Top 10 Greatest French Persons

The Top Ten

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

Our milk is pasteur-ized and obviously it's named after him. - Metal_Treasure

2 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 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. 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 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 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

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

7 Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus. more.

One of the greatest novelists of all time. - Metal_Treasure

8 Victor Hugo Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. more.

I have to vote for him.
Was he a great poet? Yes.
Was he an incredibly talented writer? Yes.
Was he one of the most audacious politicians and one of the most profoundly humanitarian persons ever? Yes.
He got into trouble for speaking the truth about 19th century France; He was exiled. But he was right. His fight was worth it. I wish he could have seen France now and appreciate the progress. Rest In Peace. - JoLeKosovo

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

9 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

10 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 more.

The Contenders

11 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 more.

Tremendous writer, philosopher, and overall genius. - JoLeKosovo

12 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 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 Georges Bizet Georges Bizet, registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era.
15 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

16 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.
17 Coco Chanel Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer of women's clothes and founder of the Chanel brand.
18 Claude Debussy

The greatest composer to have ever lived.

19 Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions more.
20 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

21 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.
22 Gerard Depardieu
23 Michel Platini Michel François Platini is a football administrator, who served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, after which he was banned for 8 years following an ethics investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 21 December 2015, and formerly a French football more.

He's been the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 2007. He was a football (soccer) player and manager. - Metal_Treasure

24 Alain Prost

A four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion. As of 2015, only 2 drivers have surpassed his number of titles - Michael Schumacher (seven championships) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five championships). - Metal_Treasure

25 Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
26 Guy de Maupassant Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms. more.
27 Isabelle Adjani
28 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
29 Sarah Bernhardt
30 Jean Michel Jarre Jean-Michel André Jarre is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, and known for organising outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays and fireworks.

This guy performed the largest concert ever - 3,500,000 people (Moscow, Russia 1997). - Metal_Treasure

31 Hector Berlioz Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).
32 Maurice Ravel
33 Brigitte Bardot Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist.

Actress, singer, sex symbol and animal rights activist. - Metal_Treasure

34 Charles Aznavour Charles Aznavour (1924-2018) is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat.
35 Jean-Baptiste Lully Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France.

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Baroque composer, first significant composer of French opera. - Metal_Treasure

36 Jean Reno
37 Jean-Paul Belmondo
38 Louis de Funes Louis de Funès, born Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza, was a popular French actor of Spanish origin and one of the giants of French comedy alongside André Bourvil and Fernandel.
39 Paul Cézanne Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.
40 Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve (born 22 October 1943) is a French actress as well as an occasional singer, model and producer. She gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel, Francois Truffaut and Roman Polanski.
41 Mario Duplantier Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.
42 Joe Dassin
43 Rene Leriche
44 Marion Cotillard Marion Cotillard is a French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace who achieved international fame with the film La Vie en Rose.
45 André the Giant André René Roussimoff, known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. André He most famously feuded with Hulk Hogan, culminating at WrestleMania III, and his best-remembered film role was that of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride. His size was a result of gigantism more.
46 Herve Villanche
47 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

As much as I disagree with his theory of return to nature, he had one of the greatest ideas ever :
"To secure democracy, a people must have the right to publicly protest the actions of the government."
This man died before the revolution. If he had known... - JoLeKosovo

48 François Rabelais François Rabelais (between 1483 and 1494 – 9 April 1553) was a French Renaissance writer, humanist, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. more.

Not only did he write sme of the the greatest books of his centuries (Gargantua and Pantagruel), he also helped develop knowledge of anatomy and medicine. All that within a few kilometers of where I live. I often pass by the university where this great man helped us understand the human body. - JoLeKosovo

49 Emile Zola Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.

The Rougon-Macquart series in incredible because not only does he tell the story of a whole family and their descendence in fourteen books, but moreover he touches with extremely acute precision on all the pillars of nineteenth-century France AND develops his own philosophical theory of naturalism.
Genius. - JoLeKosovo

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