Jean Renoir (15 September 1894 – 12 February 1979), born in the Montmartre district of Paris, France, was a film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. He was the second son of Aline Charigot and the French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Sylvie Vartan (born 15 August 1944) is a French pop singer. She was one of the first rock girls in France. Vartan was the most productive and active artist of the yé-yé girls, being considered as the toughest-sounding of her genre. Her performance often featured elaborate show-dance choreography. She made appearances on French and Italian TV, including the songs "Cette lettre-là" and "Irresistiblement".
Louis Malle (30 October 1932 – 23 November 1995) was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has worked in both French cinema and Hollywood. His films include Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958), Atlantic City (1981), and Au revoir, les enfants (1987).
Jean-Marie Messier (born 13 December 1956) is a French businessman who was Chairman and Chief Executive of the multinational media conglomerate Vivendi SA until 2002. He is also frequently referred to by the nickname "J2M", based on his initials.
William Anthony "Tony" Parker (born 17 May 1982) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and France's national team. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years in the French basketball league before entering the 2001 NBA Draft.
Tariq Abdul-Wahad (born Olivier Michael Saint-Jean; November 3, 1974, in Maisons-Alfort, Val-de-Marne) is a French former professional basketball player. Abdul-Wahad was born in France from parents who migrated from French Guiana. He changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad after converting to Islam in 1997. He is the first player to be born and raised in France and play in the NBA.
Louis Jourdan (born June 19, 1919) is a French film actor. He is known for his roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case (1947), Gigi (1958), The Best of Everything (1959), and Octopussy (1983).
Maurice Tourneur (born February 2, 1873/ – died August 4, 1961) was an important international film director and screenwriter. Born Maurice Thomas in the Belleville district of Paris, France, his father was a jeweler. As a young man, Maurice Thomas first trained as a graphic designer and a magazine illustrator but was soon drawn to the theater. In 1904, he married the actress, Fernande Petit. They had a son, Jacques (1904-1977) who would follow his father into the film industry.
Michel Colombier (May 23, 1939, Lyon — November 14, 2004), was a French composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor. Colombier was born in Lyon, and began his musical education at the age of six. By age fourteen, he had discovered jazz and improvisation and was performing with small combos and big bands.
Antoine Roger Rigaudeau (born December 17, 1971 in Cholet) nicknamed Le Roi (The King), is a retired French professional basketball player. In Autumn 2000, Antoine Rigaudeau was appointed as Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur by French President. Rigaudeau won the Euroleague in 1997-98 and 2000-01 with Virtus Bologna.
Élodie Bouchez-Bangalter (born 5 April 1973) is a César Award winning French actress. She is best-known in the United States for her role as Renée Rienne on the fifth and final season of the television show Alias. She is also well-known for playing Maïté Alvarez in the movie Wild Reeds.
Ian Mahinmi (born November 5, 1986, in Rouen) is a French professional basketball player. At 6'11" and 245 lbs. , he plays the position of power forward and center. Previously assigned to the San Antonio Spurs' affiliate NBA Development League's Austin Toros, Mahinmi is back on the Spurs' roster.
Johan Petro is a French professional basketball player of Guadeloupean descent who is playing for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. A 7'0", 247 lbs. center, Petro was selected by the Sonics in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. He was a key member of the French junior national team and played at the INSEP. In 2004, he won the French Championship title with Pau-Orthez.
Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, is a French professional basketball player for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. After being traded in a multi-player deal with his former team, the Phoenix Suns on December 10, 2008, he made his debut with the Bobcats on Saturday, December 13. Diaw is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 235 lbs (106.6 kg). He played for Pau Orthez, France's top league team, before joining the NBA.
Mickaël Piétrus (born on February 7, 1982 in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe) is a Caribbean-French professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He is listed at 6'6" and is a swingman, playing both the shooting guard and small forward positions. Piétrus was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and is originally from Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island that is a part of France.
Nicolas Batum (born December 14, 1988 in Lisieux) is a French basketball player with the Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired his rights for the rights to Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey. Prior to the draft, Batum was considered one of the most talented young players in Europe. He was voted the most valuable player in the U-18 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim 2006.
Elie Ikangu is a football midfielder who last played for Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer. Ikangu played with the youth team at French team Le Havre AC until signing with Darlington F.C. in England in 2005. After a preseason trial, he signed a developmental contract with Red Bull New York in 2006. He was let go by the team in February 2008. He is of Congolese and Cameroonian descent.