Italian immigrants to France

Posted Jun 15, 2010
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  1. Pierre Cardin

    Pierre Cardin


    Pierre Cardin born Pietro Cardin, is an Italian-born French fashion designer who was born on 2 July 1922, in San Biagio di Callalta near Treviso.

  2. Nina Ricci

    Nina Ricci


    Nina Ricci (born Maria Adélaide Nielli; 14 January 1883 – 30 November 1970) was an Italian-born French fashion designer.

  3. Hortense Mancini

    Hortense Mancini


    Hortense Mancini, duchesse Mazarin (6 June 1646, Rome – 9 November 1699, Chelsea), was the favourite niece of Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister of France, and a mistress of Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland. She was the fourth of the five famous Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes.

  4. Maurice Garin

    Maurice Garin


    Maurice-Francois Garin (3 March 1871 – 19 February 1957) was an Italian-born French road bicycle racer best known for winning the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, and for being stripped of his title in the second Tour in 1904 along with eight others, for cheating.

  5. Henri Pigozzi

    Henri Pigozzi


    Henri Théodore Pigozzi (born Enrico Teodoro Pigozzi in Turin, 26 June 1898 – died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, 18 November 1964) was a car merchant and industrialist, mostly known for founding Société Industrielle de Mécanique et de Carrosserie Automobile (Simca).

  6. Aldo Romano

    Aldo Romano


    Aldo Romano (born on January 16, 1941, Belluno, Italy) is a jazz drummer. He also started a rock group in 1971.

  7. Jean-Baptiste Lully

    Jean-Baptiste Lully


    Jean-Baptiste Lully (born Giovanni Battista Lulli 28 November 1632 – 22 March 1687) was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered a master of the French baroque style. Lully disavowed any Italian influence in French music of the period. He became a French subject in 1661.

  8. Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza

    Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza


    Pietro Paolo Savorgnan di Brazzà, then known as Pierre Paul François Camille Savorgnan de Brazza (26 January 1852 – 14 September 1905), was an Italian explorer and freemason, born in the Papal States and later naturalized as a Frenchman. With the backing of the Société de Géographie de Paris, he opened up for France entry along the right bank of the Congo that eventually led to French colonies in Central Africa. His easy manner and great physical charm, as well as his pacific approach among Africans, were his trademarks. Under French colonial rule, the capital of the Republic of the Congo was named Brazzaville after him and the name was retained by the post-colonial rulers.

  9. Angelo Grizzetti

    Angelo Grizzetti


    Angelo Grizzetti (born 14 May 1916) was an Italian born French former footballer and coach.

  10. Olympia Mancini

    Olympia Mancini


    Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons (French: Olympe Mancini) (11 July 1638 – 9 October 1708) was the second eldest of the five celebrated Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes because their uncle was Louis XIV's chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin. Olympia was later to become the mother of the famous Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy. She also involved herself in various court intrigues including the notorious Poison Affair, which led to her expulsion from France.

  11. Amédée Gordini

    Amédée Gordini


    Amedeo "Amédée" Gordini (June 23, 1899 – May 25, 1979) was an Italian-born race car driver and sports car manufacturer in France.

  12. Anne Marie Martinozzi

    Anne Marie Martinozzi


    Anne Marie Martinozzi, Princess of Conti (1637 – 4 February 1672) was a niece of King Louis XIV of France's chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, and the wife of Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. She became the mother of the libertine François Louis, Prince of Conti, le Grand Conti. Her marriage to the Prince of Conti made her a princesse du Sang.

  13. Pierre Mosca

    Pierre Mosca


    Pierre Mosca (born Pietro Mosca on July 24, 1949) is an Italian born French former footballer and coach.

  14. Marie Anne Mancini

    Marie Anne Mancini


    Marie Anne Mancini, duchesse de Bouillon (1649 – 20 June 1714), was the youngest of the five famous Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes because their uncle was the king's chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin.

  15. Giovanni Domenico Cassini

    Giovanni Domenico Cassini


    This article is about the Italian-born astronomer. For his French-born great-grandson, see Jean-Dominique Cassini.

  16. Philippe Buonarroti

    Philippe Buonarroti


    Filippo Giuseppe Maria Ludovico Buonarroti, more usually referred to under the French version Philippe Buonarroti (11 November 1761 – 16 September 1837), was an Italian utopian socialist, writer, agitator, freemason, and conspirator; he was active in Corsica, France, and Geneva. His History of Babeuf’s ‘Conspiracy of Equals' (1828) became a bible for revolutionaries, inspiring such leftists as Blanqui and Marx. He proposed a mutualist strategy that would revolutionize society by stages, starting from monarchy to liberalism, then to radicalism, and finally to communism.

  17. Cino Del Duca

    Cino Del Duca


    Cino Del Duca (25 July 1899 – 24 May 1967) was an Italian-born businessman film producer and philanthropist who moved to France in 1923 where he made a fortune in the French publishing business.

  18. Paul-Émile Botta

    Paul-Émile Botta


    Paul-Émile Botta (6 December 1802 – 29 March 1870) was a French scientist who served as Consul in Mosul (then in the Ottoman Empire, now in Iraq) from 1842, and who discovered the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capital of Dur-Sharrukin.

  19. Marie Mancini

    Marie Mancini


    Anna Maria (Marie) Mancini (August 28, 1639 – May 8, 1715) was the third of the five Mancini sisters; nieces to Cardinal Mazarin who were brought to France to marry advantageously. Along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, the Mancini sisters were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes.

  20. Charles Waddington (philosopher)

    Charles Waddington (philosopher)


    Charles Waddington (1819–1914) was a French philosopher, cousin of Richard and William H. Waddington. He was born at Milan, of a Protestant family of English origin. Graduating from the École normale supérieure at 19, he taught at various institutions, including the Protestant Seminary at Strasbourg, the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, and the Sorbonne, where in 1879 he was appointed professor of ancient philosophy. In 1888 he became a member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. His works, notable for clearness and penetration, include:

  21. Jean de Bonsi

    Jean de Bonsi


    Jean de Bonsi (Florence, 1554 – July 4, 1621) was born in Florence, Italy to Domenico Bonsi, prime minister of the Duke of Tuscany, and Costanza Vettori.

  22. Giuseppe Cerutti

    Giuseppe Cerutti


    Giuseppe Antonio Giachimo Cerutti (June 13, 1738 – February 3, 1792) was a French-Italian author and politician.

  23. Joseph-Marie Lo Duca

    Joseph-Marie Lo Duca


    Joseph-Marie Lo Duca (18 November 1905 or 1910 – 6 August 2004) was an Italian-born journalist, novelist, art critic, and film historian best known as the co-founder in 1951 of the influential French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma with André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, and Léonide Keigel.

  24. Louis Visconti

    Louis Visconti


    Louis Tullius Joachim Visconti (February 11, 1791, Rome – December 29, 1853) was an Italian-born French architect and designer.

  25. Angiolo Vestris

    Angiolo Vestris


    Angiolo Maria Gasparo Vestris (19 November 1730, Florence - 10 June 1809, Paris) was a Franco-Italian ballet dancer.

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