Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an œuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times.
Nicolas Jean-de-Dieu Soult, 1st Duc de Dalmatie (29 March 1769 - 26 November 1851), the Hand of Iron, was a French general and statesman, named Marshal of the Empire in 1804. He was one of only six officers in French history to receive the distinction of Marshal General of France. He also served as Prime Minister of France three times.
Jean Léon Jaurès (full name Auguste Marie Joseph Jean Léon Jaurès; 3 September 1859 – 31 July 1914) was a French Socialist leader. Initially an Opportunist Republican, he evolved into one of the first social democrats, becoming the leader, in 1902, of the French Socialist Party, which opposed Jules Guesde's revolutionary Socialist Party of France. Both parties merged in 1905 in the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO).
Field Marshal John (Jean Louis) Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier, KB, PC (7 November 1680 – 28 April 1770) was a French-born British soldier. He was born to a Huguenot family of Castres in the south of France, and who emigrated to England at the close of the 17th century.
Paul de Rapin (March 25, 1661 – 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. The son of Jacques de Rapin, an avocat at Castres (Tarn), he was educated at the Protestant Academy of Saumur, and in 1679 became an advocate, but soon afterwards joined the army.
Gérard Onesta is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament for the South West of France. He is a member of the French Green Party, part of the European Greens. On 20 July 2004 he was re-elected a Member of the European Parliament, and he was elected four times one of its Vice-Presidents. His successor is José Bové. In march 2010 regional election, he is the leader runner of The Greens/Europe Ecologie in Midi-Pyrénées.
Laurent Jalabert (born November 30, 1968 in Mazamet) is a French former professional road racing cyclist, from 1989 to 2002. Affectionately known as "Jaja" (slang for a glass of wine; when he continued drinking wine as a professional, the nickname stuck because of the similarity to his name), he won many one-day and stage races and was ranked number 1 in the 1990s.
Paul Aussaresses (born 7 November 1918) is a retired French Army general, who fought during World War II, the First Indochina War and Algerian War. His actions during the Algerian War, and later defense of those actions, caused considerable controversy. Aussaresses was a career Army intelligence officer with an excellent military record when he joined the Free French Forces in North Africa during the Second World War.
Raoul Albin Louis Salan (10 June 1899 - 3 July 1984) was a French Army general and the fourth French commanding general during the First Indochina War. Salan was one of four generals who organized the 1961 Algiers Putsch operation and then founded the Organisation de l'armée secrète.
Saint Didier, also known as Desiderius (c. 580 - November 15, traditionally 655) was a Merovingian royal official of aristocratic Gallo-Roman extraction. He succeeded his own brother, Saint Rusticus, as bishop of Cahors and governed the diocese, which flourished under his care, from 630 to 655. Didier's career, like that of his brothers, is exemplary of a church and a monastic system controlled by the ruling, landholding class that was closely linked to the Merovingian monarchy.
Charles Blanc (November 4, 1813, Castres - January 17, 1882, Paris) was a French art critic, brother of Louis Blanc. After the February Revolution of 1848, he was director of the department for the visual arts at the ministry of the interior. He published the Histoire des peintres de toutes les écoles (Par. 1849-69, 14 Vols. ), which was translated to English and German.
Jacques-Pierre de Taffanel de la Jonquière (April 18, 1685 – March 17, 1752) was a French admiral and Governor General of New France from March 1, 1746 until his death in 1752. De la Jonquière was born near Albi. He joined the navy when he was twelve, and fought under the Duguay-Trouin and in the Battle of Toulon. In 1747, after a brave defence, he was defeated in the Battle of Cape Finisterre by George Anson.
Yannick Jauzion is a French rugby union footballer. He plays at centre for Stade Toulousain and the French national team. Jauzion is a key player behind Toulouse's and France's recent achievements. He is a member of the Toulouse team that reached the Heineken Cup final in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was named as the man of the match in the 2005 Heineken Cup Final as Toulouse defeated Stade Français. He earned his first national cap on 16 June 2001 against South Africa.
Clément Poitrenaud is a French rugby union footballer. His usual position is at fullback but he also plays at centre. He plays for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14 club competition in France, and has played for France, including at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. He played his first Heineken Cup match during the 2000-01 tournament, against Welsh side, the Cardiff Blues.
Bernard Laporte is a former French Secretary of State for Sport. Previously he was head coach of the France national rugby union team, taking over in 1999. He was previously the coach at Stade Français. He was the first fully professional head coach of France. He played rugby union at scrum-half and won the French Under-21 championship with UA Gaillac in 1983 and then again in 1984, in which he was captain. Seven years later he captained Begles-Bordeaux to the French championship.
Jean Mistler (1897 - 1988) was a French writer born in Sorèze, Tarn. In 1966 he was elected to the Académie Française. Mistler, whose father's family had left Alsace in 1871, did his schooling in Sorèze, before preparing for the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure at the Lycée Henri IV, where he read philosophy under Alain. Mistler was drafted into the artillery in 1915 and emerged from World War I a staunch pacifist.
Georges Frêche (born July 9, 1938) is a French politician. As of 2006, he serves as President of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as President of the Agglomeration of Montpellier. A former mayor of Montpellier and a former Deputy in the National Assembly, he is a history of law professor at University Montpellier 1. Frêche was a member of the French socialist party until he was expelled on January 27, 2007.