 August 1884

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Michel Jean-Pierre DebreMichel Debré

15 January 1912

Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault

05 October 1899

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois

21 May 1851

Raymond Octave Joseph BarreRaymond Barre

12 April 1924

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Marion Maréchal-Le PenMarion Maréchal-Le Pen

10 December 1989

Son SannSon Sann

05 October 1911

Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious

16 April 0778

Charles IXCharles IX

27 June 1550

Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau

28 September 1841

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Maximilien RobespierreMaximilien Robespierre

06 May 1758

Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France

12 September 1494

François PinaultFrançois Pinault

21 August 1936

Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France

25 April 1214

Nicolas FlamelNicolas Flamel
Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde

01 January 1956

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Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
Prince Aly KhanPrince Aly Khan

13 June 1911

Jacques de MolayJacques de Molay

1243 AD

Philip II of FrancePhilip II of France

21 August 1165

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat

24 May 1743

Charles VI of FranceCharles VI of France

03 December 1368

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Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus

09 October 1859


Pope Julius IIPope Julius II

05 December 1443

James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith

26 February 1933

Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo

19 June 1959

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II

1042 AD

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Võ Nguyên GiápVõ Nguyên Giáp

25 August 1911

Dominique Strauss-KahnDominique Strauss-Kahn

25 April 1949

Bernard of ClairvauxBernard of Clairvaux

1090 AD

Philippe CousteauPhilippe Cousteau

30 December 1940

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-PérigordCharles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

02 February 1754

Joachim MuratJoachim Murat

25 March 1767

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Jean-Marie Le PenJean-Marie Le Pen

20 June 1928

Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of LeicesterSimon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester

1208 AD

Simone VeilSimone Veil

13 July 1927

Vincent de PaulVincent de Paul

24 April 1581

Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert

29 August 1619

David CageDavid Cage

09 June 1969

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Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy

18 October 1663

Pierre LavalPierre Laval

28 June 1883

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La SalleRené-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle

21 November 1643

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours

0316 AD

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France

01 December 1081


22 February 1040

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John I of FranceJohn I of France

15 November 1316

Pope Clement VPope Clement V

1264 AD

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales

16 August 1567