Sunday, September 1, 2013

French people

A selection of famous French people who made a lasting contribution to the world. See also: list of famous French people

gaulle  Charles de Gaulle. (1890 - 1970) Leader of the Free French during WWII. Helped maintain French pride after the abject surrender of the French army and the creation of Vichy France. Led France out of Algeria after a bloody conflict. Repaid his thanks to the British by saying Non to British membership of the EEC.
Joan of Arc. (1412-1431) A young peasant girl, Joan of Arc helped inspire the French to throw off the British occupation. Burnt at the stake by the Church for heresy.
writer Voltaire (1694 – 1778), was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit, satire, and defence of civil liberties. He sought to defend freedom of religious and political thought and played a major role in the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth century
Napoleon. (1769 – 1821) A French military and political leader. He safeguarded aspects of the French revolution by assuming control of France. He launched military campaigns across Europe making France the dominant power in Europe and helping to spread certain ideas of the French revolution, such as his Napoleonic code.
Marie Curie. (1867-1934) Great scientist who helped discover radiation. Helping to implement many X-ray machines during the first World War. Won the Nobel Prize for both Chemistry and Biology.

Abbe Pierre (1912 – 2007) French Catholic priest. He was a member of the resistance during WWII. After the work, he became involved in humanitarian charities - especially Emmaus which sought to help the homeless.
Coco-Chanel Coco Chanel. (1883-1971) One of the most innovative fashion designers, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the 20th Century. She was particularly influential in the 1920s, where she helped define new ideas about the clothes women could wear.

Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) Wife of King Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette is often held up as a symbol of Royal decadence and profligacy, which sparked the French revolution. Whether fair or not, she was executed in 1793 for treason and holding principles in opposition to the French revolution.
artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) - French impressionist painter. Monet was the leading impressionist of the Nineteenth / early Twentieth Century. His paintings, such as Waterlilies, were highly influential in the development of modern art.
artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) French post-impressionist painter. Famous paintings include The Card Players, Still life with a curtain.
artist August Renoir (1841–1919) French painter, one of the early pioneers of Impressionism. Also influenced by Italian renaissance. Famous works include Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, On the Terrace.

Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979) was a French statesman who played a key role in founding the Coal and Steel pact which helped improve relations between France and Germany. In 1955, Monnet founded the action committee for the United States of Europe. His successfully lobbying led to the creation of the EEC 'Common Market' in 1958.


1 comment:

ezopp said...

"Cheshire first married in 1941, to an American actress 21 years his younger, but the marriage didn’t last long and was childless"
Constance Binney, Cheshire's first wife was OLDER than he was, not younger!! He was only about 23-24 when he married her!