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The Patrimoine (artistic and cultural heritage) of France: Famous People born in Marseille

Marseilles, the second largest city in France, has a unique artistic and cultural heritage. Founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, this gritty, working class city is the front door to Provence, and the capitol of French Hip-Hop.

Zinedine Zidane (1972- )

Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a former French soccer player and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid.   Even if you do not know much about soccer, you probably have heard of Zizou.


Robert Gu├ędiguian (1953- )



Edmond Rostand (1868-1918)

Edmond Rostand, who was born in Marseille, wrote a play that English speakers know - Cyrano de Bergerac.  The word "panache', was coined by Rostand, was Cyrano's dying word.


Louis Jourdon (1921-2015)



Fernandel (1903-1971)



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