Bastille Day 2013: Our 10 Fave French (and Faux French) Celebs

July 14, 2013 11:06 am
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Vive la France!

Although America may have had its Independence Day celebration already, we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate today with our friends in France. Who doesn’t love a reason to eat, drink, and party?

In honor of Bastille Day, which is known in France as La Fête Nationale, we’re listing five of our favorite French-born celebrities, along with five others with French connections. From Paris native David Guetta to always-in-Paris Kanye West, see which Hollywood stars make the cut in: French vs. Faux French.

French

David Guetta

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1. David Guetta has collaborated with some of the music industry’s most-talented artists, spanning from house to hip-hop, and he continues to produce some of today’s hit songs. The 45-year-old DJ was born in Paris, France.

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Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

2. Although Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the NBA finals, he has a reason to celebrate today! The 31-year-old basketball player comes from a long line of Frenchman, as he, too, was raised in France.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

3. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Michael Vartan is a French-American actor best known for his roles in TV shows like Alias and Hawthorne. The dreamy-eyed 44-year-old also starred in movies such as Never Been Kissed and Monster-in-Law.

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Valery Hache / Getty Images

4. Is there anything that mademoiselle Audrey Tautou can’t do? The French-born star has appeared in films (The Da Vinci Code), theater productions, on television screens, and has also modeled for brands such as Chanel and L’Oréal.

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Ian Gavan / Getty Images

5. Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, was born in Paris, and has certainly made her mark in Hollywood. Her most recent leading roles include Inception, Midnight in Paris, Contagion, and The Dark Knight Rises. Je t’aime, Marion!

Faux French

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Mark Davis / Getty Images

1. Johnny Depp moved to France to raise his two children, Lily-Rose Melody and John “Jack” Christopher III, with his now-ex lady love, French actress Vanessa Paradis. But, lo and behold, this faux Frenchman was born in Owensboro, Kentucky.

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Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

2. If it wasn’t for the recent birth of his daughter, North West, then Kanye West would probably be in Paris. Yeezy has spent quite sometime there, recording his latest album, Yeezus, and launching his own designer collection.

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Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

3. Halle Berry and French beau Oliver Martinez couldn’t have picked a better weekend to tie the knot … in France! However, the actress is holding off her family’s move until her daughter, Nahla, is older. “It probably won’t be until my daughter is 18 and off to college,” Halle has said. “When Nahla turns 18, she’ll be legally able to make her own decisions about where she wants to be and I think that then, when she’s off on her own, we’ll move there. It’s where I want to end my days, that’s for sure.”

Francois Guillot / AFP

Francois Guillot / AFP

4. Known for his role in the Hangover trilogy, Bradley Cooper became fluent in French at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and spent six months in an exchange program in Aix-en-Provence, France. But don’t be fooled by his way with words … this faux Frenchman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Robyn Beck / AFP

5. Award-winning actress Jodie Foster, 50, became fluent in French after attending the Lycée Français de Los Angeles. Due to her fluency in the language and constant work in France, Jodie — who is a Los Angeles native! — has also landed most of the leading roles of the French versions of her films.


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