PARIS, March 16 (UPI) -- A national poll to name France's greatest people puts former President Charles de Gaulle above a comedian, singer and Jesuit priest, the Independent reports.
The preliminary data is being used to produce the "Greatest French Person of All Time" television show and began with a national poll, which was whittled to a top 100.
The top 10 will all be featured in their own biographical show on the France 2 television network, and then the winner will decided by viewers voting by telephone, text message and the Internet.
The only living person in the top 10 was Abbé Pierre, 92, a Jesuit priest and campaigner for the under-privileged.
The comedian Coluche, whose real name was Michel Colucci, was a pudgy, slapstick clown who created a network of soup kitchens for homeless people. He died in a 1970 motorbike accident.
The remaining top 10 nominees are singer/actor Bourvil, scientists Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur, and playwright Moliere.