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

People include everything from Pierre de Beaumarchais to Chevalier d'Eon.

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

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Alexandre Colonna-Walewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Alexandre Colonna-Walewski Died at 58 (1810-1868) Alexandre Florian Joseph, Count Colonna-Walewski, was a Polish and French politician and diplomat. Walewski was widely rumoured to be the illegitimate son of Napoleon I by his mistress, Countess ...more

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André François-Poncet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
André François-Poncet Died at 91 (1887-1978) André François-Poncet was a French politician and diplomat whose post as ambassador to Germany allowed him to witness first-hand the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi ...more

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Ange-Élisabeth-Louis-Antoine B... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Ange-Élisabeth-Louis-Antoine Bonnier Died at 50 (1749-1799) Ange-Élisabeth-Louis-Antoine Bonnier d'Alco was a French diplomat during the French Revolution. A representative of Hérault in the Legislative Assembly and of the National ...more

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Arthur de Gobineau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Arthur de Gobineau Died at 66 (1816-1882) Joseph Arthur, Comte de Gobineau was a French aristocrat, novelist and man of letters who became famous for developing the theory of the Aryan master race in his book An Essay on the Inequality ...more

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Auguste Casimir-Perier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Auguste Casimir-Perier Died at 65 (1811-1876) Auguste Victor Laurent Casimir-Perier was a French diplomat and political leader. He was the son of Casimir Pierre Perier and the father of President Jean Casimir-Perier. He entered the ...more

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Balthasar de Monconys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Balthasar de Monconys Died at 54 (1611-1665) Balthasar de Monconys was a French traveller, diplomat, physicist and magistrate, who left a diary, which was published by his son as Journal des voyages de Monsieur de Monconys, Conseiller du ...more

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Benoît de Maillet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Benoît de Maillet Died at 82 (1656-1738) Benoît de Maillet was a well-travelled French diplomat and natural historian. He was French consul general at Cairo, and overseer in the Levant. He formulated an evolutionary hypothesis to ...more

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Blaise de Vigenère is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Blaise de Vigenère Died at 73 (1523-1596) Blaise de Vigenère was a French diplomat, cryptographer, translator and alchemist.

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César Gabriel de Choiseul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
César Gabriel de Choiseul Died at 73 (1712-1785) César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin was a French officer, diplomat and statesman. On 30 April 1732, he married Anne Marie de Champagne de Villaines de la Suze. After having served ...more

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Charles Ancillon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles Ancillon Died at 56 (1659-1715) Charles Ancillon was a French jurist and diplomat. Ancillon was born in Metz into a distinguished family of Huguenots. His father, David Ancillon, was obliged to leave France on the revocation ...more

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Charles de Marillac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles de Marillac Died at 50 (1510-1560) Charles de Marillac was a French prelate and diplomat.

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Charles de Téligny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles de Téligny Died at 37 (1535-1572) Charles de Téligny was a French soldier and diplomat.

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Charles Gravier, comte de Verg... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes Died at 70 (1717-1787) Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes was a French statesman and diplomat. He served as Foreign Minister from 1774 during the reign of Louis XVI, notably during the American War of Independence. ...more

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Charles Le Gendre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles Le Gendre Died at 69 (1830-1899) Charles William Joseph Émile Le Gendre was a French-born American general and diplomat, who served as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Empire of Japan from 1872 to 1875 ...more

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Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord Died at 84 (1754-1838) Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent, then prince de Talleyrand, was a French bishop, politician and diplomat. Due to a lame leg, he was not able to ...more

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Charles-François de Broglie, m... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec Died at 62 (1719-1781) Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, was a French soldier and diplomat from an ancient, noble and distinguished French military family. Styled Marquis de Ruffec, he served for ...more

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Chevalier d'Eon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Chevalier d'Eon Died at 82 (1728-1810) Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont, usually known as the Chevalier d'Éon, was a French diplomat, spy, freemason and soldier who ...more

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Daniel Bernard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Daniel Bernard Died at 63 (1941-2004) Daniel Bernard was a French diplomat who served as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Algeria. He is remembered for a controversial remark about Israel.

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Jean de Dinteville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jean de Dinteville Died at 51 (1504-1555) Jean de Dinteville was a French diplomat. He is the left-hand figure in Holbein's 1533 painting The Ambassadors, painted whilst he was French ambassador to London, and which he presumably ...more

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Dominique de Villepin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Dominique de Villepin age 64 Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin is a French politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from 31 May 2005 to 17 May 2007. A career diplomat, Villepin ...more

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Édith Cresson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Édith Cresson age 84 Édith Cresson is a French politician. She was the first and so far only woman to have held the office of Prime Minister of France.

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Étienne de Poncher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Étienne de Poncher Died at 78 (1446-1524) Étienne de Poncher was a French prelate and diplomat. After studying law he was early provided with a prebend, and became councillor at the parlement of Paris in 1485 and president of the ...more

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Étienne François, duc de Chois... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Étienne François, duc de Choiseul Died at 66 (1719-1785) Étienne-François, comte de Stainville, duc de Choiseul was a French military officer, diplomat and statesman. Between 1758 and 1761, and 1766 and 1770, he was Foreign Minister of ...more

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Ferdinand de Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Ferdinand de Lesseps Died at 89 (1805-1894) Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps GCSI was a French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean and Red Seas, substantially reducing sailing ...more

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François de Callières is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
François de Callières Died at 72 (1645-1717) François de Callières, sieur de Rochelay et de Gigny was a member of the Académie française, a diplomat and writer, a special envoy of Louis XIV who was one of three ...more

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François Georges-Picot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
François Georges-Picot Died at 81 (1870-1951) François Marie Denis Georges-Picot, son of historian Georges Picot and grand-uncle of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, was a French diplomat who signed the Sykes–Picot Agreement during ...more

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François Pouqueville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
François Pouqueville Died at 68 (1770-1838) François Charles Hugues Laurent Pouqueville was a French diplomat, writer, explorer, physician and historian, member of the Institut de France. First as the Turkish Sultan's hostage, then ...more

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Georges d'Armagnac is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Georges d'Armagnac Died at 84 (1501-1585) Georges d'Armagnac was a French humanist, patron of arts, Cardinal and diplomat deeply embroiled in the Italian Wars and in the French Wars of Religion.

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Gilles Aycelin de Montaigu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Gilles Aycelin de Montaigu Gilles II Aycelin de Montaigu or Montaigut, Montagu, was a French religious and diplomat who became Lord Chancellor of France, Cardinal from 1361 and bishop of Frascati from 1368. He was the ...more

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Guillaume de Bonne-Carrere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Guillaume de Bonne-Carrere Died at 71 (1754-1825) Guillaume de Bonne-Carrere, French diplomatist, was born at Muret in Languedoc. He began his career in the army, but soon entered the diplomatic service under Vergennes. A friend of Mirabeau and ...more

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Guillaume de Machaut is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Guillaume de Machaut Died at 77 (1300-1377) Guillaume de Machaut was a medieval French poet and composer. He is one of the earliest composers on whom significant biographical information is available. According to Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, ...more

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Hubert Languet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Hubert Languet Died at 63 (1518-1581) Hubert Languet was a French diplomat and reformer. The leading idea of his diplomacy was that of religious and civil liberty for the protection and expansion of Protestantism. He did everything ...more

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Jacques Bongars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jacques Bongars Died at 58 (1554-1612) Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomatist, was born at Orléans, and was brought up in the reformed faith. He obtained his early education at Marburg and Jena, and returning to ...more

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Jacques Lauriston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jacques Lauriston Died at 60 (1768-1828) Jacques Alexandre Bernard Law, marquis de Lauriston was a French soldier and diplomat of Scottish descent, and a general officer in the French army during the Napoleonic Wars. He was born in ...more

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Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marqui... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie Died at 54 (1705-1759) Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie was a French diplomat who engineered the coup d'etat that brought Elizaveta Petrovna to the Russian throne in 1741. In the course of his ...more

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Jean Giraudoux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jean Giraudoux Died at 62 (1882-1944) Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux was a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright. He is considered among the most important French dramatists of the period between World War I and World War II. ...more

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Jean Jouffroy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jean Jouffroy Died at 61 (1412-1473) Jean Jouffroy was a French prelate and diplomat. He was born at Luxeuil-les-Bains. After entering the Benedictine order and teaching at the university of Pavia from 1435 to 1438, he became ...more

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Jean-François Deniau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jean-François Deniau Died at 79 (1928-2007) Jean-François Deniau was a French statesman, diplomat, essayist and novelist. He was until 1998 a member of the UDF.

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Jean-Pierre Levy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jean-Pierre Levy age 83 Jean-Pierre Levy (1935 - ) is a French lawyer, author and diplomat, former Director of the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Born 1935 in Mulhouse (France), he ...more

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John of Gorze is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
John of Gorze Died at 74 (900-974) Saint John of Gorze was a Lorraine-born monk, diplomat, administrator, and monastic reformer.

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Jules Cambon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jules Cambon Died at 90 (1845-1935) Jules-Martin Cambon was a French diplomat and brother to Paul Cambon.

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Jules Patenotre des Noyers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Jules Patenotre des Noyers Died at 80 (1845-1925) Jules Patenôtre des Noyers was a French diplomat. Noyers was born at Baye. Educated at the École Normale Supérieure, he taught for some years in the Algiers lycée ...more

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Léon Geoffray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Léon Geoffray Died at 75 (1852-1927) Léon Marcel Isidore Geoffray was a French diplomat who initiated the way to the Entente cordiale, and was later Ambassador to Madrid.

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Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bour... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne Died at 65 (1769-1834) Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne was a French diplomat.

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Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini Died at 82 (1716-1798) Louis-Jules Barbon Mancini-Mazarin, duc de Nevers was a French diplomat and writer. The Duke was the sixth member elected to occupy seat No. 4 of the Académie française in 1742. In ...more

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Louis, comte de Narbonne-Lara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Louis, comte de Narbonne-Lara Died at 58 (1755-1813) Louis Marie Jacques Amalric, comte de Narbonne-Lara was a French nobleman, soldier and diplomat.

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Maurice Couve de Murville is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Maurice Couve de Murville Died at 92 (1907-1999) Maurice Couve de Murville was a French diplomat and politician who was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1958 to 1968 and Prime Minister from 1968 to 1969 under the presidency of General de ...more

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Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassvill... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville Died at 50 (1743-1793) Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville or Basseville, French journalist and diplomatist, was born at Abbéville. He was trained for the priesthood, taught theology in a provincial seminary and ...more

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Odet de Selve is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Odet de Selve Died at 59 (1504-1563) Odet de Selve was a French diplomat. He was the son of Jean de Selve, first president at the parliaments of Rouen and Bordeaux, vice-chancellor of Milan, and ambassador of the king of France. In ...more

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Paul Cambon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Diplomats from France
Paul Cambon Died at 81 (1843-1924) Pierre Paul Cambon was a French diplomat and brother to Jules Cambon.