France has had a strong history and a glorious past when it comes to traditions, culture and heritage. While the country today boasts of having an unfaltering air of luxury and cinematography, things hadn’t been the same as always. The country rose to power during the rule of Louis XIV. Throughout its long history, it has exerted strong influence, culturally, economically and politically. What has stood in its favour and helped the Alpine country become a great power today has been its military. The fifth largest military spender in the world, it has been home to major military industries and has one of the largest aerospace industries of the world. And adding to the fame and glory of French military were its leaders - courageous, resilient, valiant and heroic. Unless you have been living under the rock, names like Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Marquis de Lafayette, William the Conqueror and Louis IX of France wouldn’t be unheard of. While Napoleon is till date regarded as the greatest military commander of all times, Louis IX of France was the most powerful European ruler of his time. Marquis de Lafayette’s contribution before and after the French Revolution was ground-breaking for it was he who helped shape France’s political structure. Check out information on famous French military leaders.
Joan of ArcJoan of Arc
1412 AD
Heroine of France
Charles de GaulleCharles de Gaulle
22 November 1890
Former President of France

Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Charles MartelCharles Martel
0686 AD
Military Leader

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French

Joachim MuratJoachim Murat
25 March 1767
Marshal of France
Marquis de LafayetteMarquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
French Aristocrat and Military Leader

Charles I, Duke of BrittanyCharles I, Duke of Brittany
1319 AD
Medieval Breton Leaders

Alfred DreyfusAlfred Dreyfus
09 October 1859
Military personnel

Võ Nguyên GiápVõ Nguyên Giáp
25 August 1911
Officer, Politician, Journalist
Prince Eugene of SavoyPrince Eugene of Savoy
18 October 1663
Officer

François DarlanFrançois Darlan
07 August 1881
Politician, Military personnel
Hugues de PayensHugues de Payens
1070 AD
knight

Gilad ShalitGilad Shalit
28 August 1986
Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment

Maxime WeygandMaxime Weygand
21 January 1867
Military personnel, Officer
Louis-Joseph de MontcalmLouis-Joseph de Montcalm
28 February 1712
Military personnel

Jean LannesJean Lannes
10 April 1769
Duc de Montebello
Maurice GamelinMaurice Gamelin
20 September 1872
military personnel

Jean-de-Dieu SoultJean-de-Dieu Soult
29 March 1769
Politician, Military personnel

André MassénaAndré Masséna
06 May 1758
French military commander
Louis-Nicolas DavoutLouis-Nicolas Davout
10 May 1770
General

Gilbert du Motier, marquis de LafayetteGilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette
06 September 1757
Military officer
Robert NivelleRobert Nivelle
15 October 1856
Military personnel

Raymond IV, Count of ToulouseRaymond IV, Count of Toulouse
1045 AD
 

Ante GotovinaAnte Gotovina
12 October 1955
General

Alphonse JuinAlphonse Juin
16 December 1888
Officer, Military personnel
Claude Joseph Rouget de LisleClaude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
10 May 1760
Composer, Poet, Writer, Playwright
MagnentiusMagnentius
0303 AD
commander

Raymond IV of ToulouseRaymond IV of Toulouse
1041 AD
 

Louis Alexandre BerthierLouis Alexandre Berthier
20 November 1753
Prince

Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of MagentaPatrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta
13 July 1808
 
Nicolas Jean de Dieu SoultNicolas Jean de Dieu Soult
29 March 1769
General

Józef Antoni PoniatowskiJózef Antoni Poniatowski
1763 AD
General

Gaspard de ColignyGaspard de Coligny
16 February 1519
French admiral

Étienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonaldÉtienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonald
17 November 1765
Military leader