Famous people from Paris


France is the only country in the world with a 300-metre flagpole.

Eiffel was a French engineer and architect, and the most famous tower in Paris bears his name. Born outside the capital, he came to the city to study chemistry at the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures. At first, he worked as a project manager for a railway bridge for Charles Nepveu’s company, eventually taking charge of the entire project. 'Eiffel et Cie.' was his own consulting and construction company,
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Paris! Paris violated! Paris broken! Paris martyred, but… Paris liberated!

Général de Gaulle, the famous military leader and French statesman, was born in Lille, but he received his education in Paris. He started his military career at the renowned Saint-Cyr, where he graduated in 1912. Significantly enough, when World War II broke out, he escaped to Britain to lead the Free French Movement. In 1944, the general returned to Paris, his army liberated the city from German occupation,
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She is one of the world-famous French actresses, often recognized just by her initials B.B. as she was called Bebe in her childhood. Born in Paris, she had been modelling for Elle magazine, even before she turned 15. She first appeared on the big screen in 1952 in 'Le Trou Normand'. In 1956 Bardot starred in her most famous film 'And God Created Woman' by Roger Vadim. Since then, through the 50s and 60s, likewise Marlin Monroe in the USA,
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The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvellous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvellous; but we do not notice it.

This influential cult French poet of the 19th Century was born in Paris, the city that inspired many of his masterpieces. After receiving an education at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, he travelled to India and Mauritius for a year. He was fascinated with the stories of Edgar Allan Poe,
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France is the only country in the world with a 300-metre flagpole.

Claude Monet was a famous French painter, a founder of Impressionism, and a master of plein-air landscape painting. His notable works can be found on the walls of many Parisian museums and art galleries. Born in Paris, he lived there for only five years, as his parents decided to move to Normandy. He came back to the city in 1858 to study at the Swiss Academy.
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The music of this prominent and innovative French composer was widely associated with Impressionism in painting. He was born in St Germain-en-Laye near Paris, learned how to play piano when he was seven, and at the age of eleven was sent to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied until 1884. In the meantime, he gave piano lessons in Russia to the children of Nadezhda von Meck, Thaikovsky’s patron. Later, he studied in Rome at the prestigious Villa de Medici.
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A fashion that does not reach the streets of Paris is not a fashion.

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, nicknamed 'Coco', was a famous French fashion designer who greatly contributed to world trends and tastes in terms of chic and elegance. She was born outside Paris to a poor family, and was orphaned at the age of 6 along with her four siblings. Thanks to the generosity of a millionaire officer, she was able to move to Paris when she turned 16,
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Ooh, I fell in love / Mmm, I was a fool / Yes, Paris can be so beautifully cruel / Paris can be a gay coquette who wants to love and then forget / Stranger beware, there's love in the air ('Under Paris Skies')

Born Giovanna Gassion, Piaf was a French singer gifted with an extraordinary voice that once heard could not be forgotten. After first singing engagement in a night club in 1935,
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If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.

Ernest Hemingway, the world-famous writer from the United States, first came to Paris at the end of 1921 and stayed at the Hotel Jacob (today the Hotel D'Angleterre) until he moved into his apartment on Cardinal Lemoine Street. The following year he met another American writer,
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I don't know where there can be so many pianists as in Paris, so many aces and so many virtuosi

A brilliant composer and pianist of Polish origin, Chopin wrote almost solely for the piano. He quickly developed his own style of composition, which was characterised by melancholic melodies, ornamental cadences and a feeling of emotional ecstasy. His compositions, such as 'The Études' and the 'Funeral March' piano sonata, are regarded as treasures of the piano repertoire.
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I had enlisted under the most beautiful of heavens in Nice by the Sea with its victorious name.

Guillaume Apollinaire, a poet and art critic was actually born Wilhelm Apollinaris Wąż-Kostrowicki in Rome. Raised speaking French and other languages as well, he eventually emigrated to France where he adopted his new name, under which he published. From the age of seven to the age of nineteen, he lived on the Riviera, and went to a secondary school in Nice.
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And I inhale the tepid and embalmed air in deep breaths; here, life and joy run up swiftly... I stay in Nice a whole month roaming in woods of orange trees, plunging in the sea, sleeping on the heaths of the mountains of Villefranche....I write the Opening of King Lear, I sing, I believe in God. Convalescence. And so I spent in Nice the twenty more beautiful days of my life.

This French Romantic composer,
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The son of an artist Alexis Mossa, Gustav Adolf Mossa, was born in Nice and graduated from its National School of Decorative Arts. Fascinated with landscapes of the French Riviera, he depicted them often in his works. Most of his paintings are symbolist watercolours presenting themes from ancient myths and biblical allegories. Apart from painting, he also wrote grotesque comedies as well as literary essays, mostly concerning drama. Around 1908, he moved to Paris with his first wife,
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A city [Paris] where great ideas perish, done to death by a witticism.

A journalist and a writer, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the fathers of realism in literature. During his lifetime, Balzac penned such celebrated works as 'La Dernier Chouan' (1829; later titled 'Les Chouans'), 'La Peau de Chargin' (1831), six novelettes 'Scenes from Private Life' (1830-1832) and 'La Cousin Bette' (1846). In 1833, he came up with the idea of linking his novels together,
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This American celebrity introduced a unique style of dancing which earned her the title of the Mother of Modern Dance. Born to a poor family in San Francisco as Dora Angela Duncanon, she dropped out of school and gave dance lessons to local children. In the 1890s, Isadora performed on the stages of New York. In 1897, she travelled to the UK as a member of Daly's Company. While in London, she also took ballet lessons.
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Jean Cocteau was a talented French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, painter and film director – truly an artist of many talents, popular for his unconventional approach. Although born in Maison-Laffitte near Paris, he made himself known as a true admirer of the French Riviera. He left home at the age of fifteen, and in 1907 he went to Cap-Martin, where he was presented to the 80-year-old Empress Eugénie, who lived there. Cocteau's first volume of poems,
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Here [in Paris] they hang a man first, and try him afterwards.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, which was his real name, will be always remembered as the greatest French classical comedy writer. He was also an excellent actor and director. As a young man, he created a troupe of actors and travelled with them through French villages while working on his playwriting, acting, directing and administrating skills. His first major success was a play titled 'The High Brow Ladies'.
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Lionel Letizi, a native of Nice, is a professional football goalkeeper, who started his career in the early 1990s, taking his first steps with Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice Côte d'Azur, known as OGC Nice. In 1994, he won the French second division, and then the first division. At that time Letizi's talent was noticed, and in 1996 he joined FC Metz, which won the French League Cup three years later. In 2000, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain,
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Blériot was a French engineer and aviator who became famous for making the first aeroplane flight across the English Channel. Born in Cambrai, he came to the capital to study at the École Centrale Paris. He spent all of his savings to build monoplanes. Between 1903 and 1906, along with his companion Gabriel Vosit, he developed several aircraft designs under the brand of the Blériot-Voisin Company. He also continued to improve his piloting skills. On July 25,
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Louis Braille contributed greatly to generations of blind people, as he was the one who invented their alphabet for reading and writing, which has been adapted into almost every language. Born in a small town of Coupvray not far from Paris, he was accidentally blinded at the age of four. As a ten-year-old boy, he luckily received a scholarship to attend the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris, the first school of its kind in the world.
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