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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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Alain Delon
(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 the age of 17, he joined the Navy, and it was only once he returned to France in 1957 that he began his career in acting. He worked in film after film and shot to stardom in 1960 for his performance in Plein Soleil (Purple Noon). The French actor soared to fame for such major box office hits as Le Cercle rouge (The Red Circle), >>>

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