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Presidents of France

Try to name the 25 different people to serve as President of France.
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Republic
Years
President
Fifth
2017–
Emmanuel Macron
Fifth
2012–2017
François Hollande
Fifth
2007–2012
Nicolas Sarkozy
Fifth
1995–2007
Jacques Chirac
Fifth
1981–1995
François Mitterrand
Fifth
1974–1981
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Fifth
1969–1974
Georges Pompidou
Fifth
1959–1969
Charles de Gaulle
Fourth
1954–1959
René Coty
Fourth
1947–1954
Vincent Auriol
Third
1932–1940
Albert Lebrun
Third
1931–1932
Paul Doumer
Third
1924–1931
Gaston Doumergue
Republic
Years
President
Third
1920–1924
Alexandre Millerand
Third
1920
Paul Deschanel
Third
1913–1920
Raymond Poincaré
Third
1906–1913
Armand Fallières
Third
1899–1906
Émile Loubet
Third
1895–1899
Félix Faure
Third
1894–1895
Jean Casimir-Perier
Third
1887–1894
Marie François Sadi Carnot
Third
1879–1887
Jules Grévy
Third
1873–1879
Patrice de Mac-Mahon
Third
1871–1873
Adolphe Thiers
Second
1848–1852
Louis–Napoléon Bonaparte
49 Comments
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Level 72
May 7, 2017
Napoleon not acceptable as a type in? Come on!
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Level ∞
May 7, 2017
Should it be? I'm not sure. Maybe a French person can weigh in.
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Level 65
May 8, 2017
I think Napoleon should be accepted. He is usually known as Napoleon III and most people do not know that his first name is in fact Louis-Napoleon.

This question tripped me up at first when I tried to write Napoleon.

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Level 67
May 8, 2017
Indeed he is mostly known as Napoleon III
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Level 69
May 8, 2017
I don't think it should. I think writing solely Napoleon implies the first one too much.
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Level 69
May 8, 2017
Bonaparte also stands for Napoleon I so that doesn't change anything. I am French and I definitely think Napoleon should be accepted. Also Giscard should be enough for Giscard d'Estaing.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2017
Napoleon will work now
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Level 43
May 9, 2017
It's easier with Napoleon accepted, I think it's ok like that.

But I think useful to remind that "Napoléon III" was his denomination as emperor whereas "Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte" was his denomination as president, which is quite different !

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Level 65
May 10, 2017
I think it is good that Napoleon is accepted
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Level 65
May 13, 2017
It shoudn't be because it's not correct.

Napoleon is Napoleon the 1st and not Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte.

Napoleon never became a French president - they are not the same person

Plus, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte became Napoleon III but as an Emperor not as president...

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Level 61
Oct 16, 2019
If only one of each name is allowed, who let so many Louis's become king in France?
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Level 57
Apr 29, 2021
i'm french and I don't think "napoleon" should be accepted since it is related to his "emperorship ?" and not mandateas president of the II republic
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Level 76
May 8, 2017
Any chance of being a little more forgiving with the spelling for Giscard d'Estaing? That final "i" is sneaky and I had all the rest correct!
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Level 55
May 8, 2017
It could be accepted without the final "g", but the last "i" is important
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Level 86
May 8, 2017
Giscard should be enough. It's a bit colloquial, but many people just say that. VGE might be accepted as well.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2017
Added many type-ins for d'Estaing
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Level 77
May 14, 2017
Funny, just d'Estaign seems to be the only type-in that would not work, yet I always thought that was his surname.
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Level 64
May 8, 2017
i m french and napoleon can be accepted, we say too : napoleon III
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Level 21
May 8, 2017
Such a shame that Le Pen lost. I fear for the future of the Caliphate of France.
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Level 52
May 8, 2017
lol
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Level 75
May 8, 2017
Happily Le Pen lost. Her ideology killed already more than 50 million people during the last century, it's enough.
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Level 71
May 1, 2022
Calling Le Pen a Nazi is like calling Bernie Sanders a communist. There's certainly an argument to be made that they're in that *direction*, but there's such a massive gulf that the comparison is not ultimately legitimate.
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Level 65
May 8, 2017
You're funny! Try stand up :)
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Level 59
May 2, 2022
The only positive aspect of Le Pen winning would have been that the name is easy to remember for quizzes...
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Level 65
May 8, 2017
Tiers type-in? He destroyed the Paris Commune, pretty well-known.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2017
Tiers will work now
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Level 68
May 8, 2017
So sad that France elected Macron. Marine was their only hope. Have your cake and eat it. R.I.P. France.
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Level 22
Feb 13, 2022
Le Pen was a bit racist, but Macron manage the Covid and I don't think that Le Pen could do that
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Level 82
May 8, 2017
I love that Macron was literally elected yesterday and 11% still missed him.
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Level 60
May 8, 2017
Probably from regulars who don't really read the news.
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Level 68
May 8, 2017
Only knew Macron and De Gaulle lol. Got 3 more from the comments
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Level ∞
May 9, 2017
From reading the comments France is about to become either a Muslim caliphate or a Fascist dictatorship.
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Level 39
May 10, 2017
Apparently, the First Rule Of YouTube (never read the comments) applies to this quiz now...
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Level 86
May 10, 2017
Well, the FN is a fascist party but couldn't win. And even if Le Pen was president, she couldn't that easily become a dictator. But she would try to isolate France, to get rid of the immigration, to muzzle the press and control the media and the arts, to reinforce the executive power, and so on... As for the "muslim caliphate", I just can't tell how stupid that was : Nowadays, most of France's population is christian and won't become muslim that easily. Do they think that the islamic state, Al Qaida or anything else could declare war to France? Come on, France has got the BOMB... There is no way France could become muslim in a near future (as the Quizmaster said elswhere, anything came happen on a larger scale, of course).
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Level ∞
May 10, 2017
So you're saying that 35% of French voters voted for a fascist? That's hyperbole.
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Level 86
May 10, 2017
Not that much. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is an obvious fascist. She has tried to show a softer side, she has claimed that the party had become more respectable, but I seriously doubt it. Her aggressive attitude during the between tours debate says it all, which is by the way the reason why she didn't get 40% rather than 35...
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2020
As a German I don't find it inconceivable that 35% of people vote for a fascist...
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Level 70
May 22, 2020
"But she would try to isolate France, to get rid of the immigration"

Why would it be a problem to eliminate immigration and with this islamic terrorism? If I was a French, I would be pretty mad that my country is full of immigrants from different cultures and I should fear of being a victim by an ISIS terrorist....

Luckily, here in Hungary we do not have any of that kind of problem. We live among our own kind.

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Level 68
Apr 29, 2023
^The racism here is so blatant…
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Level 82
May 9, 2017
Got the last five, plus de Gaulle, Poincare, and Bonaparte. The only other one that I've even heard of was Pompidou. Maybe Coty and Millerand... they sound vaguely familiar.
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Level 71
May 1, 2022
A number of the major French figures were PM and not President so it's a little confusing. The presidency was a considerably weaker role prior to the Fifth Republic. Hence:

* Clemenceau

* Leon Blum

* Petain

were never President in any of these Republics. (Petain was obviously President of Vichy but only the surrendering Prime Minister of the Third Republic.)

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Level 43
May 9, 2017
Even if I know it's normal, it still is noticeable that the actual president as less percents than the one coming in 5 days ! ^^
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Level 39
May 10, 2017
Oh well... At least I got the 5th Republic ones. Had no idea about many others though (I may have heard their name but it wasn't at school).
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Level 74
May 11, 2017
Tried for ages different spellings of Clemenceau ... before finding out he was PM, not President!
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Level 54
Jul 18, 2021
Fun fact: he wasn't PM. But sadly most people, French people included, don't make a difference between Premier Ministre and Président du Conseil, so he is often known as a PM...
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Level 70
May 22, 2020
2022 - MARINE LE PEN!
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Level 54
Jul 18, 2021
2022 - JEAN LASSALLE!
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Level 67
Jun 20, 2024
2027 - BAPTISTE GORCE
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2022
It's just the Fifth Republic plus Napoleon and Poincare for me.