Mata Hari - c. 1910 - Paris -

Margaretha Geertruida "M'greet" Zelle McLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

Camille Claudel (1864–1943)

Camille Claudel, at work. Artist and sculptor, Auguste Rodin took credit for several of her art pieces and had her committed to an asylum when she tried to tell people what he was doing.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944, Mort pour la France), was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

Author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his Lightning. Read some of his books: Night Flight or Wind, Sand and Stars. He loved flying, but he also had a great touch with humanity.

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir (Inspirational Woman Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.

Irène Joliot-Curie (1897 – 1956) was a French scientist, the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie.  She was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935 for the discovery of artificial radioactivity. This made the Curies the family with the most Nobel laureates to date.  She died of leukemia from accumulated radiation exposure.

Irène Joliot-Curie French scientist, the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Jointly with her husband, Joliot-Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.

Marie Curie and her daughters Irène and Eve  sitting on a bench in the garden, 1905

Débris de Rêves Marie Curie and daughters Irene and Eve, (Archive Photos…

Colette, Paris, 1932

Colette “ I am devoted to those who endured, like Colette. It is easier to kiss the world a bitter goodbye than to go on working, writing, changing, enduring the slings and arrows of.

Josephine Baker in the uniform of the Women's Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force. By the autumn of 1944 she had raised 3,143,000F for the French war effort and was awarded the honorary rank of sub-lieutenant in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force, Les Filles De L'Air.  She gained her pilot license in 1933! Photographed at the Savoy Hotel, London April 1945 ~

Josephine Baker during her time in the French military. La Baker received France's highest accolades for her work with the Maquis during WWII. A true heroine.

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir, the day she was selling the banned newspaper La Cause du Peuple on the streets.

Portrait of Bernard and Annabel Buffet by Richard Avedon, Paris, 1959

Bernard Buffet - Painter - and wife Annabel Buffet - Paris - 1959 © Richard Avedon

Leon Blum. En mai 1946, ambassadeur extraordinaire à Washington, il signe des accords financiers avec le secrétaire d'Etat américain Byrnes. Léon Blum n'a pas particulièrement joué un rôle marquant en tant qu'homme d'état, mais il a dominé le personnel politique de son époque, aussi ben par sa culture et sa finesse intellectuelle que par des convictions personnelles puisées dans son idéal socialiste et son humanisme.

Leon Blum. En mai 1946, ambassadeur extraordinaire à Washington, il signe des accords financiers avec le secrétaire d'Etat américain Byrnes. Léon Blum n'a pas particulièrement joué un rôle marquant en tant qu'homme d'état, mais il a dominé le personnel politique de son époque, aussi ben par sa culture et sa finesse intellectuelle que par des convictions personnelles puisées dans son idéal socialiste et son humanisme.

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