Famous French people

Famous French people

Here is a list of some of the famous people of France.

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

He was a famous French painter whose work gave a name to the art movement Impressionism, which was concerned with capturing light and natural forms.

Louis Pasteur (1822- 1895)

A famous scientist who came up with the food preparing process known as pasteurization; he also developed a vaccination for anthrax and rabies.

Pierre and Marie Curie

Physicists, scientists, chemists who are famous for their radioactive studies. Marie is the only woman who won Nobel Prize twice and Pierre was one of founding fathers of modern physics.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

With her trademark suits and little black dresses, fashion designer Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today.

Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764)

While being an actress and the singer, she became the mistress of French King Louis XV in the mid-1700s. She greatly influenced French culture during this time, including decorative arts, architecture and statecraft.

Christian Louboutin

Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has developed an international following for his distinctive red-soled footwear.

Louis de Funes (1914-1983)

France’s Louis de Funès was a celebrated comedic actor of stage and film known for roles like Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez and La Grande Vadrouille.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Perhaps the greatest French author. Noted for his poetry and novels. His novels include Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831. Also became a leading republican.

Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923)

Civil engineer, and architect, who built the Eiffel Tower and many railway viaducts in the railway boom years.

Andre the Giant (1946-1993)

Andre the Giant was a professional wrestler with the WWF (now the WWE). He was 6′ 11″ tall and weighed 500 pounds. He also acted in the film The Princess Bride.

Edith Piaf (1915-1963)

She is also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was a French singer who became an icon of France during World War II.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot is a French dancer, model and actress who became an international icon in the 1950s and ’60s with films like And God Created Women and Contempt.

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