List of Famous people born in Centre-Val de Loire, France

René Descartes

First Name René
Last Name Descartes
Born on March 31, 1596
Died on February 11, 1650 (aged 53)

René Descartes was a French-born philosopher, mathematician, and scientist who spent a large portion of his working life in the Dutch Republic, initially serving the Dutch States Army of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange and the Stadtholder of the United Provinces. One of the most notable intellectual figures of the Dutch Golden Age, Descartes is also widely regarded as one of the founders of modern philosophy.

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Honoré de Balzac

First Name Honoré
Last Name Balzac
Born on May 20, 1799
Died on August 18, 1850 (aged 51)

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus.

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Charlotte d'Ornellas

First Name Charlotte
Last Name D'Ornellas
Born on November 30, 1985 (age 37)

Charlotte d'Ornellas is a French conservative journalist and columnist.

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Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
First Name Gérard
Last Name Depardieu
Born on December 27, 1948 (age 74)

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu, CQ is a French actor. He has received acclaim for his performances in The Last Metro (1980), for which he won the César Award for Best Actor, in Police (1985), for which he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, Jean de Florette (1986), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), winning the Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor, his second César Award for Best Actor, and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He co-starred in Peter Weir's comedy Green Card (1991), winning a Golden Globe Award and later acted in many big budget Hollywood movies including Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Randall Wallace's The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012). He is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur and Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite. He was granted citizenship of Russia in January 2013, and became a cultural ambassador of Montenegro during the same month.

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Philippe Juvin

First Name Philippe
Last Name Juvin
Born on February 1, 1964 (age 59)

Philippe Juvin is a French medical doctor and politician of the Republicans (LR) who served as a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 until 2019 for the Île-de-France constituency.

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Catherine Nay

First Name Catherine
Last Name Nay
Born on January 1, 1944 (age 79)

Catherine Nay is a French political columnist and commentator.

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Isabelle Geffroy
Born on May 1, 1980 (age 43)

Isabelle Geffroy, better known by the nickname Zaz, is a French singer-songwriter who mixes jazzy styles, French variety, soul and acoustic. She is famous for her hit "Je veux", from her first album, Zaz, released on 10 May 2010.

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Laure Calamy

First Name Laure
Last Name Calamy
Born on March 22, 1975 (age 48)

Laure Calamy is a French film and theatrical actress.

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Julian Alaphilippe

First Name Julian
Last Name Alaphilippe
Born on June 11, 1992 (age 30)
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Julian Alaphilippe is a French professional road cyclist and cyclocross racer and 2020 UCI road racing world champion, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step. He is the brother of racing cyclist Bryan Alaphilippe.

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François Alu

First Name François
Last Name Alu
Born on November 30, 1993 (age 29)

François Alu is a French "Premier Danseur", of the Paris Opera Ballet. He entered the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2004, and the Paris Opera Ballet in 2010. At his first promotion competition, he was promoted to Coryphée, dancing as a free variation the act II solo of Solor, from La Bayadère by Rudolf Nureyev. The next year, he was promoted to "Sujet" (soloist), dancing as a free variation the act III solo of Solor, from La Bayadère by Rudolf Nureyev.

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Luc Montagnier

Luc Antoine Montagnier
First Name Luc
Last Name Montagnier
Born on August 18, 1932
Died on February 8, 2022 (aged 89)

Luc Antoine Montagnier is a French virologist and joint recipient, with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen, of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He has worked as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and as a full-time professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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Mireille Dumas

First Name Mireille
Born on September 10, 1953 (age 69)

Mireille Dumas is a French journalist, television producer and presenter.

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Jean-François Hernandez

Jean-François Hernández is a French former footballer who played as a central defender.

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Christine Angot

First Name Christine
Last Name Angot
Born on February 7, 1959 (age 64)

Christine Angot is a French writer and novelist.

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Sami El Gueddari

First Name Sami
Last Name Gueddari
Born on February 1, 1984 (age 39)

Sami El Gueddari is a French wheelchair racer and competitive swimmer who participated in the Paralympic Games of 2008 and 2012. He was a bronze medalist at the European Championships in 2009. He is a specialist of 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle.

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Christine Boutin

First Name Christine
Last Name Boutin
Born on February 6, 1944 (age 79)

Christine Boutin is a French former politician leading the small French Christian Democratic Party. She served as a member of the French National Assembly representing Yvelines, from 1986 until 2007, when she was appointed Minister of Housing and Urban Development by President Nicolas Sarkozy. She was a candidate in the 2002 French presidential election, in which she scored 1.19% on the first round of balloting.

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Florian Thauvin

Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin
First Name Florian
Last Name Thauvin
Born on January 26, 1993 (age 30)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin is a French professional footballer who plays as a winger for Marseille and the France national team.

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Jérémy Amelin

Jérémy Bruno Thierry Amelin
First Name Jérémy
Last Name Amelin
Born on July 1, 1986 (age 36)

Jérémy Amelin is a French recording artist and entertainer. Born in Montargis, France and raised in Montcresson, France. Amelin was a finalist of French music TV show Star Academy 5 — broadcast on TV channel TF1.

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Pierre de Ronsard

First Name Pierre
Last Name Ronsard
Born on September 11, 1524
Died on December 27, 1585 (aged 61)

Pierre de Ronsard was a French poet or, as his own generation in France called him, a "prince of poets".

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Julian Bugier

First Name Julian
Last Name Bugier

Julian Bugier, born the 22 November 1980 in Blois (Loir-et-Cher), is a French TV journalist.

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