Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.
Miller directed films from the 1970s through to the 2010s. He started out working for Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. Some of his best known films are L’Effrontee, The Little Thief, and Class Trip.
Saint-Saens was a major European composer and pianist of the 19th Century. He is best known for his work The Carnival of the Animals, and the opera Samson and Delilah. His students include Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel.
De Broglie was from the House of Broglie, a noble French family. He held various positions in the Foreign Affairs department during the 1960s. In 1976 he was assassinated by gunshot while leaving his tax advisor’s home.
De Broglie was one of the major scientists of the 20th Century, especially during the physics revolution of the 1910s and 20s. His most influential ideas were in quantum mechanics and the wave-particle duality of light. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1929.
Bonheur is regarded as one of the most famous female painters of the 19th Century. She was known for her paintings involving animals, and some of her works are today displayed at the Musee d’Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Weiss was a part of the European women’s suffrage movement during the 1930s, and later active in the French Resistance during the Second World War. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1979, and the main building of the Parliament is named after her.