10 Best Classic French Novels to Read

Some of the world’s greatest novels have come from France. If you want to become familiar with classic French literature, these are some of the best French novels to read. I’ve already shared the best French style books, but these novels focus on interesting stories and fantasies.

Classic French Novels

These historical French novels have stood the test of time and remain incredibly popular to this day! French girls almost always have a book in their handbag so if you want to adopt the French lifestyle, then picking up one of these books is a good place to start.

French Novels

The Stranger – Albert Camus

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne

Candide – Voltaire

Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

The Lover – Marguerite Duras

Next, read the best French films you must see at least once.

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