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Famous French People
Can you name the famous French people?
Updated Oct 11, 2013
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Monarchs of France
Emperor who conquered much of Europe
The 'Maid of Orleans' who helped France win the 100 Years War
General who became President of France 1959-69
Designer of a tower for the Paris World Fair 1889
Inventor of a system of raised dots which form letters for the visually impaired to read
Chemist and microbiologist, creator of early vaccines, for rabies and anthrax
Author of 'Les Misérables' and 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame'
Leading Impressionist painter famous for 'Impression, Sunrise' and 'Water-lillies'
Sculptor of 'The Kiss' and 'The Thinker'
Author of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo'
Defended the 'Reign of Terror' with his speech 'On the Principles of Political Morality'; guillotined 1794
General who played a key role in the American Revolution and in two French revolutions
Philosopher famous for the Latin statement 'Cogito ergo sum' (I think, therefore I am)
Prolific artist 1834–1917 best known for his paintings of ballet dancers and racetracks
Leader of the French Resistance during WW2, killed 1943
Explorer who claimed Canada for France following three expeditions in the 1530s and 40s
Navigator, cartographer, soldier and explorer 1574-1635. Founder of New France and Quebec City in 1608
First man to fly the English Channel 1909
Diplomat responsible for the building of the Suez Canal
Brothers and inventors of the hot air balloon, first ascent 1783
Actor and mime most famous for his persona as Bip the Clown
Singer and entertainer best known for the song 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls' and the film 'The Love Parade'
Composer of 'The Carnival of the Animals' and 'Samson and Delilah'
Marshall, 'Prince de la Moskowa' and the 'Bravest of the Brave', executed for treason 1815
Mathematician, philosopher and writer 1623-1662, inventor of the mechanical calculator
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