Famous French Media Personalities

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 1 Albert Camus

Albert Camus
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Famous As: Philosopher & Novelist
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.

 2 Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Famous As: Novelist, Aviator & Journalist
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.

 3 Colette

Colette
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France
Died: August 3, 1954

Colette was a French author who received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. She is remembered for her novella Gigi, which inspired the 1958 movie and the 1973 musical of the same name. Her life and work have inspired several films, including the 2018 biographical drama film Colette, where Keira Knightley played the title role.

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 4 Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 16, 2020

Christopher Tolkien was a French and English academic editor. The son of legendary author J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher edited much of his father's work, which was published after his father's demise. Christopher Tolkien is also credited with drawing the original maps in, The Lord of the Rings, one of his father's highly acclaimed novels.

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 5 Ève Curie

Ève Curie
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 6 Nancy Wake

Nancy Wake
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: August 7, 2011

Initially a journalist, Nancy Wake earned the nickname The White Mouse for her skilful spying on Germans. Working under the alias Helene for the SOE, the stiletto-wearing socialite earned respect for her 500 km bicycle ride to report a situation to London, while being chased by the Nazis.

 7 Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denguin, France
Died: January 23, 2002

Renowned sociologist and intellectual Pierre Bourdieu is best remembered for his theory of habitus. Initially sent to Algeria as part of the French Army, he later taught and conducted ethnographic research there. His best-known work remains La Distinction, and he also inspired a hit French documentary.

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 8 Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze
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Famous As: Most popular for his works with Felix Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus from 1972 and A Thousand Plateaus from 1980
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.

 9 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 10 Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 11 Jean Giraud

Jean Giraud
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012

 12 Liz Bonnin

Liz Bonnin
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Famous As: Presented morning show RI:SE and music show Top of the Pops in the early 2000s
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 13 Solenn Heussaff

Solenn Heussaff
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Famous As: Video Jockey
Birthdate: July 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Makati City, Philippines

Filipina-French celebrity Solenn Heussaff dons many hats, and is an actor, a designer, a singer, and a make-up artist at the same time. Known for her appearances in films such as Temptation Island and series such as Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown, she is also an animal lover and owns two tortoises.

 14 Mireille Mathieu

Mireille Mathieu
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 15 Veronique Passani

Veronique Passani
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Birthdate: February 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 17, 2012

 16 Albert Uderzo

Albert Uderzo
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Famous As: Comic book artist
Birthdate: April 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fismes, France
Died: March 24, 2020

 17 Éric Zemmour

Éric Zemmour
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: August 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreuil, France

French far-right politician Éric Zemmour gained fame on the show Face à l'Info. He has also been a prominent political journalist for publications such as Le Quotidien de Paris and Le Figaro. The founder-leader of Reconquête, he was grabbed by the neck by an unknown man at his first campaign rally.

 18 Afida Turner

Afida Turner
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France

 19 John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 20 Anatole France

Anatole France
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 21 Mariane Pearl

Mariane Pearl
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 22 René Goscinny

René Goscinny
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Famous As: Cartoonist who created the Astérix comic book series
Birthdate: August 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, French Third Republic France
Died: November 5, 1977

 23 Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras
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Famous As: Former novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker
Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vietnam
Died: March 3, 1996

 24 Paul Reynaud

Paul Reynaud
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelonnette
Died: September 21, 1966

 25 Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1927

 26 Jean Jaurès

Jean Jaurès
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Famous As: Former Member of the Chamber of Deputies of France
Birthdate: September 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castres, France
Died: July 31, 1914

 27 Valérie Trierweiler

Valérie Trierweiler
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angers, France

 28 Céline Tran

Céline Tran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 29 Louise Bourgoin

Louise Bourgoin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rennes, France

 30 Chris Marker

Chris Marker
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Famous As: Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet
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.

 31 Robbie Ross

Robbie Ross
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918

 32 Georges Sorel

Georges Sorel
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: November 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France
Died: August 29, 1922

Georges Sorel was a French political theorist, social thinker, journalist, and historian. He is credited with inspiring Sorelianism, a support system for his ideologies. Georges Sorel is also credited with inspiring several socialists, Fascists, Marxists, and anarchists. In 1891, Georges Sorel was honored with the prestigious Légion d'honneur.

 33 Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit
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Famous As: Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor
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.

 34 Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann
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Famous As: French filmmaker known for the Holocaust documentary film Shoah (1985)
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bois-Colombes, France
Died: July 5, 2018

 35 Adolphe Thiers

Adolphe Thiers
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bouc-Bel-Air, France
Died: September 3, 1877

Adolphe Thiers was a French historian and statesman who served as the French Third Republic's first President. He also served as the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of France in 1840. Apart from playing a major role in the French Revolution of 1830, which ended the Bourbon monarchy, Thiers also played a key role in the French Revolution of 1848.

 36 Anne Sinclair

Anne Sinclair
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: July 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 37 Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher
Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban

 38 Jean-Dominique Bauby

Jean-Dominique Bauby
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 9, 1997

 39 Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: January 24, 1732
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1799

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French polymath who had worked as a watchmaker, playwright, musician, financier, and diplomat. He was also an inventor and revolutionary. He was much respected in French society and held influence in the court of King Louis XV. He supported American independence and actively participated in the early stages of the 1789 French Revolution. 

 40 Alain de Benoist

Alain de Benoist
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France

 41 Jean-Pierre Thiollet

Jean-Pierre Thiollet
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France

 42 George du Maurier

George du Maurier
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Famous As: Writer, Illustrator
Birthdate: March 6, 1834
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 6, 1896

 43 Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld
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Famous As: Fashion editor
Birthdate: September 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 44 Alain Chabat

Alain Chabat
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 45 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
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Famous As: Former surrealist writer, co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982

 46 Louise Michel

Louise Michel
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 29, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vroncourt-la-Côte, France
Died: January 9, 1905

A significant figure of the Paris Commune, Louise Michel was born as an illegitimate child of a maid. She had initially been trained to be a teacher but later began developing an interest in revolutionary socialist ideas. She was also once sent behind bars for inciting riots.

 47 Antoine de Caunes

Antoine de Caunes
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: December 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 48 Camille Desmoulins

Camille Desmoulins
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794

 49 Victor Noir

Victor Noir
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny, France
Died: January 11, 1870

 50 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 14, 1739
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 7, 1817

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours was a French-American writer and economist. An ambitious man, he served as French inspector general of commerce under Louis XVI. He moved to America during the French Revolution and was later elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont founded E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.