Famous French Media Personalities

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Albert Camus
(Philosopher & Novelist)
Albert Camus
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Birthdate: November 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drean, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960

Albert Camus was a French philosopher and the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His philosophical views contributed to the rise of absurdism, a philosophical concept. Also a prolific writer, Albert Camus had an illustrious literary career; most of his philosophical essays and novels are still influential.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French Poet, Author, and Aviator Best Known for His Novella ‘The Little Prince’)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 31, 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

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Emile Zola
(French Novelist & Playwright Known for His Works 'Les Rougon-Macquart' and 'Thérèse Raquin')
Emile Zola
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Birthdate: April 2, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1902

Emile Zola was a French novelist, journalist, and playwright. He played a key role in the development of theatrical naturalism and was a well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism. He was also a political journalist and was influential in the political liberalization of France. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature twice.

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Ève Curie
(Journalist and Pianist Best Known for Writing a Biography of Her Mother “Madame Curie”)
Ève Curie
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Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

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Liz Bonnin
(Presented morning show RI:SE and music show Top of the Pops in the early 2000s)
Liz Bonnin
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Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Jean Giraud
(Artist)
Jean Giraud
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Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012
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Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums')
Marjane Satrapi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

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Amanda Lear
(Singer)
Amanda Lear
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Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Gilles Deleuze
(Most popular for his works with Felix Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus from 1972 and A Thousand Plateaus from 1980)
Gilles Deleuze
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Birthdate: January 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 4, 1995

Gilles Deleuze was a French philosopher who wrote extensively on philosophy, film, fine art, and literature. Widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Deleuze's works have influenced a wide range of disciplines, such as philosophy, literary theory, and art. His work has also influenced movements like postmodernism and post-structuralism.

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Mireille Mathieu
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Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Avignon, France
French singer Mireille Mathieu began her career by participating in an annual singing contest in Avignon. She has recorded over 1200 songs in eleven languages in her career spanning over four decades. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the chanteuse is classically known for her illustrious crooning. In 1974, she won the German "Bambi" Music Award.
Veronique Passani
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Birthdate: February 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 17, 2012
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Albert Uderzo
(Comic book artist)
Albert Uderzo
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Birthdate: April 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fismes, France
Died: March 24, 2020
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Brigitte Lahaie
(Radio Host)
Brigitte Lahaie
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Birthdate: October 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tourcoing, France
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John Carreyrou
(Journalist)
John Carreyrou
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Birthplace: Paris, France
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Afida Turner
(Singer)
Afida Turner
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Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France
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Anatole France
(One of the Best-Selling French Poet and Novelist)
Anatole France
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Birthdate: April 16, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 12, 1924

Anatole France was a French poet, novelist, and journalist. Renowned for writing many best-sellers, Anatole France was one of the most respected French writers of his generation. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 for his brilliant literary achievements.

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Mariane Pearl
(Journalist)
Mariane Pearl
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Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
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Marguerite Duras
(Former novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker)
Marguerite Duras
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Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vietnam
Died: March 3, 1996
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Gilad Shalit
(Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor)
Gilad Shalit
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Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahariya

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held by Palestinian militants from 2006 to 2011 and thus became significant in the Israeli political scene. He was eventually released as part of a prisoner-exchange deal, mediated by Germany ad Egypt, which required the release of over 1,000 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners.

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Jean Jaurès
(Former Member of the Chamber of Deputies of France)
Jean Jaurès
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Birthdate: September 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castres, France
Died: July 31, 1914
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Paul Reynaud
(Politician, Lawyer, Journalist)
Paul Reynaud
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Birthdate: October 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelonnette
Died: September 21, 1966
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Gaston Leroux
(Journalist)
Gaston Leroux
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Birthdate: May 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1927
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Céline Tran
(Actress)
Céline Tran
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Birthdate: April 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France
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Valérie Trierweiler
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Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angers, France
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Robbie Ross
(Journalist)
Robbie Ross
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Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918
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Louise Bourgoin
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Birthdate: November 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rennes, France
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Chris Marker
(Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet)
Chris Marker
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Birthdate: July 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: July 29, 2012

Chris Marker was a French photographer, writer, multimedia artist, film director, and film essayist. He is considered an exponent of the Left Bank subgroup of the French New Wave that came into existence in the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career by working with members of the Left Bank Film Movement, Marker went on to help popularize the genre.

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René Goscinny
(Cartoonist who created the Astérix comic book series)
René Goscinny
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Birthdate: August 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, French Third Republic France
Died: November 5, 1977
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Claude Lanzmann
(French filmmaker known for the Holocaust documentary film Shoah (1985))
Claude Lanzmann
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Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bois-Colombes, France
Died: July 5, 2018
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Anne Sinclair
(Television Host)
Anne Sinclair
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Birthdate: July 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Jean-Dominique Bauby
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Birthdate: April 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 9, 1997
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Daniel Cohn-Bendit
(Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher)
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban
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Alain de Benoist
(Journalist)
Alain de Benoist
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Birthdate: December 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France
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Carine Roitfeld
(Fashion editor)
Carine Roitfeld
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Birthdate: September 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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George du Maurier
(Writer, Illustrator)
George du Maurier
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Birthdate: March 6, 1834
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 6, 1896
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Jean-Pierre Thiollet
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
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Alain Chabat
(French Actor, Director, Producer, Comedian, Screenwriter, and Television Presenter)
Alain Chabat
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Birthdate: November 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

Alain Chabat is a French actor, director, producer, comedian, screenwriter, and television presenter. He came into prominence in 1987, when he formed the comedy group, Les Nuls. Alain Chabat's popularity increased in 1997, when he wrote and directed a comedy film titled Didier in which he played the title role. The film won him the César Award for Best Debut.

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Louis Aragon
(Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature)
Louis Aragon
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Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982
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Camille Desmoulins
(Journalist, Politician, Lawyer)
Camille Desmoulins
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Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794
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Antoine de Caunes
(Television presenter)
Antoine de Caunes
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Birthdate: December 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Tabatha Cash
(Adult film actor)
Tabatha Cash
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Birthdate: December 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, France
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Victor Noir
(Journalist)
Victor Noir
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Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny, France
Died: January 11, 1870
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Jenny Longuet
(Journalist)
Jenny Longuet
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Birthdate: May 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, Kingdom of France
Died: January 11, 1883
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Charb
(Caricaturist)
Charb
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Died: January 7, 2015
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Honoré Daumier
(French Painter and Sculptor Known for His Cartoons and Drawings Satirizing 19th-Century French Politics and Society)
Honoré Daumier
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Birthdate: February 26, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: February 10, 1879

Honoré Daumier is best remembered for his satirical cartoons on the French society and politics. Born to a glazier father in Marseille, he later began studying art under Alexandre Lenoir and developed a love for sculptures, too. He later made a fortune, working on commissions of lithographs.

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Mélissa Theuriau
(Journalist and news anchor for M6)
Mélissa Theuriau
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Échirolles, France
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Shy'm
(Singer)
Shy'm
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Birthdate: November 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trappes
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François-Noël Babeuf
(Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician)
François-Noël Babeuf
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Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27, 1797
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Maurice Blanchot
(Former writer, philosopher, and literary theorist)
Maurice Blanchot
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Birthdate: September 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Devrouze, Saône-et-Loire, France
Died: February 20, 2003
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Marie Drucker
(Journalist)
Marie Drucker
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Birthdate: December 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France