Famous Astronauts from France

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
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    Claudie (André-Deshays) Haigneré (born 13 May 1957) is a French doctor, politician, and former astronaut with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (1985–1999) and the European Space Agency (1999–2002).
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Le Creusot, France
  • Jean-François Clervoy
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    Jean-François André Clervoy (born 19 November 1958) is a French engineer and a CNES and ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Longeville-lès-Metz, France
  • Jean-Jacques Favier
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    Jean-Jacques Favier (Born April 13, 1949) 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 destroyed Columbia mission in 2003, but later signed out of the mission. Jean-Jacques Favier has been Deputy Director for Space Technology and Deputy Director for Advanced Concepts and Strategy at CNES, Director of the Solidification Laboratory at the French Atomic Energy Commission and Research Program Director at the International Space University.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Kehl, Germany
  • Jean-Loup Chrétien
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    Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien (born 20 August 1938) is a French retired Général de Brigade (brigadier general) in the Armée de l'Air (French air force), 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.
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
  • Jean-Pierre Haigneré (born 19 May 1948) is a French Air Force officer and a former CNES spationaut. Jean-Pierre 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 (186 days) in 1993 also included an EVA. In addition to his duties at the European Space Agency, Jean-Pierre Haigneré is also involved in a European space tourism initiative, the Astronaute Club Européen (ACE), which he co-founded with Alain Dupas and Laurent Gathier.
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Léopold Eyharts
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    Léopold Eyharts (born April 28, 1957) is a French Brigadier General in the French Air Force, an engineer and ESA astronaut.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Biarritz, France