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Tony Parker and Emmanuel Macron are contemporary favorites

July 14th marks the national day of France, or what most English-speaking countries refer to as Bastille Day. In 1789, French revolutionists stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress that protected Paris’ eastern entrance, and since then, the public holiday commemorates the birth of the modern French nation.

Before its own revolution, France sent aid and supplies to help the US secure victory against the British in the American Revolution. Today, relations between American and French leaders are complicated but many Americans hold French individuals in high-esteem for their contributions to art, literature, music, and sports. New data from YouGov Ratings show the French figures, both past and present, who Americans view favorably.

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