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Famous People from France

written by: Eve
 
Check your knowledge of French people who excelled in different spheres of life.

Question 1:


What French chemist and microbiologist is renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination and microbial fermentation?
Pierre Curie
Louis Pasteur
Jean Monnet
François Jacob

Question 2:


Name the 19th century poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement who wrote the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Voltaire
Alexandre Dumas
Victor Hugo
Honoré de Balzac

Question 3:


What is the name of the vessel which French explorer Jacques Cousteau equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research?
Calypso
Victory
Nautilus
Poseidon

Question 4:


Due to her portrayal of Edith Piaf, this actress became the first to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for a performance in the French language. She also played Lady Macbeth in the 2015 movie Macbeth.
Marion Cotillard
Emmanuelle Béart
Anouk Aimee
Juliette Binoche

Question 5:


This French actor met Italian actress Monica Bellucci on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment and the two got married three years later. He has a passion for the martial art of capoeira and displayed his talent in the movie Ocean's Twelve.
Vincent Perez
Vincent Cassel
Gérard Depardieu
Jean-Paul Belmondo

Question 6:


Who directed and co-wrote the 1997 sci movie The Fifth Element, whose central plot involves the survival of planet Earth in the 23rd century?
Luc Besson
François Truffaut
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Robert Bresson

Question 7:


Known as the Sun King, he was one of the most powerful French monarchs. His words 'I am the state' express the spirit of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution.
Louis XIV
Napoleon
Charlamagne
Henry IV

Question 8:


He was a founder of French Impressionist painting. Water lilies were the subjects of his best-known works.
Paul Gauguin
August Renoir
Edgar Degas
Claude Monet

Question 9:


This fashion designer is credited for liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and for popularising the little black dress.
Yves Saint Laurent
Coco Chanel
Nina Ricci
Christian Dior

Question 10:


Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece, is the most famous work of this French composer.
Georges Bizet
Hector Berlioz
Camille Saint-Saëns
Maurice Ravel

 


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