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This Sunday marks the 224th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. Which means, well—not a whole lot, really. It was a fortress, the people stormed it. But it does provide a nice excuse to celebrate the many gifts of France.

For you, that means wearing a beret, drinking champagne, eating a macaron made from a baguette. Here at Kempt, that means tipping our hat to some of the dapper men who’ve made life a bit more beautiful by existing. (There’s also champagne.)

Herewith, the 15 most stylish French Icons.

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Yves Saint Laurent

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Zinedine Zidane

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Alain Delon

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Albert Camus

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Nicolas Sarkozy

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Jean-Paul Belmondo

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Jean Gabin

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Napoleon Bonaparte

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Jean Dujardin

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François Truffaut

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Gérard Depardieu

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George Braque

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Jacques Cousteau

—C.G.

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  • Caitlin Ganswindt