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The Best French Novels 

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List Rules Fiction books and novellas by authors from France

List of the best 30 French novels from familiar authors such as Marcel Proust, Albert Camus and Victor Hugo that wrote popular titles. Some titles and authors will be familiar and voting on your favorite will determine the order of the list. The French novels range from adventure stories to political topics to children's books, such as The Little Prince.

The list asks the question, "What is the best French novel?" and offers a variety of options to vote on. If your favorite French novel is not listed, there is an option to add it to the list in order to vote on it and have others vote, as well.

Titles like Les Miserables, The Count of Monte Cristo and Journey to the End of the Night are on the list to be voted on with room to add titles that are not already included.
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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Novels
Victor Hugo
2
The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
3
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus
4
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas
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In Search of Lost Time ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Novels
Marcel Proust
6
Journey to the End of th... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Novels
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
7
Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert
8
The Hunchback of Notre D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Novels
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The Red and the Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Novels
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The Plague is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus
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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Novels
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
12
Twenty Thousand Leagues ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Novels
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The Vicomte of Bragelonn... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas
14
Lost illusions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Honoré de Balzac
15
Around the World in Eigh... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Novels
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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Novels
Gaston Leroux
17
Eugénie Grandet ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac
18
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus
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The Charterhouse of Parm... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Novels
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Le Père Goriot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Novels
PrabhatDevkota added Honoré de Balzac
21
Germinal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola
22
The Counterfeiters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Novels
André Gide
23
Candide, ou l'Optimisme ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Novels
Voltaire
24
Sentimental Education is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert
25
Nana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Novels
Émile Zola