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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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1
67 28
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Novels
Victor Hugo

2
52 20
Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Novels
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

3
59 26
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

4
42 14
The Red and the Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Novels

5
50 21
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

6
54 25
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

7
53 26
Madame Bovary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Novels
Gustave Flaubert

8
41 17
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Novels

9
51 33
In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Novels
Marcel Proust

10
28 13
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Novels

11
28 14
The Plague is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

12
21 8
Lost illusions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Honoré de Balzac

13
31 17
Les Fleurs du mal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Novels
Charles Baudelaire

14
23 10
The Charterhouse of Parma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Novels

15
27 14
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Novels

16
21 9
Eugénie Grandet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Honoré de Balzac

17
23 11
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Novels
Albert Camus

18
35 24
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Novels
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

19
20 10
The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Novels
Alexandre Dumas

20
26 16
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Novels
Gaston Leroux

21
15 8
The Camp of the Saints is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Jean Raspail

22
11 5
Le Père Goriot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Novels
PrabhatDevkota added Honoré de Balzac

23
15 9
Diary of a Country Priest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Novels
Mollevangsvagen added Georges Bernanos

24
17 12
The Misanthrope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Novels
Moliere

25
13 8
Les Liaisons dangereuses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Novels
stubb added Pierre Choderlos de Laclos