Jacques Nicolas Billaud-Varenne (23 April 1756 – 3 June 1819), also known as Jean Nicolas, was a French personality of the Revolutionary period. Though not one of the most well known figures of the French Revolution, Jacques Nicolas Billaud Varenne was an instrumental figure of the period known as The Terror. As Varenne climbed his way up the ladder of power during the period of The Terror, he was recognized for his courageousness and dedication to the cause.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter. William Bouguereau (pronounced vill-yam boo-guh-roe) was a staunch traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body. Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons.
Paul Ramadier (17 March 1888, La Rochelle - 14 October 1961) was a prominent French politician of the Third and Fourth Republics. Mayor of Decazeville starting in 1919, he served as the first Prime Minister of the Fourth Republic in 1947. On 10 July 1940, he voted against the granting of the full powers to Marshal Philippe Pétain, who installed the Vichy regime the next day. Paul Ramadier took part in the Resistance, and his name was included in the Yad Vashem Jewish memorial after the war.
John Theophilus Desaguliers (pronounced day-za-güly-ay) (13 March 1683 – 29 February 1744) was a natural philosopher born in France. He was a member of the Royal Society of London beginning 29 July 1714. He was presented with the Royal Society's highest honour, the Copley Medal, in 1734, 1736 and 1741, the 1741 award being for his "discovery of the properties of Electricity".
Jean-Baptiste Élissalde is a French rugby union footballer. He is a third-generation France international, as his maternal grandfather Laurent Bidart and father Jean-Pierre Élissalde both represented France in international rugby. Élissalde is capable of playing either as a scrum-half or as a fly-half. He played in La Rochelle until 2002 then decided to go to Toulouse, where he initially had a hard time breaking into the senior squad, competing against Frédéric Michalak and Yann Delaigue.
Guy Laroche was a French fashion designer (16 July 1921 in La Rochelle, France – 17 February 1989) and founder of the eponymous company. Laroche began his career in millinery and, from 1949, Laroche worked for Jean Desses and eventually became his assistant. In 1955, he visited the U.S. to investigate new ready-to-wear manufacturing methods. 1956 or 1957, he founded a high-fashion atelier at 37 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris.