Top 10 Greatest French Persons

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The Top Ten

1 Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. V 1 Comment
2 René Descartes René Descartes

Notable ideas:
Cogito ergo sum, method of doubt, method of normals, Cartesian coordinate system, Cartesian dualism, ontological argument for the existence of God, mathesis universalis; folium of Descartes. - Metal_Treasure

3 Jeanne d'Arc Jeanne d'Arc Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans", is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. ...read more.

Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc in English) depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript. - Metal_Treasure

4 Pierre Curie Pierre Curie Pierre Curie was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity.

A physicist, pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. - Metal_Treasure

His wife, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, isn't eligible because she was born in Poland (she was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist). - Metal_Treasure

5 Napoléon Bonaparte Napoléon Bonaparte Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.
6 Frédéric Joliot-Curie Frédéric Joliot-Curie

Awards - Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1935). - Metal_Treasure

7 Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac

One of the greatest novelists of all time. - Metal_Treasure

8 Gustave Eiffel Gustave Eiffel

A civil engineer and architect, best known for:
1) the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition
2) his contribution to building the Statue of Liberty in New York
3) various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct
4) important contributions in the fields of meteorology and aerodynamics - Metal_Treasure

9 Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.

Poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. - Metal_Treasure

10 Voltaire Voltaire François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Georges Bizet Georges Bizet Georges Bizet, registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era.
12 Édith Piaf Édith Piaf Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress who became widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.

Songs: Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets), La Vie en Rose, Hymne a L'amour, Milord, Rien de Rien - Metal_Treasure

13 Jules Verne Jules Verne Jules Gabriel Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

A novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. He's one of the fathers of science fiction, a title also given to H. G. Wells and Hugo Gernsback.

Verne is the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. - Metal_Treasure

14 Auguste Renoir Auguste Renoir

"He was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau." (Wiki) - Metal_Treasure

15 Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal
16 Charles de Gaulle Charles de Gaulle Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th ...read more.
17 Nostradamus Nostradamus Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become widely famous.
18 Claude Monet Claude Monet Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

He was a founder of French Impressionist painting. Even the term "Impressionism" was derived from the title of his painting "Impression, Sunrise" (Impression, soleil levant).
The image is his self-portrait. - Metal_Treasure

19 Alain Delon Alain Delon Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman, with French-Swiss dual citizenship since 1999. Delon became one of Europe's most prominent actors and screen sex symbols in the 1960s.
20 Gerard Depardieu Gerard Depardieu
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