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Famous French People by Picture

Can you name these famous French people from history and the present?
One of these people was born in Poland. Deal with it.
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First submittedNovember 22, 2019
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1769–1821
1977–
1934–
1412–1431
1972–
1948–
1946–1993
1890–1970
1967–
1802–1885
1975–
1915–1963
1932–2019
1948–
1694–1778
2004–
1802–1870
1910–1997
(musical group)
1867–1934
87 Comments
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Level 59
Nov 24, 2019
As a french, all were easy except andré the giant which i never heard of...

I'm astonished that 78% found him atm (while Hugo is at 41...).Strange differences of culture

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Level 93
Nov 24, 2019
He was in The Princess Bride and is hard to forget.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2020
He was in the American movie The Princess Bride, therefore all French people should know him. Hmmmm...
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Level 86
Jan 8, 2022
If Americans can be expected to know Hugo's novels and Piaf's music, the French can be expected to know a couple of especially famous American movies. What's the point of taking quizzes if you're satisfied knowing nothing outside of your immediate sphere?
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Level 82
Apr 22, 2024
Ok fine, but the point being that he's going to be far more well-known to Americans than to French people. Because most of his success came in particularly American forms of entertainment (US movies, US wrestling, etc.).

It's as if there was a US-born actor who moved to France, only starred in French movies or stage productions, and didn't do any (or much) acting in Hollywood. If they were to appear on a "Famous American people" quiz, it wouldn't be surprising if they were, some margin, the least-guessed person on the quiz, and there were a bunch of responses along the lines of, "Huh. I've never heard of that person before."

(Also: I'm not convinced the Princess Bride is an "especially famous" movie. Yes, it's extremely beloved among its fans -- of which I am one! -- but it doesn't have that wide a fanbase, and references to it are often among the least-guessed when they appear in JetPunk quizzes.)

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Level 69
Jun 5, 2024
I have no issue with Andre the Giant being included in this quiz, but, come on, to compare him to an actual giant of world literature like Victor Hugo is ridiculous.
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Level 59
Jun 5, 2024
Im not a fan of wrestling but yeah Andre the Giant was a well known wrestler who as his name suggests was a huge human being and was beloved by his fans
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2024
He shoulda been cast in Hamlet
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2024
Yes. He'd make a good Ophelia.

I only knew his name because Mike Florio said that he'd met someone called that in an airport once.

Never heard of the younger looking Victor. I guess he plays an american sport and is therefore more well known to some than Philippe Sella, J-P Rives, Alain Prost or anybody that won the tour de france..........

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Level 82
Apr 14, 2020
I've read Hugo, enjoyed cartoons and Broadway musicals and movies based on his works, but can't recall ever seeing a picture of him. Andre on the other hand is hard to forget.
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Level 64
Apr 14, 2020
I m french, too. And, the same thing. Never heard André the giant..... The others, tt's so easy !!!
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Level 32
Apr 22, 2024
regarde squeezie mdr j'le connais grâce a lui. c'était un catcheur
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2020
Same for me. I'm French and heard of André the Giant for the first time thanks to Jetpunk!
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Level 26
Jun 19, 2020
Yes I was surprised by the now 27% score of Victor Hugo. Yet I'm not quite surprised with André the Giant score, wrestling is a very popular sports in the US and he represented back in the 80s along with Hulk Hogan the face of wrestling.
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Level 77
Nov 24, 2019
Again. "That bad-ass guy from Leon". Nope, didn't work.
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Level 89
Nov 24, 2019
Gérard Depardieu is looking good.
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Level 83
Nov 25, 2019
Took 20 attempts to find an acceptable spelling. :-)
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2020
I first saw him in Green Card and thought he was one of the sexiest actors I'd ever seen. Last movie I saw him in was Life of Pi. He's changed a bit since his Green Card days, but I still love his acting.
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Level 86
Jan 8, 2022
Green Card is the only English-language performance of Depardieu's that I like. I think he's wonderful in his native French and my favorite performance of his is Jean de Florette. But, most of the time, he feels (to me) like a caricature of himself whenever he performs in English.
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Level 83
Apr 26, 2024
he's also a horrific rapist isn't he?
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Level 36
May 3, 2024
Totally
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Level 60
Nov 25, 2019
There are many, many more French people that are famous! And many more that I would have recognized !
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Level 78
Jan 8, 2020
Yes, I was expecting Sebastien Chabal.
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Level 76
Nov 26, 2019
Marie Curie was Polish. French citizen, but still Polish.
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Level 78
Nov 26, 2019
Deal with it.
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Level 46
Apr 14, 2020
Yeah I agree, she always considered herself Polish instead of French as well.
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Level 61
Apr 14, 2020
French citizen = French.
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Level 68
Mar 24, 2024
Not at all.

In a similar quiz, Columbus is considered an Italian because that's where he's born. Tesla isn't considered 'murican either.

Marie Curie was polish.

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Level 83
Apr 26, 2024
Columbus lived in a time when citizenship and nationality were considerably more fluid, if not non-existent.
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Level 88
Apr 27, 2024
Columbus was Genoese
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2024
FFS, people, deal with the fact that some people have multiple identities. It would be just as wrong to say she wasn't French, as to say she wasn't Polish.
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2024
dunkinggandalf2 Than explain to me, why only original nationality (not citizenship) of many people is considered as the main, only one? You can call Marie Russian as well. Einstein is considered German Jewish, not Swiss or American. Tesla, Fermi, the list goes on. It is because they preferred this way. Why we couldn't agree with Marie Sklodowska-Curie?
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2024
I don't know, man. She moved to France, studied in France, published in France, got French citizenship, married a French guy, had French children, got famous in France... why can't you accept that those were all her decisions? Nobody can argue she wasn't Polish, but she was also French. I don't really care if that doesn't sit well with a few narrow-minded nationalists.
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Level 37
Jun 4, 2024
Literally nothing makes her of a French descent. A citizenship doesn't change anything, it's like you were born in Texas, got a Russian passport and told everyone you're Russian. That doesn't make sense: she was born Polish, she considered herself Polish, she just married a Frenchman. For example, King George VIII married Wallis Simpson - "oh, yeah, we know he's British, but let's say he's American". Don't be ridiculous.
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2024
Did anyone anywhere argue she was of French descent? Of course a citizenship changes things, and sometimes, people have more than one. How is this difficult to undestand?
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Level 16
Jun 5, 2024
nationality =/= citizenship
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2024
right, so she's french too? what's the point of the comment
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Level 67
Jun 6, 2024
Churchill went on holiday to France, so why is he not considered French?
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Level 81
Nov 26, 2019
Thank you for including Edith Piaf!
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Level 85
Nov 26, 2019
AND the woman who won an Oscar (and many other awards) for playing her - Marion Cotillard!
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Level 66
Apr 22, 2024
I wonder if she regrets playing her?
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2024
Why would she?
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Level 47
Jun 4, 2024
Whoosh!
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Level 82
Apr 14, 2020
I keep trying to spell "Chirac" as "Chiraq"
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Level 77
Apr 21, 2024
If he was a cross between a chimera and Iraq, you'd probably be right.
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Level 60
Apr 22, 2024
A cross ? You mean a chimera ;)
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Level 37
Apr 14, 2020
Alain Delon... Catherine Deneuve... Rene Descartes... Emile Zola... Nicholas Sarkozy...Alexander Dumas for example.
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Level 71
Apr 14, 2020
Marie Curie-Skłodowska od from Poland. Beacuse of people like you people would think that she was French. These quizes should teach people new Interesting facts, not falsify history.
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Level 77
Apr 14, 2020
If the quiz had been "Famous People Born in France," then yes, that would be wrong. But she was a naturalized French citizen and lived two-thirds of her life in France. That counts as "French" to me. Unless being a French citizen does not count as being French, for some reason?
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Level 56
Jun 5, 2024
People tend to forget stuff. During her times French people didn't see her as French, rather foreigner (or even they called her a stray!) who destroys families (affair with Paul Langevin) and French identity. Only after some time they saw her as a reason to be proud and finally even buried her in Pantheon after her death. There is no good argument to include her as famous French person...
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2024
No good argument, other than she studied in France, published in France, became a professor in France, applied for and was granted French citizenship, got famous in France, conducted ground-breaking research in France, married a French guy, had French children, died in France, is buried in the French Pantheon... but other than that, sure, no reason!
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Level 61
Apr 14, 2020
Oh no! People will think that a French person is French!!
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Level 82
Apr 14, 2020
because of people like you
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
Yo don’t have to be born in France to have French citizenship
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2024
Obviously, the right answer is that she was both Polish and French, and can therefore rightly feature in quizzes about both countries. Therefore, this debate is non-sensical. However, if you insist on having it, we could point out that she was born in Poland, but worked and won two Nobel prizes in France. Which one of those is the greatest achievement?
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2024
how is this falsifying history?? she was polish AND french, you can have multiple nationalities
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Level 35
Apr 14, 2020
Marie Curie was polish and Napoleon is not sure that was french
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
Marie Curie had French citizenship
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Level 54
Apr 16, 2020
I'm French and I know all of them, exept André the Giant...
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Level 26
Jun 19, 2020
Too bad there aren't any real challenge for a French. It's too easy.
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2021
Thanks for using a photo of David Guetta that showed headphones around his neck otherwise I would never have got him
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2024
I kept thinking "Isn't Tim Roth from England?"
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Level 86
Jan 8, 2022
I love that the photo of Marion Cotillard is RIGHT NEXT TO the photo of Edith Piaf. If you know, you know.
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Level 85
Apr 21, 2024
Great movie, though a bit depressing!
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Level 80
Jan 9, 2022
I was thinking "Man, so many of these famous people are french, what's the deal with this 'Famous people by picture' quiz"

And then I re-read the title.

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Level 75
Mar 3, 2023
Jean Reno is actually a spaniard born in Morocco. Deal with it. ;-)
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2024
Kylian Mbappe?
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Level 47
Jun 4, 2024
What about him? These quizzes aren't exhaustive lists, and they certainly are not here to satisfy the personal preferences of everyone taking them!
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Level 85
Apr 22, 2024
I thought Marie Curie was Polish... Even if she had French citizenship. 
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2024
well then she's french and polish right? so she's still french
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Level 88
Apr 27, 2024
Some truly great names here.

And David Guetta…

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Level 38
May 1, 2024
David is a great producer, nowhere near legend status, but still great. Songs like Titanium are still great songs.
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Level 84
Apr 29, 2024
Marie Curie looks absolutely radiant.

Also, Zidane is commonly called simply "Zizou." Maybe that can be accepted?

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Level 56
Jun 4, 2024
She was Marie Sklodowska-Curie as she wanted to be called. When Maria Skłodowska married Pierre in 1895, she took her husband's surname in accordance with French law and from then on she was known as Maria Curie. However, she added the member "Sklodowska" when writing her name as an element of emphasizing her Polishness.
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Level 62
Jun 4, 2024
Marie Sklodowska was Polish. Not French
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2024
you can be both, she was french and polish. The quiz isn't incorrect
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Level 66
Jun 4, 2024
So there's no Marie Antoinette or Marcel Marceau but there is Mr Wembanyama. Time to log-off for good I think. And yes, I will let the door hit me on the way out.
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Level 72
Jun 4, 2024
Or Molière
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Level 66
Jun 4, 2024
I knew Andre because I watch WWE (just learned recently that he was French, though), but I had no clue who the basketball player is.

Tony Parker, ok, I know, but that youngster, no clue XD

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Level 37
Jun 4, 2024
Alright, Chopin would have been okay as his father was from France, but labeling Marie Curie as French is ridiculous. She was born Polish, she just married Pierre Curie who was French - and that obviously doesn't make her French too. Please take a look, dear Quizmaster.

Also, yes, I've read the description. You can't just make an excerpt like that, it's like you placed King Edward VIII in a quiz about American people and wrote "he's British, who cares, deal with it".

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Level 66
Jun 4, 2024
As many people have pointed out, Marie Curie lived most of her life in France and was a French citizen.

Your comparison to Edward VIII doesn't work because he only married an American, but he was never an American citizen or lived in America. If he had, then it would be appropriate to put him on a list of American people.

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Level 68
Jun 4, 2024
what the hell is a Zinedine

he looks AI-generated

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Level 78
Jun 4, 2024
Anyone else notice that you can add this quiz to a playlist?
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Level 47
Jun 4, 2024
So there is a lot famous people born in France, why putting here polish scientist, Maria Sklodowska? She was a polish patriot, using name „Sklodowska”, not „Curie” and wanted independence for Poland
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Level 69
Jun 7, 2024
Fun Fact: As a child, André the Giant was sometimes driven to school by the playwright Samuel Beckett.
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2024
Wemby was born just 4 days before me
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2024
Yeah I know Marie Curie to be Polish but I guess she became a French citizen when she married Pierre