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List: Top Ten Greatest Frenchmen (Persons)

Date: 2005

Source: Poll by France 2 television channel.

Base: No data on number of votes cast.

Notes: 'Le Plus Grand Français de tous les temps' (The Greatest Frenchman of all Time) was a TV show based on a BBC TV series called 'Great Britons'. The show asked the French viewers who they thought was the Greatest Frenchman or Frenchwoman. It was presented by Michel Drucker and Thierry Ardisson, and the final episode was broadcast from the French Senate.

Rank

Name

Notes

1

Charles de Gaulle

Politician and President

2

Louis Pasteur

Microbiologist and chemist

3

Abbé Pierre

Priest and charity worker

4

Marie Curie

Chemist and nobel laureate

5

Coluche

Comedian / Actor

6

Victor Hugo

Writer

7

Bourvil

Actor and Singer

8

Molière

Playwright and director

9

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Explorer and marine scientist

10

Edith Piaf

Chanteuse

 

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