Famous French Publishers

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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
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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. 

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
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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. 

Jacques Pierre Brissot
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Birthdate: January 15, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chartres, Orléanais, France
Died: October 31, 1793

Jacques Pierre Brissot was a French journalist and publisher. He was one of the most important members of the Girondins, who played a prominent role during the French Revolution. Brissot is also credited with founding the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, an abolitionist society, which aimed at abolishing the institution of slavery.

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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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Birthdate: April 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 26, 1879

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Francoise Mouly
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Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Alain Soral
(Essayist known for Holocaust denial)

Alain Soral
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Birthdate: October 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aix-les-Bains, France

Apart from being an essayist and a filmmaker, Alain Soral is also a far-right extremist, who has been in trouble for his antisemitic tendencies. Once imprisoned for racism and Holocaust denial, he also established his own political organization, Égalité & Réconciliation, with the help of far-right students’ unions.

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François Coty
(Perfumer)

François Coty
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Birthdate: May 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: July 25, 1934
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Claude Garamond
(Type designer)

Claude Garamond
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: 1561 AD

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Robert I Estienne
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Birthdate: 1503 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 7, 1559

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Jean-Paul Enthoven
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Birthdate: January 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mascara, Algeria

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Leo Taxil
(Journalist)

Leo Taxil
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Birthdate: March 21, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: March 31, 1907

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Jérôme Lindon
(Publisher)

Jérôme Lindon
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Birthdate: June 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 9, 2001

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Edmond de Goncourt
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Birthdate: May 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: July 16, 1896

Edmond de Goncourt was a French writer, book publisher, art critic, and literary critic. He is credited with founding the popular French literary organization, the Goncourt Literary Society. Between 1856 and 1875, he published essays on 18th-century art, which helped revive appreciation for the Late Baroque.

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Marcel Boussac
(Entrepreneur)

Marcel Boussac
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Birthdate: April 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Châteauroux, France
Died: March 21, 1980

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Albert Robida
(Illustrator)

Albert Robida
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Birthdate: May 14, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Compiègne, France
Died: October 11, 1926

Albert Robida was a French illustrator, lithographer, etcher, caricaturist, and novelist. The son of a carpenter, he initially trained to be a notary. However, he eventually chose to pursue a literary career. He wrote several futuristic novels and created over 500 illustrations for  Pierre Giffard's weekly serial La Guerre Infernale. He also published the La Caricature magazine. 

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Maurice Girodias
(Publisher)

Maurice Girodias
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Birthdate: April 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 3, 1990

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Christophe Plantin
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: July 1, 1589

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Étienne Dolet
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Birthdate: August 3, 1509
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orléans, France
Died: August 3, 1546

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Jean-Luc Lagardère
(Entrepreneur)

Jean-Luc Lagardère
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Birthdate: February 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aubiet, France
Died: March 14, 2003

Charles Forbes René de Montalembert
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Birthdate: April 15, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 13, 1870

Charles Forbes René de Montalembert was a French publicist and historian. He was the Count of Montalembert, Deux-Sèvres. Born into a prominent family, he was educated at the Collège Sainte-Barbe in Paris. He was a liberal and wished to see the Church free from the control of the state. He was an eloquent orator and a prolific writer. 

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Pierre Attaingnant
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Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1552 AD

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Henri II Estienne
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Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1598 AD

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Laure Adler
(Journalist)

Laure Adler
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Birthdate: March 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caen, France

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Émile de Girardin
(Journalist)

Émile de Girardin
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Birthdate: June 22, 1802
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 27, 1881

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Gaston Gallimard
(Publisher)

Gaston Gallimard
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Birthdate: January 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 25, 1975

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André Schiffrin
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Birthdate: June 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 1, 2013

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Jean Cayrol
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Birthdate: June 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: February 10, 2005

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Richard Pynson
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Birthdate: 1448 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: 1529 AD

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Simon de Colines
(Publisher)

Simon de Colines
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Gentilly, France
Died: 1546 AD

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Raoul Auger Feuillet
(Choreographer)

Raoul Auger Feuillet
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Birthdate: 1660 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: June 14, 1710

Raoul Auger Feuillet is remembered for introducing the Beauchamp–Feuillet notation of Baroque dance in his iconic work Chorégraphie. The dancer and choreographer is also known for his collaborative work with the Royal Academy of Dance conductor André Lorin and for his masterpiece Recueil de danses.

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Beatus Rhenanus
(Publisher)

Beatus Rhenanus
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Birthdate: August 22, 1485
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sélestat, France
Died: July 20, 1547

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Robert Hersant
(Political leader)

Robert Hersant
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Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vertou, France
Died: April 21, 1996

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Louis-Christophe-François Hachette
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Birthdate: May 5, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rethel, France
Died: July 31, 1864