French Women Leaders

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 
Charlotte Corday
(Revolutionary)

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.

 2 
Marine Le Pen
(Member of the National Assembly for Pas-de-Calais's 11th constituency (Since 2017))

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 
Ségolène Royal
(Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (2014-17))

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.

 4 
Anne Hidalgo
(Politician)

Anne Hidalgo
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Birthdate: June 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Fernando, Spain

 5 
Christine Lagarde
(Politician)

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. 

 6 
Simone Veil
(Member of the Constitutional Council 1998 - 2007)

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
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 8 
Simone Segouin
(Military officer)

Simone Segouin
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Birthdate: October 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thivars, France

 9 
Íngrid Betancourt
(politician)

Íngrid Betancourt
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Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bogotá

 10 

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.

 11 

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen
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Birthdate: December 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

 12 
Audrey Azoulay
(Politician)

Audrey Azoulay
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Birthdate: August 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France

 13 
Louise Michel
(Journalist)

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.

 14 
Rachida Dati
(Politician)

Rachida Dati
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Birthdate: November 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Rémy, France

Yvonne de Gaulle
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Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calais
Died: November 8, 1979

 16 
Madame Roland
(Revolutionary)

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.

 17 
Valerie Pecresse
(Politician)

Valerie Pecresse
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Birthdate: July 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 18 
Marlene Schiappa
(Politician)

Marlene Schiappa
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Birthdate: November 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 
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

 20 
Bernadette Chirac
(Politician)

Bernadette Chirac
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Birthdate: May 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 21 
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

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.

 23 
Florence Parly
(Politician)

Florence Parly
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Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 24 
Christiane Taubira
(Politician)

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.

 25 
Inessa Armand
(Politician)

Inessa Armand
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Birthdate: May 8, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 24, 1920

 26 
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

 27 
Agnès Buzyn
(Politician)

Agnès Buzyn
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Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 28 
Édith Cresson
(Politician)

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.  

 29 
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 
Verónika Mendoza
(Politician)

Verónika Mendoza
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Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Peru

 31 
Rama Yade
(Politician)

Rama Yade
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Birthdate: December 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

 32 

Claudie Haigneré
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Le Creusot, France

 33 
Martine Aubry
(Politician)

Martine Aubry
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Birthdate: August 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 34 
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

 35 
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

 36 
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

 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 

Laura Flessel-Colovic
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Birthdate: November 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Petit-Bourg, France

 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.

 42 
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

 43 
Eva Joly
(Politician, Judge, Jurist)

Eva Joly
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Birthdate: December 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oslo

 44 
Nadine Morano
(politician)

Nadine Morano
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Birthdate: November 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nancy

 45 
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

 47 
Jeannette Bougrab
(Politician)

Jeannette Bougrab
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Birthdate: August 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Châteauroux, France

 48 
Barbara Pompili
(Politician)

Barbara Pompili
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Birthdate: June 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bois-Bernard, France

 49 
Michèle Rubirola
(Politician)

Michèle Rubirola
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Birthdate: July 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marseille, France

 50 
Roxana Mărăcineanu
(Minister of Sports of France)

Roxana Mărăcineanu
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Birthdate: May 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania