Fontanes, Louis, Marquis de (1757-1821), a French poet and politician, was born at Poitou. He went to Paris in 1777, and the next year produced La Font de Navarre. Other works of his were Cri de mon Ccvnr, Lejour des Marts a la Campagne, Le Verger, La Chartreuse de Paris, and a translation of Pope's Essay on Man, accompanied by an introduction. At the Revolution he became a journalist, and went to Lyons and other places. At first he was in favour with the authorities, but was afterwards forced to take refuge in England. He wrote an eloge on Washington for Napoleon, at whose fall he joined the king's side and was made a peer, and received other honours. His works were edited by Sainte-Beuve in 1837.