Famous French Pairs

Whether they're fictional or real life lovers, one thing remains the same: No one does romance quite like the French

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Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy

The world did a double take when this beauty married the country’s President. The couple are expecting their first child together.

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Leslie Caron & Warren Beatty

The actress’ affair with Beatty broke up her marriage to Peter Hall. A London court later named Beatty a co-respondent in the divorce and ordered him to pay “the costs of the case.”

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Anouk Aimee & Albert Finney

This leading lady was married—and divorced—3 times before she settle down with the legendary British actor. (They later divorced, too)

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Sofia Coppola & Thomas Mars

The Somewhere director will say "I do" later this summer to her longtime French boyfriend (and lead singer of Phoenix) at her family's Italian villa.

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Marcello Mastroianni & Catherine Deneuve

The Italian Casanova had a daughter, Chiara, with the notoriously icy screen icon.

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Isabelle Adjani & Daniel Day Lewis

The French actress has one child, Gabriel, with the Oscar winning actor. The pair split after 6 years together.

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Jean Cocteau & Jean Marais

Marais was Cocteau’s muse and lover until the director’s death.

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Jules & Jim & Catherine (from Jules and Jim)

You’ll have to watch this famous Truffaunt film to find out how this friendship-turned-love triangle goes sour. (Don’t they all?)

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Marion Cotillard & Guillaume Canet

The Oscar winner and her actor/director mate did things the old fashioned French way: Baby before marriage.

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Brigitte Bardot & Roger Vadim

The director gave the buxom beauty (seen here with Vadim in a ski lift) her big break when he cast her in a movie and later, married her.

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Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis

The A-list American ex-pat and his gap-toothed model girlfriend call Le Plan-de-la-Tour in the South of France home.

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Simone de Bouvier & Jean Paul Sarte

The philosophers first met as students at the Sorbonne and had a wildly famous open relationship that spanned their entire adulthood (the couple often shared lovers).

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Serge Gainsbough & Jane Birkin

Daughter Charlotte aside, their sexy duet album “Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus” is the best thing to come from this singer/ actress duo.

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Isabel Walker + Edgar Cossett (in Le Divorce)

A quintessential French agreement: an older man takes a young mistress and showers her with gifts, like a much-coveted Birkin bag.

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Meg Ryan & Kevin Kline (in French Kiss)

Ryan plays a woman travelling to France to win her fiancé back. Along the way she meets a charming thief (Kline) who loops her into his next heist.

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Jean Seberg & Jean-Paul Belmondo (from Breathless)

The small-time crook (Belmondo) and young American student (Seberg) become infatuated with one another as they run from the police, hoping to make it to Italy.

Louis XIV & Marie Antoinette

Sure, it was an arranged marriage, but when their countrymen turned on them, Louis and Marie turned to each other.

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Napoleon & Josephine

She was a jailed widow who lost her first husband to the guillotine, but it was her stormy affair with the emperor 6 years her junior that made Josephine a household name. When she failed to produce him a child, they divorced. How’s that for a whirlwind romance?

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Auguste Rodin & Camille Claudel

The promising young artist was model, assistant and later lover (portrayed here by Isabelle Adjani) to the already established sculptor.

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Marcel Cerdan & Edith Piaf

He was married with children, but that didn’t stop France’s most-prized boxer from having an affair with the famous songstress.



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First Published June 20, 2011

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