Famous Astronauts from France

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List of notable or famous astronauts from France, with bios and photos, including the top astronauts born in France and even some popular astronauts who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French astronauts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronauts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronaut from France is included when available.

Examples include Philippe Perrin and Léopold Eyharts.

This historic astronauts from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French astronauts of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronauts from France?" These prominent astronauts of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French astronauts.

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    Claudie Haigneré is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Claudie Haigneré is a French doctor, politician, and former astronaut with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales and the European Space Agency. more

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    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Le Creusot, France
    • Profession: Rheumatologist, Politician, Astronaut
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    Jean-François Clervoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Jean-François André Clervoy is a French engineer and a CNES and ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Longeville-lès-Metz, France
    • Profession: Astronaut, Flight test engineer, Engineer
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    Jean-Jacques Favier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Jean-Jacques Favier is a French engineer and a former CNES astronaut who flew aboard the STS-78 NASA Space Shuttle mission. Favier was due to fly aboard the Columbia mission in 2003, but later signed out of the mission. more

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    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Kehl, Germany
    • Profession: Astronaut, Engineer
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    Jean-Loup Chrétien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien is a French retired Général de Brigade in the Armée de l'Air, and a former CNES spationaut. He flew on two Franco-Soviet space missions and a NASA Space Shuttle mission. Chrétien was the first Frenchman and the first western European in space. more

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    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
    • Profession: Astronaut, Fighter pilot
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    Jean-Pierre Haigneré is a French Air Force officer and a former CNES astronaut. Haigneré was born in Paris, France and joined the French Air Force, where he trained as a test pilot. He flew on two missions to the Mir space station in 1993 and 1999. The Mir Altair long-duration mission in 1993 also ...more

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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Astronaut
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    Léopold Eyharts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force, an engineer and ESA astronaut. more

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    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Biarritz, France
    • Profession: Flight engineer, Astronaut
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    Michel Tognini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Michel Ange-Charles Tognini is a French test pilot, Brigadier General in the French Air Force, and a former CNES and ESA astronaut who serves from 01.01.2005 to 01.11.2011 as Head of the European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency. A veteran of two space flights, Tognini has logged a total of ...more

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    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Vincennes, France
    • Profession: Astronaut
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    Patrick Baudry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Astronauts from France
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    Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the French Air Force and a former CNES astronaut. In 1985, he became the second French citizen in space, after Jean-Loup Chrétien, when he flew aboard NASA's Space Shuttle mission STS-51-G. more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Douala, Wouri, Cameroon
    • Profession: Astronaut, Fighter pilot
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