Famous people born in Tunisia...


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Azzedine Alaïa

Alaïa, monograph by François Boudot
(New York: Assouline, 2007), showing Alaïa and opera singer Jessye Norman in the costume he designed for her for the Bicentennial of France
Born February 26, 1935 (1935-02-26) (age 74)225px-Alaia_-_book_cover.jpg click to enlarge..
Nationality Tunisian
Education École des Beaux-Arts, Tunis
Labels Alaia
Awards Best Designer of the Year (1984)

Azzedine Alaïa (Arabic: عز الدين عليّة‎, pronunciation: Aliya) is a Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer, particularly successful since the 1980s.

Alaïa was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1935. His parents were wheat farmers but his glamorous twin sister inspired his love for couture. A French friend of his mother fed Alaïa's instinctive creativity with copies of Vogue. He lied about his age to get him into the local École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis and began studying sculpture where he gained valuable insights into the human form.

After his graduation, Alaïa began working as a dressmaker's assistant. He soon began dressing private clients, and in 1957 he moved to Paris to work in fashion design. In Paris, he started to work at Christian Dior as a tailleur, but soon moved to work for Guy Laroche for two seasons, then for Thierry Mugler until he opened his first atelier in his little rue de Bellechase apartment the late 1970s. It is in this tiny atelier that for almost 20 years he dressed privately the world's jet set, from Marie-Hélène de Rothschild to Louise de Vilmorin (who would become a close friend) to Greta Garbo, who used to come incognito for her fittings.

He produced his first ready-to-wear collection in 1980 and moved to larger premises on rue du Parc-Royal in the Marais district. Alaïa was voted Best Designer of the Year and Best collection of the Year at the Oscars de la Mode by the French Ministry of Culture in 1984 in a memorable event where Grace Jones carried him in her arms on stage!

In 1980, while designer Andrée Putman was walking down Madison Avenue with one of the first Alaïa leather coats, she was stopped by a Bergdorf Goodman buyer who asked her what she was wearing, which began a turn of events that lead to his designs being sold in New York and in Beverly Hills[3]. By 1988, he had opened his own boutiques in these two cities and in Paris. His seductive, clinging clothes were a massive success and he was named by the media 'The King of Cling'. Devotees included both fashion-inclined celebrities and fashionistas: Grace Jones (wearing several of his creations in A View to a Kill), Tina Turner, Raquel Welch, Madonna, Brigitte Nielsen, Naomi Campbell (who is like a daughter to him), Stephanie Seymour, Carine Roitfeld and Carla Sozzani.

During the mid-1990s, following the death of his sister, Alaïa virtually vanished from the fashion scene, however, he continued to cater for a private clientele and enjoyed commercial success with his ready-to-wear lines.[3] He presented his collections in his own space, in the heart of the Marais, where he brought his creative workshop, boutique and showroom together under one roof.

In 1996, he participated at the Biennale della Moda in Florence, where along with paintings by longtime friend Julian Schnabel, he exhibited an outstanding dress created for the event.

He then signed a partnership with the Prada group in 2000. In the same year, he was honored with a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York,[2] which initially had been launched in 1997, curated by Mark Wilson and Jim Cook at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. Working with Prada saw him through a second impressive renaissance, and in July 2007, he successfully bought back his house and brand name from the Prada group, though his footwear and leather goods division continues to be developed and produced by the group.

His clothes are available in Barneys New York alongside Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Dolce & Gabbana, and his shoes are sold at Bergdorf Goodman. Carine Roitfeld was photographed during February 2007 Fashion Week in one of his coats, with the New York Times declaring that she was the only woman at any of the fall 2007 shows that "looked like the future." Victoria Beckham stated that Alaïa is her favourite designer and wore the designer's work, a gift from husband David Beckham, to two Academy Award parties in February 2007.

Alaïa was referenced in the mid-'90s teen hit Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. When mugged at gunpoint, Silverstone's character protests kneeling in a parking lot in a famously clingy dress by the "totally important designer" by exclaiming, "This is an Alaïa!"

Michelle Obama wore a formal black knit sleveless dress with a ruffled skirt designed by Alaïa to the NATO dinner with heads of state in Strasbourg, France on 3 April 2009. Her choice of fashion by this French couturier broke the tradition of American First Ladies wearing styles by American designers to such events.


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Tarak Ben Ammar

Tarak Ben Ammar

Tarak Ben Ammar (Arabic: طارق بن عمّار‎) (born on June 12, 1949 in Tunis, Tunisia) is an international movie producer and distributor, (he is owner of French production and distribution company Quinta Communications.) He is famous in taking interest in artistic movies, especially when they are related to Mediterranean culture or require North African settings during shooting. His credits include the Franco Zeffirelli film adaptation of La Traviata.

He become well-known in France at the beginning of 2004 when he decided to distribute The Passion of The Christ after everybody else declined. He appeared on television talk shows, defending the movie. He is also known to be the advisor of international investor Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and French Businessman Vincent Bolloré. He was raised in the Muslim religion.

Tarak Ben Ammar currently lives in France, with two of his three sons, Neil and Tarak Jr. and his daughter Sonia. The children are currently going to A.S.P (American School of Paris).

He was a former manager of Michael Jackson and friend of him.


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Serge Bramly

Serge Bramly

Serge Bramly (January 31, 1949 Tunis Tunisia) is a French language writer and essayist. He was married to Bettina Rheims, with whom he has collaborated frequently and had a son, Virgile.

His novel La terreur dans le boudoir was adapted by Benoît Jacquot for the 2000 French film Sade. He is also noted for his books on Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa--Leonardo: Discovering the Life of Leonardo da Vinci,1991 Leonardo: The Artist and the Man (1995), and Mona Lisa: The Enigma (2005).


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Bertrand Delanoë

Bertrand Delanoë

Mayor of Paris
Assumed office
25 March 2001
Preceded by Jean Tiberi

Senator for Paris
In office
24 September 1995 – 27 March 2001

Member of the French National Assembly
for Paris (26th constituency)
In office
21 June 1981 – 1 April 1986
Preceded by Joël Le Tac
Succeeded by Alain Juppé

Born 30 May 1950 (1950-05-30) (age 59)225px-Delanoe_credit_thomas.jpg
Tunis, French Tunisia
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Website http://bertranddelanoe.net/

Bertrand Delanoë (born 30 May 1950) is a French politician, and has been the mayor of Paris since 2001. He is from the Socialist Party (PS). He is considered to be a potential candidate for President of the French Republic in 2012.

Delanoë was born in Tunis, Tunisia to a French-Tunisian father and a French mother. He moved to France with his family in his teens.


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Marc Gicquel

Marc Gicquel
Residence Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Date of birth March 30, 1977 (1977-03-30) (age 32)
Place of birth Tunis, Tunisia 200px-MG1.jpg
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+1⁄2 in)
Weight 75 kg (170 lb; 11.8 st)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$ 1,512,104
Career record: 70–75
Career titles: 0
Highest ranking: No. 37 (September 8, 2008)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 3R (2008)
French Open 3R (2009)
Wimbledon 3R (2008)
US Open 4R (2006)
Career record: 34–35
Career titles: 2
Highest ranking: No. 38 (January 12, 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2008)
French Open 2R (2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2007)
US Open 3R (2008)
Infobox last updated on: April 13, 2009.

Marc Gicquel (born March 30, 1977 in Tunis, Tunisia) is a professional male tennis player from France. He turned pro in 1999.

On November 6, 2006, Gicquel broke into the top 50 after reaching his first ATP Tour final in Lyon, where he was defeated by Richard Gasquet, his countryman. On April 30, 2007, Gicquel broke into the top 40 after reaching the semifinals of Casablanca.

He defeated second seed Tommy Robredo at the 2007 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in the first round and beat Alejandro Falla in the semifinals to reach the Lyon final for two years running. His run, however, was halted by another Frenchman, Sébastien Grosjean.

He made the third round of the French Open, where he lost to Andy Roddick.


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Elie Lellouche

Elie Lellouche (born March 5, 1952 in Tunis) is a French trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses and jockeys.

After having modest success as a jockey, in 1979 Lellouche obtained his horse trainer's license. He had reasonable achievements and built a reputation good enough that in the 1990s the prominent Wildenstein Stables shifted forty-two of their horses from André Fabre to Lellouche's care. The move brought considerable success and raised his reputation even further that helped attract other owners to bring quality horses to his training facilities at Chantilly.

For Spanish owner/breeder Enrique Sarasola, Lellouche trained Helissio, the 1996 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner. More recently, the Wildenstein Stable's colt, Westerner, became the first French-trained winner of Britain's Ascot Gold Cup in almost thirty years and was voted the Cartier Racing Award as Europe's Top Stayer in 2004 and 2005.

Lellouche is also known for coaching successful French jockey Dominique Boeuf


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Oussama Mellouli

Oussama Mellouli
Men's Swimming 250px-Oussama_Mellouli_1.jpg
Competitor for Tunisia
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing 1500m Freestyle
World Championships - Long Course
Bronze 2003 Barcelona 400m Medley
Bronze 2005 Montreal[1] 400m Freestyle
Bronze 2005 Montreal 400m Medley
Disqualified 2007 Melbourne 400m Freestyle
Disqualified 2007 Melbourne 800m Freestyle
World Championships - Short Course
Bronze 2004 Indianapolis[2] 200m Medley
Gold 2004 Indianapolis 400m Medley
Mediterranean Games
Gold 2005 Almería 800m Freestyle
Gold 2005 Almería 200m Medley
Gold 2005 Almería 400m Medley
Gold 2009 Pescara 200m Freestyle
Gold 2009 Pescara 200m Medley
Gold 2009 Pescara 400m Freestyle
Gold 2009 Pescara 400m Medley
Gold 2009 Pescara 1500m Freestyle

Oussama "Ous" Mellouli (Arabic: أسامة الملولي‎; born February 16, 1984) is a Tunisian swimmer who competes in the freestyle and medley events. He currently is an African Record holder, and trains with the USA club based at the University of Southern California, where he went to school and swam, collegiately. He swam at the 2004 Olympics and 2008 Games. He was named Tunisian Sportsman of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Mellouli was the gold medalist in the 1500 metre freestyle at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Mellouli has previously tested positive for a prohibited (but not performance-enhancing) substance and subsequently received a ban from competition. During this ban, he was not tested again

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Michel Boujnah, A famous French comedian.

Raoul Journo, a famous singer during the 30s I think(I'm not sure about this)


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Raoul Journo, born January 18 1911 and died in Tunis on 22 November 2001 in Paris, is a Tunisian singer and composer of Arab-Andalusian music.

Of the Jewish faith, Journo is best known for its Talila, compliments and wishes addressed to the guests at a celebration (wedding, bar mitzvah, circumcision, pilgrimage, etc..), So much so that even today his texts and music are set entirely by the band during these evenings.

After his departure for France in 1965, he returned to Tunisia several times.

Journo marked Jewish culture both in Tunisia and in Israel or in France where the air of his songs, along with those of Farid El Atrache, among the most used in the traditional Jewish prayers.

At his death, Raoul Journo is buried in Jerusalem.

Raoul Journo, né le 18 janvier 1911 à Tunis et décédé le 22 novembre 2001 à Paris, est un chanteur tunisien et compositeur de musique arabo-andalouse.

De confession juive, Journo est surtout connu pour ses talils, des compliments et vœux adressés aux invités lors d'une réjouissance (mariage, Bar Mitsvah, circoncision, pèlerinage, etc.), à tel point qu'aujourd'hui encore, ses textes et musiques sont repris entièrement par les orchestres lors de ce type de soirées.

Après son départ pour la France en 1965, il retournera en Tunisie à plusieurs reprises.

Journo a marqué la culture juive aussi bien en Tunisie, qu'en Israël ou en France où les airs de ses chansons sont, avec ceux de Farid El Atrache, parmi les plus utilisés pour les prières traditionnelles juives.

À sa mort, Raoul Journo est inhumé à Jérusalem.


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Philippe Séguin /french politician

Philippe Séguin,

A very known french politician ,was born in 1943 in Tunis/

né le 21 avril 1943 à Tunis, est un homme politique français:

Philippe Séguin, né le 21 avril 1943 à Tunis, est un homme politique français

Ancien ministre des Affaires sociales et de l'Emploi, président de l'Assemblée nationale française de 1993 à 1997 et président du Rassemblement pour la République de 1997 à 1999, il est actuellement Premier président de la Cour des comptes depuis le 21 juillet 2004 et président du Conseil d'administration de l'Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence........


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Philippe Séguin

Philippe Séguin


Born 21 April 1943 (1943-04-21) (age 66)
Tunis, Tunisia
Nationality French

Philippe Séguin OQ (born 21 April 1943) is a former French politician, and current president of France's Cour des Comptes (Court of Financial Auditors).

He entered the Court of Financial Auditors in 1970, but he began a political career in the Neo-Gaullist party RPR. In 1978, he was elected to the National Assembly as a deputy for the Vosges département.

Representing the social tradition of the Gaullism, he was Minister of Social Affairs in Jacques Chirac's cabinet, from 1986 to 1988. After Chirac's defeat at the 1988 presidential election, he allied with Charles Pasqua and criticized the abandonment of Gaullist doctrine. He accused Alain Juppé and Édouard Balladur of wanting an alignment on liberal and pro-European policies.

In 1992, he played a leading role in the No campaign against the Maastricht Treaty. On the eve of the vote he opposed President François Mitterrand in a televised debate.

As president of the National Assembly from 1993 to 1997, he supported the winning candidacy of Jacques Chirac at the 1995 presidential election. He inspired his theme of campaign, "the social fracture".

Their relations deteriorated when he took the lead of the RPR, after the right-wing defeat at the 1997 legislative election. He failed to change the name of the party to "The Rally". He criticized the ascendancy of President Chirac within the party, refusing to be the leader of a "Chirac's fan-club". He resigned in 1999 just before the European elections, leaving his deputy Nicolas Sarkozy in charge.

As the RPR's official candidate, he lost the 2001 mayoral election in Paris. Refusing the merge of the Neo-Gaullist party with the right-wing classical forces in the Union for a Popular Movement, he quit politics in 2002.


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Habib Bourguiba

Habib Bourguibaحبيب بورقيبة
1st President of Tunisia
In office
July 25, 1957 – November 7, 1987

Born August 3, 1903

Died April 06, 2000

Nationality Tunisian
Spouse Mathilde Lorrain (1st wife)
Wassila Ben Ammar (2nd wife)
Religion Islam

Habib Bourguiba (Arabic: حبيب بورقيبة Ḥabīb Būrqība‎) (August 3, 1903–April 6, 2000) was a Tunisian statesman and the Founder and First President of the Republic of Tunisia from July 25, 1957 to November 7, 1987. He is often compared to Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk because of the pro-Western reforms enacted during his presidency. During the time Bourguiba was president, education was a high priority. Bourguiba also promoted women's rights as a way to gain Western support for his regime during the Cold War. Though these set important legal precedents by prohibiting polygamy, expanding women's access to divorce, and raising the age at which girls could marry to 17 years of age - he simultaneously banned women's rights groups from organizing. The new Personal Status Code passed in August 1956 expanded women's rights, though it remains open to debate how much this transformed Tunisian society in practice. Notably, the Code also institutionalized the role of the father as head of the family, and Bourguiba himself was a patriarchal ruler. After independence, Tunisia's Jewish Community Council was abolished by the government and many Jewish areas and buildings were destroyed for "urban renewal."
The youngest of eight brothers and sisters, Habib Bourguiba was born on August 3, 1903 in Monastir (100 miles south of Tunis). Habib Bourguiba attended school in Tunis at the famous Collège Sadiki and then at the Lycée Carnot. He obtained his Baccalaureat in 1924 and went to the University of Paris to study law and political science. While in Paris, the adult Bourguiba met Mathilde Lorrain, his lodger at that time, whom he married in 1927, and who bore him on 9 April 1927 his only son, Habib Bourguiba, Jr.


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Dhafer Youssef

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Dhafer Youssef (born 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia) is a composer, vocalist, and oud player. He has been living and working in various European countries since 1990. During this time he had the opportunity to perform his music on stages in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and other countries as well as his native Tunisia (where he started singing in the Islamic tradition at age 5).

Dhafer Youssef's music is rooted in the Sufi tradition and other mystical music but has always been wide open to ideas from any other musical culture as well as the jazz scene. With his poetic approach on the oud (the Arabic lute), his complex Arab-colored compositions and especially his deeply affecting singing when humming along with his melodies, Dhafer Youssef is one of the most impressive voices to emerge in this musical field in many years. Testifying a wide range of sound colors, stylistic facets and musical ingredients, his 1999 ENJA release "Malak" (ENJ-9367 2) is a thrilling statement incorporating Arabic lyricism, rhythmic power, visionary strength, multi-cultural influences and jazz-oriented improvisation. Dhafer Youssef opens the way to a new definition of East-Western crossover.

Dhafer Youssef also works in avant-garde and world music where he's been nominated for awards. He has released four albums of his own and also did notable work with Paolo Fresu. He indicates an affinity for the Music of India and Nordic music. He was a guest artist on the Norwegian jazz artist Bugge Wesseltoft's album FiLM iNG.


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Dhaffer L'Abidine

Dhaffer L'Abidine
Dhaffer L'Abidine also known as Dhafer L'Abidine born in Tunis, Tunisia. He is a former professional soccer player and now a Tunisan actor who has starred in Sky One's Dream Team, BBC's Spooks and ITV's The Bill and more recently starred in the controversial film The Mark of Cain as Omar Abdullah. He is fluent in Arabic, French, English and has some Italian and Spanish.


Mark of Cain
Children of Men (2006)
The DaVinci Code (2006)
The Gems Merchant
The Hunt Feast
Marie la Fille de Son
Le Rendez-Vous
[edit] Television
Spooks 5 (episode 6&7)
Voyages of Discovery
The Message
The Bill
Doctors Pete Demello Christian Ebohon BBC
Bombshell Ramon Jim Loach Shed Productions
Brothers Kais (Regular) Hamadi Arafa RTT Tunisia
Dream Team (2 series) Marcel Sabatier (Regular) Various Sky Television
Wire in the Blood 2
First Love
Maktoub (as Dali) (Prod. Sami Fehri RTT Tunisia)

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Love watching Spook's, can't remember seeing him:( Shame as he looks very easy on the eye.;):rolleyes::D


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Hansome git but dont ask for a can of boga of him!

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Hansome git but dont ask for a can of boga of him!
oooh...er....Kris, are you implying he's a bit of a tight wad????:eek::D:D


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Alain Boublil

Alain Boublil is a librettist, born in Tunisia in 1941, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. These include:

* La Révolution Française (1973)
* Les Misérables (1980)
* Miss Saigon (1989)
* Martin Guerre (1996)
* The Pirate Queen (2006)
* Marguerite (2008)

Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Révolution Française, was the first-ever staged French rock opera. It debuted in 1973 in Paris. The composer was Claude-Michel Schönberg, with whom Alain has since collaborated on a number of successful projects, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Les Misérables first opened in Paris in 1980. On October 8, 1985, an English-language production of Les Misérables produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn premiered in London at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theatre. The show transferred to the West End’s Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985. It is the longest-running musical in West End history.

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Alain Boublil is a librettist, born in Tunisia in 1941, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. These include:

* La Révolution Française (1973)
* Les Misérables (1980)
* Miss Saigon (1989)
* Martin Guerre (1996)
* The Pirate Queen (2006)
* Marguerite (2008)

Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Révolution Française, was the first-ever staged French rock opera. It debuted in 1973 in Paris. The composer was Claude-Michel Schönberg, with whom Alain has since collaborated on a number of successful projects, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Les Misérables first opened in Paris in 1980. On October 8, 1985, an English-language production of Les Misérables produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn premiered in London at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theatre. The show transferred to the West End’s Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985. It is the longest-running musical in West End history.
Much more interesting, cheers <3


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i saw miss saigon on broadway in new york city back in the 90's. :) must see theater, if your into broadway.