The 30 Greatest Frenchmen

In 2005, French channel France 2 published a list with the 100 greatest Frenchmen (and Frenchwomen) of all time. Can you name the 30 greatest?
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Last updated: September 9, 2018
First submittedMarch 2, 2018
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What they did / were
Frenchman / Frenchwoman
1
WWII general and first president of the Fifth Republic
Charles de Gaulle
2
He discovered vaccination and microbial fermentation
Louis Pasteur
3
Catholic priest and Resistance member, Emmaus
Abbé Pierre
4
Polish-born nobel prize winner
Marie Curie
5
Comedian and founder of Restaurants du Cœur
Coluche
6
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo
7
Mononymous actor and comedian who played in Le Corniaud
Bourvil
8
Playwright during absolutist France and great writer
Molière
9
Pioneer in oceanography
Jacques Cousteau
10
Singer, Non, je ne regrette rien
Edith Piaf
11
First filmmaker elected to the Académie française
Marcel Pagnol
12
Singer-songwriter and poet, texts are black humour-tinged
Georges Brassens
13
Actor / singer nicknamed "her Fernand"
Fernandel
14
Fables (17th century)
Jean de la Fontaine
15
Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne
16
Corsican who conquered Europe after the French Revolution
Napoleon Bonaparte
17
Giant of French comedy, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
Louis de Funès
18
Starred in many classical films (30s)
Jean Gabin
19
Singer popular in the French-speaking world, died in Mali
Daniel Balavoine
20
Famous for his popular music, from mambo over reggae until funk
Serge Gainsbourg
21
Current manager of Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane
22
"Father of Europe" who united much of the continent around 800
Charlemagne
23
Italian actor who starred in French film
Lino Ventura
24
Longest ruling president (1981-1995)
François Mitterrand
25
He designed the most famous tower in Paris
Gustave Eiffel
26
J'accuse
Émile Zola
27
Nun and humanitarian
Sœur Emanuelle
28
Leader of French resistance during World War II
Jean Moulin
29
Singer and diplomat with Armenian roots
Charles Aznavour
30
Italian-French actor married to Simone Signoret
Yves Montand
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