Charles DE GRIMALDI (1612-1687) Marquis de Régusse – president of the Parliament of Aix-en-Provence.

Joseph LIEUTAUD (1644-1726) Sculptor, Pierre PUGET’s student.

Pierre GAUTHIER (1642-1697) Musician and composer, he introduced Opera to the city of Marseilles.

Honoré GANTEAUME (1755-1818) Admiral, Military Chief of Staff of the Navy, who brought Napoleon Bonaparte back from the Egyptian expedition.

Etienne MARCHAND (1755-1793)  First boat captain who took the French flag for a round-the-world trip.

Etienne MASSE (1778-1863) Great traveller and local writer.

Toussaint Séraphin CREMAZY (1799-1879) a provencal poet, author of «Meis Rapugo» written in La Reunion island, where he spent his life.

Louis MAURIN (1859-1936) Bishop of Grenoble in 1911, Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gaules. Cardinal in 1916, twice Legate of the Pope.

Zino FRANCESCATTI (1902-1991) International concert violinist.

Louis MARIN (1721-1809) Royal censor and first historian of La Ciotat.

Louis BENET (1805-1877) Creator of the modern shipyards of La Ciotat.

Michel SIMON (1895-1975) Actor who owned a house in La Ciotat.

André BRUE (1654-1738) Director of the East India French Company, he designed Senegal’s borders.

Emile RIPERT (1882-1948) Poet and writer.


Henri STENDHAL (1783-1842) French writer who had spent some time in La Ciotat and who had written in Mémoires d’un Touriste  « If I absolutely had to live in a small city in France, I would choose either Grasse or La Ciotat »

Alphonse DE LAMARTINE (1790-1869) French writer who also spent some time in La Ciotat in July 1832 and who had written « Happy is the man who is born and dies in the sun. All the happiest is the one who has his house, his parent’s house and garden, by this sea whose each wave is a spark casting its light and its radiance on the earth ».

Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963) One of the masters of Cubism who painted La Ciotat.