Famous People

Topic specific French practice exercises

Some French speakers are famous just in their country, others are globally recognised. Meet and greet French celebrities, sports stars, artists, architects and more while practising and improving your language skills with these exercises.

  • Actress Anne Dorval
    listening exercise

    Claire tells us about her favourite actress, French-Canadian Anne Dorval.
  • Beyoncé
    listening exercise

    The famous singer introduces herself.
  • Florence Foresti
    listening exercise

    Élodie tells us about Lyon-born, famous stand-up Florence Foresti.
  • Hello! I'm Mario!
    listening exercise

    The famous plumber introduces himself.
  • I, Louis XIV
    listening exercise

    The French king Louis XIV tells us about himself.
  • Juliette Binoche
    listening exercise

    The famous French actress tells us about herself.
  • Didier Drogba, my favourite football [US:soccer] player
    listening exercise

    A father discusses his football [US:soccer] idol Didier Drogba with his daughter.
  • La première astronome
    listening exercise

    Edmée Chandon, first French female astronomist, tells us about herself.
  • Marie-Antoinette
    listening exercise

    Here's a quick biography of Marie-Antoinette, "last" queen of France (pre-French Revolution).
  • Mime Marceau
    listening exercise

    Xavier is a big fan of the world famous Strasbourg-born mime.
  • Napoleon, a Corsican emperor
    listening exercise

    Did you know that French emperor Napoleon was from Corsica?
  • Saïd Taghmaoui
    listening exercise

    Learn about this famous French-Moroccan-American actor.
  • Who am I?
    listening exercise

    A French author is introducing herself: will you guess who she is?
  • Who am I?
    listening exercise

    Guess who this important figure of the French Resistance is.
  • Who is this writer ?
    listening exercise

    Guess who this French writer is!
  • Zidane
    listening exercise

    The most famous French footballer [US:soccer player] introduces himself.
  • Lettre à France - Michel Polnareff
    Reading exercise

    Enjoy French singer Michel Polnareff's cult love "letter" to France, and sing along while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • L’œuvre d’Émile Zola
    listening exercise

    Learn more about famous French writer Emile Zola.
  • My idol Roger Federer
    listening exercise

    Philippe tells us why he admires the famous Swiss tennisman so much.
  • Queen Elizabeth II's death
    listening exercise

    Here's a French news announcement about the death of the long-reigning British Queen.
  • Simone Veil
    listening exercise

    Irène introduces this larger-than-life French magistrate and politician.
  • C'est qui Coluche ?
    Reading exercise

    Learn about French icon Coluche in this cute animated video.
  • Comme d'habitude - Claude François
    Reading exercise

    Discover the lyrics of "Comme d'habitude", the original French version of Sinatra's "My Way", while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • Édith Piaf - portrait français
    Reading exercise

    Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer and international star. Read and listen to our bilingual article, then listen to a few of her classic songs.
  • France Gall, la groupie du pianiste
    Reading exercise

    France Gall passed away in January 2018. Learn about this French singer with a unique voice in our bilingual article.
  • Les Fêtes Johanniques de Reims
    Reading exercise

    Learn about Reims's historical celebration commemorating Charles VII's coronation, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
  • Lupin - Interview d'Omar Sy (Séries françaises)
    Reading exercise

    Listen to the awesome French actor Omar Sy tell us how TV show "Lupin" came to be, while practising your French reading and listening comprehension.
  • Marie Curie
    Reading exercise

    Ready for two minutes of women's history? Listen to French kids talking about renowned scientist Marie Curie in this cute video.
  • Omar Sy - Interview Cinéma
    Reading exercise

    French actor Omar Sy is known for a number of international hits, including Les Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World. In this interview, he talks (quickly!) about some of his favorite movies.
  • Qui sont-ils ? Les Frères Bogdanoff
    Reading exercise

    Learn about France's most famous twins, while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • "Arab blues"
    listening exercise

    Discover this French-speaking comedy and its French-Tunisian director Manele Labidi.
  • Jules Verne and Nantes
    listening exercise

    Learn about famous French author Jules Verne and his hometown Nantes.
  • Laure Manaudou
    listening exercise

    Learn about the exceptional career of one of the best French swimmers of all time.
  • Louis XIV and the artists
    listening exercise

    Learn about Louis XIV's passion for the arts, which didn't come without an ambition to control his own image.
  • Louise Bourgeois
    listening exercise

    Marie-Claire tells us about her favourite French artist.
  • The Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon
    listening exercise

    Marie's son dreams of studying at this world-renowned French cooking school.
  • The Ritz hotel in Paris
    listening exercise

    Learn about one of the most iconic hotels in Paris.
  • Thomas Pesquet
    listening exercise

    Learn about France's most famous astronaut.
  • Basique - OrelSan
    Reading exercise

    Practise your French rapping skills with OrelSan's "Basique".
  • Bruxelles je t'aime - Angèle
    Reading exercise

    Celebrate the Belgian capital with Angèle's upbeat love song to Brussels, while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • Charles Aznavour s'éteint à 94 ans
    Reading exercise

    Famed French-Armenian singer passed away in October 2018. Watch this video highlighting aspects of his talented career, then scroll down for the transcript in our bilingual reader.
  • Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"
    Reading exercise

    Learn about the story behind the unique way Claude Monet's Water Lilies are displayed, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
  • Décès de l'ancien président Jacques Chirac, l'animal politique
    Reading exercise

    Former French president and mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac passed away on 26 September 2019. Learn about the legacy of this political animal in this video from France24.
  • Héritage de Johnny Hallyday
    Reading exercise

    Despite being French, Johnny Hallyday wrote his will in the United States, which allowed him to disinherit his children. Find out how they're challenging the will and whether they have a case in this video.
  • Jean de La Fontaine (Portraits français)
    Reading exercise

    Learn about French poet Jean de La Fontaine, while practising your French reading and listening skills.
  • Johnny Hallyday : 1943-2017
    Reading exercise

    Watch this hommage to Johnny Hallyday, a French rock and roll legend who died in December 2017.
  • Joséphine Baker au Panthéon
    Reading exercise

    Learn about the decision to welcome Josephine Baker into the French Panthéon, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
  • L'Appel du 18 Juin 1940
    Reading exercise

    The Appeal of 18 June is considered the origin of the French Resistance during World War II. Learn how it came about in this French video with transcript and translation.
  • La Bohème - Charles Aznavour
    Reading exercise

    Travel to the old Montmartre with this classic song by Charles Aznavour, "La Bohème", while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • Réalisatrices françaises
    Reading exercise

    In honour of International Women's Day on 8th March, we're celebrating and highlighting the top 5 female film directors in the world of Francophone cinema.
  • Sans toi - Pomme
    Reading exercise

    Sing along with French singer Pomme's pop folk song "Sans toi", while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
  • "Les Fleurs du Mal"
    listening exercise

    Learn about French poet Baudelaire's conception of beauty and poetry.
  • “Mon rêve familier” de Paul Verlaine
    listening exercise

    Here's one of Paul Verlaine's most famous poems, where he reminisces about dreaming about a perfect woman.
  • Claude Nougaro and Toulouse
    listening exercise

    Learn about the Toulouse-born singer and his deep connection to the Pink City.
  • Coco Chanel
    listening exercise

    A short biography of this extraordinary woman who became a fashion icon.
  • Coluche
    listening exercise

    The French comedian is still much loved in France, 30 years after his death.
  • Édith Piaf
    listening exercise

    Here's a short biography of one of France's most beloved singers.
  • French director Ladj Ly and "Les Misérables".
    listening exercise

    French director Ladj Ly on his film "Les Misérables".
  • Jean-Marc Vallée
    listening exercise

    Nathan and Florence discuss the late Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée.
  • Léopold Sédar Senghor
    listening exercise

    Fatima tells us about one the greatest Francophone writers.
  • Proust's madeleine
    listening exercise

    Learn the origin of this popular French expression.
  • Rimbaud's poem "Voyelles"
    listening exercise

    Learn about one of Rimbaud's most famous poems.
  • The feminist revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
    listening exercise

    Bastien tells us about this extraordinary humanist writer from 18th century France.
  • Chez Victor Hugo à Guernesey
    Reading exercise

    Discover Victor Hugo's amazing mansion Hauteville House on the island of Guernsey, while practising your French reading and listening comprehension.
  • Henri Matisse au Centre Pompidou
    Reading exercise

    Enjoy a fascinating retrospective on French painter Henri Matisse at the Pompidou Center in Paris, while practising your French listening comprehension.
  • Jeanne d'Arc (Portraits français)
    Reading exercise

    Learn about Joan of Arc - Jeanne d'Arc - while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing - Une rétrospective en images
    Reading exercise

    Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died of Covid-19 on 2 December, 2020, at the age of 94. Take a look back at his life and career in this video from Le Monde.
  • Victor Hugo (Portraits français)
    Reading exercise

    Learn more about famous author Victor Hugo, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
  • La Vie En Rose - Édith Piaf (Le Présent + Vocabulaire)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Practise your French conjugations in Le Présent Indicatif and some French A1 vocabulary with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz exercise

  • Peindre comme Cézanne (Vocabulaire)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Practise your Painting vocabulary in French with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz!

  • Au Musée du quai Branly (Vocabulaire)
    Subject mastery Kwiz

    Practise your Museum vocabulary in French with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz!

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