French politics has evolved over the course of time and the geographical and socio-economic characteristics of the nation have played an important part in it. Politics in the country has always been an embodiment of their heritage, ideology and culture; reflecting in the distinctive combination of parliamentary and presidential systems. France has produced some of the famous political leaders, be it in the past or in current times. Their politics is a perfect example of the oxymoron: ‘constantly changing’—globalization and the various political institutions playing a significant role in the changes that take place. Famous French political leaders like Maximilien Robespierre, Jean Monnet and others, exhibited strong nationalist emotions and intellectuality along with determination to safeguard the French culture. These leaders are remembered to this day for either the causes they have fought for or the idiosyncrasies or governing methods they have adopted and also for the changes they have successfully brought about. Whatever the reason may be, these famous leaders have dramatically molded the way French politics has worked all along. We present to you an extensive collection of biographies of some of the most famous French political leaders. Read on to know more about their life stories, timelines and some interesting facts & trivia related to them.

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896
British Politician
Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron
21 December 1977
Current President of France

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy
28 January 1955

François MitterrandFrançois Mitterrand
26 October 1916
Former President of France

Cardinal RichelieuCardinal Richelieu
09 September 1585
French Clergyman, Noble and Statesman
François HollandeFrançois Hollande
12 August 1954
President of France

Marine Le PenMarine Le Pen
05 August 1968
Political Leader

Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou
05 July 1911
Former Prime Minister & President of France
Léon BlumLéon Blum
09 April 1872
Former Prime Minister of France

Ségolène RoyalSégolène Royal
22 September 1953
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and
Aristide BriandAristide Briand
28 March 1862
Prime Minister

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

Vincent AuriolVincent Auriol
27 August 1884
Former President of France
Maximilien de RobespierreMaximilien de Robespierre
06 May 1758
Influential Figure of the French Revolution

Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman
Michel Jean-Pierre DebreMichel Debré
15 January 1912
149th Prime Minister of France

Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault
05 October 1899
French Politician

Raymond Octave Joseph BarreRaymond Barre
12 April 1924
Former Prime Minister of France
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin
02 February 1807
French Politician

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

Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau
28 September 1841
Former French Prime Minister

Maximilien RobespierreMaximilien Robespierre
06 May 1758
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist, Revolutionary

Christine LagardeChristine Lagarde
01 January 1956
Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician,
Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France
12 September 1494
Painter, Politician
Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Politician, Journalist, Physician, Physicist,

Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain

Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France
25 April 1214

Charles VI of FranceCharles VI of France
03 December 1368
Philip II of FrancePhilip II of France
21 August 1165

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James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933

Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of LeicesterSimon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester
1208 AD

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

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-PérigordCharles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
02 February 1754
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Jean-Marie Le PenJean-Marie Le Pen
20 June 1928
Politician, Trade unionist

Pierre LavalPierre Laval
28 June 1883
Politician, Lawyer
John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316

Jean-Baptiste ColbertJean-Baptiste Colbert
29 August 1619
Economist, Politician

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
01 December 1081
Ned LamontNed Lamont
02 January 1954
Political Leader

0222 AD
Simone VeilSimone Veil
13 July 1927
Politician, Judge

Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008

Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959

Robert SchumanRobert Schuman
29 June 1886

Anne of BrittanyAnne of Brittany
25 January 1477
Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767
Politician, Writer

Bernard TapieBernard Tapie
26 January 1943
Politician, Actor, Businessperson

Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier
18 June 1884
Manuel VallsManuel Valls
13 August 1962

James I of AragonJames I of Aragon
02 February 1208
Raymond PoincaréRaymond Poincaré
20 August 1860
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist

Ludwig I of BavariaLudwig I of Bavaria
25 August 1786

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,
Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers
15 April 1797
Lawyer, Politician, Journalist, Historian, Writer

Louis BarthouLouis Barthou
25 March 1862
Paul ReynaudPaul Reynaud
15 October 1878
Politician, Lawyer, Journalist

Daniel Cohn-BenditDaniel Cohn-Bendit
04 April 1945
Politician, Journalist, Television presenter,

Félix FaureFélix Faure
30 January 1841
Lionel JospinLionel Jospin
12 July 1937
Politician, University teacher

Louis V of FranceLouis V of France
0967 AD
Jean JaurèsJean Jaurès
03 September 1859
Political leader

Jacques DelorsJacques Delors
20 July 1925
Economist, Politician, Banker, Trade unionist

François FillonFrançois Fillon
04 March 1954
Politician, Lawyer, Legislative assistant

Henry VII, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VII, Holy Roman Emperor
1275 AD
Jean Maximilien LamarqueJean Maximilien Lamarque
22 July 1770
Politician, Officer, Military personnel
Flavius Valerius SeverusFlavius Valerius Severus
0250 AD

René CotyRené Coty
20 March 1882
Politician, Lawyer

Charles Albert of SardiniaCharles Albert of Sardinia
02 October 1798

Eduard LimonovEduard Limonov
22 February 1943
Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights
Joseph FouchéJoseph Fouché
21 May 1759

0380 AD

Jean-Yves Le DrianJean-Yves Le Drian
30 June 1947
Politician, Historian

Maurice PaponMaurice Papon
03 September 1910
Politician, Businessperson, Police officer

Lazare CarnotLazare Carnot
13 May 1753
Mathematician, Politician, Engineer, Officer,
Charles Lucien BonaparteCharles Lucien Bonaparte
24 May 1803
Biologist, Ornithologist, Zoologist, Ichthyologist

Pascal LamyPascal Lamy
08 April 1947
Economist, Politician
Marie François Sadi CarnotMarie François Sadi Carnot
11 August 1837
Politician, Civil engineer, Engineer

Jean-Claude TrichetJean-Claude Trichet
20 December 1942
Economist, Banker

Lothair of FranceLothair of France
0941 AD
André BettencourtAndré Bettencourt
21 April 1919
Politician, Diplomat

Philippe de GaullePhilippe de Gaulle
28 December 1921
Politician, Military personnel
Rachida DatiRachida Dati
27 November 1965

Laurent FabiusLaurent Fabius
20 August 1946
Politician, Diplomat

Joseph DarnandJoseph Darnand
19 March 1897

Seán MacBrideSeán MacBride
26 January 1904
diplomat, politician, lawyer, journalist
Gaspard II de ColignyGaspard II de Coligny
16 February 1517

Hugh Capet of FranceHugh Capet of France
0940 AD
Rudolph of FranceRudolph of France
0890 AD

Yvonne de GaulleYvonne de Gaulle
22 May 1900
Léon GambettaLéon Gambetta
02 April 1838
Politician, Lawyer

Paul LafarguePaul Lafargue
15 June 1842
journalist, politician, economist, essayist
François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,