Good King Henri IV enjoys renewed popularity in France

Peace-loving, religiously tolerant, a ladies' man and the coiner of the phrase "a chicken in every pot" -- 400 years later, France still thinks Henri IV is le Grand.

The monarch, who reigned 1589-1610, was highly popular in his day, even though he "was said never to wash." He converted to Catholicism, the majority faith of his land, yet issued the Edict of Nantes guaranteeing protestants freedom of worship.