Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (ˈbrɪdʒɨt bɑrˈdoʊ; born 28 September 1934) is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials. Starting in 1969, Bardot became the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.
Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress and singer-songwriter. She is also an environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for her performances in films such as A Very Long Engagement (2004), La Vie en Rose (2007), Nine (2009), Inception (2010), Rust and Bone (2012), The Immigrant (2013), and Two Days, One Night (2014).
Anny Duperey (born Annie Legras on 28 June 1947 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France) is a French stage, film and television actress and best-selling author. She is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
Sylvia Bourdon (born 1949 in Cologne, Germany) is a French activist who speaks four languages and is an expert in French art and design.
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Alain Badiou ( ; born 17 January 1937) is a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII with Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jean-François Lyotard. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Politically, Badiou is committed to the far left, and to the communist tradition.
Guy Louis Debord (December 28, 1931 – November 30, 1994) was a French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker, member of the Letterist International, founder of a Letterist faction, and founding member of the Situationist International (SI). He was also briefly a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie.
Jean Frédéric Joliot-Curie (19 March 1900 – 14 August 1958), born Jean Frédéric Joliot, was a French physicist, husband of Irène Joliot-Curie and Nobel laureate.
Irène Joliot-Curie (12 September 1897 – 17 March 1956) was a French scientist, the daughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Jointly with her husband, Joliot-Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. This made the Curies the family with the most Nobel laureates to date. Both children of the Joliot-Curies, Hélène and Pierre, are also esteemed scientists.
Martin Firrell (born 4 April 1963, Paris, France) has been described variously as a cultural activist, a campaigner, a public artist, or benevolent provocateur, stimulating debate in public space to promote positive social change.
Gisèle Halimi (born Zeiza Gisèle Élise Taïeb in 1927) is a French lawyer, feminist activist, and essayist.
Armand Barbès (18 September 1809 – 26 June 1870) was a French Republican revolutionary and a fierce and steadfast opponent of the July monarchy (1830–1848). He is remembered as a man whose life centers on two days:
Mona Vasquez (1960 – 2 September 2011) was a former Scientologist who was active in Scientology's headquarters in Europe, in Copenhagen, in the 1980s. She went on a hunger strike in August 1989 at Scientology's offices in Paris when she wanted to quit the program, in order to get her money back. She did receive almost €60,000 back from Scientology.
Elias Schwarzfeld or Schwartzfeld (Hebrew: אליאס (אליהו) שוורצפלד; March 7, 1855 – 1915) was a Moldavian-born Romanian Jewish historian, essayist, novelist and newspaperman, also known as a political activist and philanthropist. Writing in several languages (Romanian, Yiddish, French), he focused his studies on the Romanian Jewish community, while steadily publishing articles and brochures which confronted antisemitism. The brother of literary historian Moses Schwarzfeld, Elias was the uncle of poet-philosopher Benjamin Fondane.
Fadela Amara, (born Fatiha Amara, April 25, 1964) is a French feminist and politician, who began her political life as an advocate for women in the impoverished banlieues. She was the Secretary of State for Urban Policies in the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) government of French Prime Minister François Fillon. She is a former president of the organisation Ni Putes Ni Soumises.
Bruno Julliard (born 9 February 1981) is the former chairman of the UNEF, the main student union in France. He studies public law at the University of Lyon.
Boris Souvarine also known as Varine (Russian: Борис Константинович Лифшиц, 5 October 1895 – 1 November 1984) was a French Marxist, communist activist, essayist, and journalist.
Nathalie Lemel (26 August 1827 - 1921), was a militant anarchist and feminist who participated on the barricades at the Commune de Paris of 1871. She was deported to Nouvelle Calédonie with Louise Michel.
Daniel Defert (born September 10, 1937) is a prominent French AIDS activist and the founding president (1984–1991) of the first AIDS awareness organization in France, AIDES. He started the organization after the death of his partner, the French philosopher Michel Foucault. He is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud.
Michel Farinet (born 11 November 1937) is a French artist of electronic music. He has co-produced songs with DJ Benny Benassi. Born in Picardy (France), Farinet has become a popular underground artist who publishes his songs on the Internet.
Claudine Chomat, who was born 7 February 1915 at Saint-Etienne (Loire) in France, and died on 14 October 1995 in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), was a member of the French Resistance and a French communist militant.
Julien Coupat (born June 4, 1974, Bordeaux) is a French political activist at the centre of a controversial investigation. As one of the Tarnac Nine, he was accused of plotting the sabotage of train lines in November 2008, which the French government decided to define as terrorism, and spent over six months in jail despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever before being released on bail.
Jocelyne Jocya (January 7, 1942 – August 18, 2003) was a French singer, songwriter, and advocate of children's rights best known for her rendition of "Bon Voyage".
Jenny Marx Longuet (Jennychen) (11 May 1844 – 11 January 1883) was the eldest daughter of Jenny von Westphalen and Karl Marx.
Michael Löwy (born 1938, São Paulo, Brazil) is a French-Brazilian Marxist sociologist and philosopher. He is emeritus research director in social sciences at the CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research) and lectures at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS; Paris, France). Author of books on Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Liberation Theology, György Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Lucien Goldmann and Franz Kafka, he received the CNRS Silver Medal in 1994.