French Women Leaders

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Throughout history, there have been many French women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female leaders such as Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc, Bernadette Soubirous, Marine Le Pen, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen.
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 1 
Irène Joliot-Curie
(French Physicist, Politician and Winner of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Irène Joliot-Curie
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Birthdate: September 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1956

Marie Curie and Pierre Curie’s daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, herself a brilliant scientist, won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with her husband, Joliot-Curie, for discovering artificial radioactivity. She was also one of the first three female French government members. She tragically died of leukemia caused by exposure to radiation.

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Marine Le Pen
(French Lawyer and President of the National Rally Group in the National Assembly )
Marine Le Pen
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Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

French politician and lawyer Marine Le Pen, daughter of politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been the president of the National Rally since 2011. She is also serving as the member of the National Assembly for Pas-de-Calais's 11th constituency since 2017. She was previously a member of the European Parliament.

 3 
Charlotte Corday
(French Revolutionary Who Was Executed for the Assassination of Jacobin Leader Jean-Paul Marat)
Charlotte Corday
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Birthdate: July 27, 1768
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Écorches, Normandy, France
Died: July 17, 1793

Charlotte Corday was an important figure of the French Revolution. She is remembered for murdering Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, for which she was executed by guillotine. Her action changed the political position and role of women at the time. She was also considered a hero by those who opposed the teachings of Jean-Paul Marat.

 4 
Christine Lagarde
(French Politician and Economist Who is the First Woman to Head the IMF and the European Central Bank)
Christine Lagarde
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Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Christine Lagarde is a French politician, businessperson, and lawyer. She is the current president of the European Central Bank (ECB), a position she has been holding since 1 November 2019. Prior to this, she was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first woman to head both the ECB and the IMF. 

 5 
Ségolène Royal
(Former French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (2014 - 2017))
Ségolène Royal
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Birthdate: September 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

Born to a French colonel in Senegal, Ségolène Royal had met former French president François Hollande, her future husband, while studying economics at the Paris-based École Nationale d’Administration. The mother of four has also been a Socialist Party presidential candidate and the French minister of ecology.

 6 
Anne Hidalgo
(Politician)
Anne Hidalgo
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Birthdate: June 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Fernando, Spain
 7 
Simone Veil
(The First Woman to Become the President of the European Parliament)
Simone Veil
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Birthdate: July 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 30, 2017

A Holocaust survivor, Simone Veil had lost her father, mother, and brother to Nazi concentration camps. She grew up to be a magistrate and became the first woman president of the European Parliament. She had also been an able health minister and rallied for abortion rights of French women.

Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Count of Anjou
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Birthdate: August 24, 1113
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Mans, France
Died: September 7, 1151
 9 
Simone Segouin
(Military officer)
Simone Segouin
4
Birthdate: October 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thivars, France
 10 
Íngrid Betancourt
(politician)
Íngrid Betancourt
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Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bogotá
 11 
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
(Former French Jurist and Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research (2014 - 2017))
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
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Birthdate: October 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rif, Bni Chiker, Nador province, Morocco

Born in her grandmother’s farm in Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem migrated to France around the age of five. A graduate of Institut d'études politiques de Paris, she joined the Socialist Party (PS) at twenty-five, eventually becoming the first French woman to serve as Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research. Currently, she serves as Director of the One Campaign in France.

 12 
Ma Prem Hasya
(Served as his personal secretary (or chief of staff) after Ma Anand Sheela)
Ma Prem Hasya
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Birthdate: April 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 19, 2014
 13 
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen
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Birthdate: December 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
 14 
Audrey Azoulay
(Politician)
Audrey Azoulay
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Birthdate: August 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
Yvonne de Gaulle
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Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calais
Died: November 8, 1979
 16 
Louise Michel
(French Anarchist Who Fervently Preached Revolutionary Socialist Themes)
Louise Michel
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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.

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Rachida Dati
(Politician)
Rachida Dati
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Birthdate: November 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Rémy, France
 18 
Valerie Pecresse
(Politician)
Valerie Pecresse
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Birthdate: July 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
 19 
Madame Roland
(French Revolutionary, Salonnière and Writer)
Madame Roland
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Birthdate: March 17, 1754
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 8, 1793

The wife of Jean-Marie Roland, Madame Roland was a leading French revolutionary and often hosted significant political meets at her salon. She often directed her husband’s political actions and was responsible for creating a rift between the Jacobin and Girondin factions. She was later arrested and guillotined.

 20 
Marlene Schiappa
(Politician)
Marlene Schiappa
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Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
 21 
Bernadette Chirac
(Politician)
Bernadette Chirac
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Birthdate: May 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
 22 
Hortense Mancini
(Chief minister of France)
Hortense Mancini
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Birthdate: June 6, 1646
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Papal States
Died: July 2, 1699
 23 
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
(Former Member of the National Assembly of France)
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
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Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is a French engineer, advocate, and public figure. A former politician, Kosciusko-Morizet was a member of parliament and also served as the mayor of Longjumeau. In 2012, she also served as Nicolas Sarkozy's spokesperson during the latter's presidential reelection campaign.

 24 
Florence Parly
(Politician)
Florence Parly
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Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
 25 
Christiane Taubira
(Former French Minister of Justice (2012 - 2016))
Christiane Taubira
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Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cayenne, French Guiana

French left-wing politician Christiane Taubira has been the French minister of justice. A French Guianese by birth, she co-established the Caricoop Agricultural Association. The author of Slavery Explained to My Daughter, she lent her name to a law that prohibited Atlantic slave trade. She also legalized same-sex marriages in France.

 26 
Inessa Armand
(Politician)
Inessa Armand
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Birthdate: May 8, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 24, 1920
 27 
Danielle Mitterrand
(François Mitterrand's wife)
Danielle Mitterrand
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Birthdate: October 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Verdun, Meuse, France
Died: November 22, 2011
 28 
Édith Cresson
(Former Prime Minister of France (1991 - 1992))
Édith Cresson
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Birthdate: January 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Édith Cresson is a French politician who served as the prime minister of France from 1991 to 1992. She is the first, and so far the only woman to have held this office. Her term was uneventful and her political career ended in scandal. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders as well.  

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Helene Rytmann
(Louis Althusser's Wife)
Helene Rytmann
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Birthdate: October 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 16, 1980

Helene Rytmann was a French sociologist and revolutionary who played an important role in the French Resistance. Widely regarded as a historically important Jewish woman, Helene Rytmann was murdered by her husband Louis Althusser. The case was never properly investigated and the scandal of Rytmann's murder inspired the 2002 novel Shroud which was written by Irish novelist William John Banville.

 30 
Agnès Buzyn
(Politician)
Agnès Buzyn
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Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
 31 
Verónika Mendoza
(Peruvian-French Politician, Educator, and Psychologist)
Verónika Mendoza
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Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Peru

Verónika Mendoza is a Peruvian-French politician, educator, and psychologist. She is currently serving as the president of a left-wing political party called New Peru, which she founded in 2017. Verónika Mendoza is also known for her association with the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano de Puno, where she worked as a professor before commencing her political career.

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Rama Yade
(Senegalese-Born French Politician, Feminist, and Author)
Rama Yade
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Birthdate: December 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

Born in Senegal, French politician and author Rama Yade started her career as a top-level civil servant with the French Senate. The UMP member has led France as its Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights and for Sports. She has also represented France at the UNESCO.

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Anne de Pisseleu, duchess d'Étampes
(French political figure)
Anne de Pisseleu, duchess d'Étampes
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Birthdate: 1508 AD
Birthplace: Fontaine-Lavaganne, France
Died: 1580 AD
 34 
Martine Aubry
(Politician)
Martine Aubry
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Birthdate: August 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
 35 
Claudie Haigneré
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Le Creusot, France
 36 
Priscillia Ludosky
(One of the founders of the yellow vest movement)
Priscillia Ludosky
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Birthdate: November 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown
 37 
Aurelie Filippetti
(Politician)
Aurelie Filippetti
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Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villerupt, France
 38 
Roselyne Bachelot
(Politician)
Roselyne Bachelot
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Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevers, France
 39 
Jacline Mouraud
(Politician)
Jacline Mouraud
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Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guérande, France
 40 
Marie-Madeleine Fourcade
(Political Leader)
Marie-Madeleine Fourcade
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Birthdate: August 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: July 20, 1989
 41 
Madeleine Pauliac
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Birthdate: September 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France
Died: February 13, 1946
Part of the French Resistance movement, Madeleine Pauliac was also a doctor. She is best known for her relentless service in Poland and the Soviet Union, and her efforts in helping the French wounded in World War II. Anne Fontaine's 2016 film Les innocents portrayed her heroics during her Polish mission.
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Laura Flessel-Colovic
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Birthdate: November 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Petit-Bourg, France
 43 
Eva Joly
(Norwegian-born French Magistrate and Politician)
Eva Joly
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Birthdate: December 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo

Eva Joly is a Norwegian-born French magistrate and politician. An important member of Europe Écologie–The Greens, Joly represented the party as a presidency candidate of France in 2012. A popular politician, Eva Joly has also received prestigious awards such as the Peer Gynt Prize and the Sophie Prize.

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Elisabeth Moreno
(Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities)
Elisabeth Moreno
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Birthdate: September 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tarrafal, Cape Verde
 45 
Nadine Morano
(politician)
Nadine Morano
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Birthdate: November 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nancy
 46 
Frédérique Vidal
(Biochemist, Politician)
Frédérique Vidal
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Birthdate: May 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monaco
Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier
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Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11, 1996
 48 
Jeannette Bougrab
(Politician)
Jeannette Bougrab
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Birthdate: August 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Châteauroux, France
 49 
Barbara Pompili
(Politician)
Barbara Pompili
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Birthdate: June 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bois-Bernard, France
 50 
Michèle Rubirola
(Politician)
Michèle Rubirola
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Birthdate: July 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marseille, France