Who is the leader of France?
The leader of France is the president of France, currently François Hollande.
(took office May 15, 2012)
The president of France also nominally appoints the Prime Minister of France (currently Jean-Marc Ayrault) who is also seen as a leader of France, and is chosen from the elected members of the majority party or coalition.
This is a matter of personal perspective. I believe that Napoleon's greatest achievement was his development of the French legal system. In particular, his creation of the singular Napoleonic Code, which has formed the basis of modern civil law in the overwhelming majority of countries, is incredible. He also created the modern concept of citizenry where every person from a country, no matter their religion or ideals, was equal under the law. While the US…
Nepolean Bonaparte "Northern France" was actually the northern and the western part of France. This part was occupied by the German army, while the rest of France was led by the Vichy government of Maréchal Pétain (until the end of 1942 when the German Army invaded it). So the leader was Adolf Hitler.
Louis XVI of France was a terrible leader. He starved and unfairly taxed the Third Estate, which is the lower class citizens. He also did not understand that the people were not fond of him and he did not like when the people tried to revolutionize France. When he was killed by the guillotine, it was good and bad because 40,000 people died from the next "leader", but it was what was best for France.