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Listing all celebrities from France who live or lived in Switzerland. Click on a name for details.

Abauzit, Firmin (1679-1767) Scientist
Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, he was brought as a child to Geneva, haven of religious freedom for his family. Endowed with a
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Adjani, Isabelle (1955-) Movie star
This French actress settled in Geneva in 1996 to raise her two children. Born Isabelle Adjanian in Paris on June 27, 1955, she concentrated on her st
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Afflelou, Alain (1944-) Businessman
The French optician has lived in Switzerland since 1998. Alain Afflelou was born in Algeria in 1948. The son of bakers, he left to study in France in
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Alesi, Jean (1964-) F1 driver
The French Formula 1 driver lives in Nyon, near Geneva. Jean Alesi was born to Sicilian parents in 1964 in Montfavet, near Avignon. His passion for au
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Anouilh, Jean (1910-1987) Writer
The famous French conservative theater author, born in Bordeau and one time assistant of Louis Jouvet, came to Pully (a poshy suburb of Lausanne) for
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Aznavour, Charles (1924-) Music star
Born Varenagh Aznavourian, French singer Charles Aznavour has made singing his career for over 55 years, with hundreds of albums in several languages
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Balthus,  (1908-2001) Painter
Considered a living legend of painting, Balthus lived 23 years in Rossinière in an area known as the Pays d'Enhaut or Highlands. Balthazar Klo
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Béjart, Maurice (1927-) Dancer
The illustrious dancer and choreographer has run the Béjart Ballet Lausanne since 1987. Born in Marseilles in 1927, Maurice Béjart was trained
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Berda, ClaudeBusinessman
Président du groupe AB, producteur du sitcom "Hélène et les garçons" et magnat de la TV numérique, Mr Berda s'est installé en Suisse en 1996.
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Bergson, Henri (1859-1941) Philosopher
This famous French philosopher lived in Vevey from 1937 to 1940.
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Boetsch, Arnaud (1969-) Tennisman
The French tennis player has lived in Geneva since 1991. Born in Meulin, Alsace in 1969, Arnaud Boetsch began playing tennis at the age of eight, foll
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Bouygues, Corinne (1948-) Heir
The heiress to the Bouygues fortune lives in Geneva. Born in 1958, Corinne Bouygues is the daughter of industrialist Francis Bouygues. At the age of 2
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Brillat-Savarin, Jean-Anthelmes (1755-1826) Writer
Brilliant lawyer at the Court of Cassation and highly skilled gastronome known for his "Physiology of Taste", Brillat Savarin was forced t
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Calvin, Jean (1509-1564) Religious leader
Le juriste français a fait de Genève la Rome protestante. Né à Noyon en Picardie (France), Calvin fut certes destiné à devenir prêtre mais il préfér
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Chanel, Coco (1883-1971) Businessman
The empress of fashion lived in upper Lausanne for ten years. Gabrielle Chanel was born in 1883 in a hospice in Saumur. Her mother was abandon
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Claparède, René-Edouard (1832-1871) Scientist
Originally from Languedoc, the Claparède family found refuge in Geneva after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685 and was
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Clavel, Bernard (1923-) Writer
This French writer and winner of the 1968 Goncourt prize for Les Fruits de l'Hiver (The fruit of winter) is one of the most prolific authors of his ge
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Cordier, Mathurin (1479-1564) Writer
After his studies at Paris University, he began an ecclesiastic career but at the age of thirty-five, with a highly developed taste for literature
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Courbet, Gustave (1819-1877) Painter
The famous realist french painter Courbet joined the communist insurrection known as "La Commune" in 1871 and was responsible for the art museums of P
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d'Aubigné, Agrippa (1552-1630) Writer
Man of letters and man of war, Agrippa d’Aubigné was born in the area surrounding Pons (Saintonge) in 1552. At first, companion of Henry IV, he r
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Dard, Frédéric (1921-2000) Writer
L'auteur des San-Antonio a vécu dans le canton de Fribourg dès 1974. Frédéric Dard est né à Bourgoin-Jallieu, dans l'Isère, en 1921. Ses parents trava
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de Bèze, Théodore (1519-1605) Writer
Descended from the Burgundian nobility, Théodore de Bèze was born in Vezelay in 1519. His humanist education turned him into a remarkable poet and
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de Saussure, Horace-Bénédict (1740-1799) Scientist
The Saussure family, whose fame has spread in Geneva, as it has abroad, came originally from Lorraine. They sought refuge in Geneva at the time
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de Sellon, Jean-Jacques (1782-1839) Politician
This philanthropic Genevan, hard-line supporter of the abolition of the death penalty, was born of a family originating from Nîmes, who sought refug
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Delon, Alain (1935-) Movie star
Born November 8, 1935 in Sceaux, Alain Delon is a true legend of French cinema. Before becoming an actor, he worked as a butcher's helper. At
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Dreyfus, Robert Louis (1934-) Businessman
Shrewd manager of Adidas and a very rich man, Robert Louis-Dreyfus lives in Davos but commutes by helicopter to his factories in Germany.
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Estienne, Robert (1503-1559) Businessman
From a noble family of Parisian typographers, Robert Estienne was in contact with humanist circles throughout Europe. He adopted the Reformists' be
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Forget, Guy (1965-) Tennisman
Born in 1965 in Casablanca, Morocco, the French tennis player currently lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Tennis is a family passion: his grandfather a
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Gambetta, Léon (1838-1882) Politician
Léon Gambetta was one of the founders of the French Third Republic. An eloquent lawyer, he became known for defending opponents of Napoleon II
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Guelfi, André (1919-) Businessman
Born in 1919 in Mazagan, Morocco, French businessman André Guelfi lived in Switzerland for over 25 years. His father was a Corsican military officer
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Jacq, Christian (1947-) Writer
Christian Jacq, écrivain égyptologue français, est né à Paris en 1947. Dès son plus jeune âge il tombe amoureux de l'Egypte ancienne et de sa cultur
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Kaas, Patricia (1966-) Music star
The French singer who has sold over 10 million albums has lived in Zurich since December 2000. Born in Forbach in 1966, Patricia Kaas is the youngest
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Killy, Jean-Claude (1943-) Sport star
The French ski champion and member of the International Olympics Committee has lived in Geneva since 1969. Jean-Claude Killy was born in Saint-Cloud i
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Laforêt, Marie (1939-) Music star
The French actress and singer known as the girl with the golden eyes has lived in Geneva since 1978. Born Maïtena Doumenach to a family of Armeni
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Leconte, Henri (1964-) Tennisman
The famous French tennis player has lived on the shores of Lake Geneva since 1995. Born in 1963 in Liller, Henri Leconte took tennis lessons throughou
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Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-1789) Painter
This famous painter, engraver and pastelliste, was born of parents who found refuge in Geneva at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes
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Martin, Jacques (1920-) Writer
The comic artist who created Alix has lived in Switzerland since 1984. Jacques Martin was born in September, 1920, in Strasbourg. He began his tra
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Morand, Paul (1888-1976) Writer
The french writer loved so much Vevey that he spent 20 years of his life there. He was particularly fond of the possibility of going everywhere either
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Napoléon III,  (1808-1873) King
Le président de la Deuxième République puis Empereur des Français passa sa jeunesse en Suisse. Napoléon III est né en 1808, à Paris. Fils de Louis Bo
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Noah, Yannik (1960-) Tennisman
This French tennis player and singer used to own a home in Montreux. Born in Sedan in 1960, Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian socce
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Prost, Alain (1955-) F1 driver
French race car driver Alain Prost has lived in Switzerland since 1983. Nicknamed The Professor by his admirers, this four-time Formula 1 World Champi
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Quinet, Edgar (1803-1875) Politician
The French politician, historian and philosopher sought asylum in Switzerland between 1851 and 1875
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Reclus, Elisee (1830-1907) Scientist
Geographer Elisée Reclus lived over over 22 years in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Born in 1830, he initially went to the Protestant Colle
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Robert, Paul (1910-1980) Scientist
The author of the renowned "Robert" dictionary lived in Switzerland.
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Ronjat, Etienne (1657-1737) Scientist
First doctor of his Majesty William III of England, the french man came in Vevey at 63 until his death. He led many charity works and was later made
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Verneuil, Henri (1920-) Movie star
French movie director of Armenian decent, who lived for years in Lausanne and recently moved to Geneva.
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Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène (1814-1879) Scientist
Viollet-le-Duc was one of the finest 19th century connaisseur of Medieval architecture. Born in Paris, he helped transform many older buildings such a
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Voltaire, Jean-Marie (1694-1778) Philosopher
Le philosophe et homme de lettres a habité Genève et Lausanne dès 1753. Fils d'un trésorier de la chambre des comptes, François-Marie Arouet est né en
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Walras, Léon (1834-1910) Scientist
The great neo-classical economist could not teach in France and thus fled to Lausanne, where he founded a new school at the University. Later he took
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Warren, Réginald (1910-1994) Politician
Following a career in the English military, Warren lived near Lausanne
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Zannier, Roger (1946-) Businessman
The owner of the Zannier group, a manufacturer of children wear (like the Kickers shoes), with sales over Sfr 1 billion, Mr Zannier came in 1998 in Sw
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André Guelfi
(1919 - ) Businessman
Born in 1919 in Mazagan, Morocco, French businessman André Guelfi lived in Switzerland for over 25 years. His father was a Corsican military officer. He had already demonstrated a keen sense of business by the age of ten, when he drove tourists along the beach. In 1936, he was hired by a local bank to work as a debt collector, for which he earned a 15% commission. Soon he was earning more than the bank manager himself. André Guelfi invested his hard-earned money in sardine fishing: he inve >>>
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