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Famous Frenchs

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

E - G

  • Gustave Eiffel architect, designer eiffel tower
  • Fernandel actor, singer
  • Gustave Flaubert realist author
  • Marie de France poet
  • Claude Francois singer
  • Pierre Fresnay actor
  • Louis de Funes actor
  • Jean Gabin actor
  • Serge Gainsbourg poet, singer, songwriter, actor
  • Tony Garnier architect
  • Roland Garros aviator, aircraft fighter pilot
  • Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin artist
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion designer
  • Leon Gaumont pioneer film inventor
  • Theodore Gericault artist, lithographer
  • Andre the Giant professional wrestler
  • Andre Gide author, noble prize winner
  • Gipsy Kings singers
  • Annie Girardot actress
  • Jean Giraudoux author
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman composer
  • Stephane Grappelli jazz musician
  • Eva Green actress
  • Julien Green author
  • Georges Guynemer aviator, fighter ace
H - J
  • Paul-Louis Halley supermarket tycoon
  • Johnny Hallyday actor, singer
  • Daniel Hechter inventor of ready-to-wear
  • Henri IV monarch
  • Pierre Henry composer
  • Thierry Henry footballer
  • Paul H Roult inventor
  • Auguste Himly historian
  • Bernard Hinault five-time tour de france winner
  • Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin magician
  • Victor Hugo novelist, poet and playwright
  • Maurice Jarre film music composer
  • Alain Jouffroy poet, art critic
  • Louis Jouvet actor, producer
K - L
  • Jean-Claude Killy olympic medalist, alpine skier
  • Lacoste apparel company
  • Jean Lafitte pirate
  • Yves Saint-Laurent fashion designer
  • Gerard LeBlond publisher
  • Jacques-Donatien LeRay shipping magnate and a "father of the american revolution"
  • Gaston Leroux journalist, author
  • Ferdinand de Lesseps developer suez canal, diplomat
  • Jacques de Liniers viceroy of rio de la plata
  • Louis-Philippe I last king to rule france
  • Louis XIV king of france (for 72 years)
M - N
  • Edouard Manet artist
  • Jean Marais actor
  • Marcel Marceau world's greatest mime
  • Sophie Marceau actress, model, singer
  • Charles Martel frankish ruler
  • Henri Matisse painter
  • Jean Mermoz aviator
  • Mistinguett actress, singer
  • Claude Monet painter
  • Michel de Montaigne philosopher, essayist
  • Yves Montand actor, singer
  • Montesquieu political philosopher
  • Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier inventors
  • Gustave Moreau painter
  • Jeanne Moreau actress
  • Edgar Morin philosopher, sociologist
  • Berthe Morisot impressionist painter
  • Gaby Morlay actress
  • Emmanuel Mounier philosopher
  • Gerard Mulliez entrepreneur
N - R
  • Nostradamus apothecary, seer, author
  • Louis Pasteur inventor, scientist
  • Charles Perrault mother goose tales
  • Armand Peugeot founder peugeot automobile
  • Gerard Philipe actor
  • Edith Piaf singer
  • Jean Piaget psychologist
  • Abbe Pierre humanitarian, founder of emmaus
  • Michel Francois Platini footballer
  • Clemence Poesy actress
  • Marcel Proust novelist, critic, essayist
  • Francois Rabelais renaissance writer
  • Raimu actor
  • Marcel Renault automobile manufacturer
  • Jean Reno actor
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir painter
  • Ceasar Ritz hotelier
  • Madeleine Robinson actress
  • Viviane Romance dancer, actress
  • Tino Rossi singer, actor
  • Edmond Rostand poet, dramatist
S - Z
  • George Sand author, feminist
  • Nicolas Sarkozy president
  • Jean-Paul Sartre philosopher, author
  • Eugene Schueller founder of l'oreal
  • Michel Simon actor (born in Switzerland)
  • Madeleine Sologne actress
  • Philippe Starck designer
  • Henri Troyat novelist
  • Francois Roland Truffaut screenwriter, director
  • Turgot economist
  • Roger Vadim actor, director, producer
  • Charles Vanel actor, director
  • Jules Verne author
  • Henri Verneuil playwright, filmmaker
  • Jean Vigo film-maker
  • Herve Jean-Pierre Villechaize actor
  • Voltaire philosopher, essayist
  • Louis Vuitton fashion designer
  • Zinedine Zidane retired football player
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Region Capital Quick Reference
Alsace Strasbourg Alsace
Aquitaine Bordeaux Aquitaine
Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Brittany Rennes Brittany
Burgundy Dijon Burgundy
Centre-Val de Loire Orleans Centre-Val de Loire
Champagne-Ardenne Chalons-en-Champagne Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Ajaccio Corsica
Franche-Comte Besancon Franche-Comte
Ile-de-France Paris Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Limoges Limousin
Lorraine Metz Lorraine
Lower Normandy Caen Lower Normandy
Midi-Pyrenees Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lille Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire
Picardy Amiens Picardy
Poitou-Charentes Poitiers Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur Marseille Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur
Rhone-Alpes Lyon Rhone-Alpes
Upper Normandy Rouen Upper Normandy

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