Is there a foundational or uniquely preeminent body of writing to the French language in the order of what Homer, Cicero, Dante, Martin Luther, Shakespeare and Pushkin may be to their respective languages?
I am not asking who is the greatest French writer. It's a question about reputation. I came to know of the "unique preeminence" of these other fellows just by living, not through any particular interest. (Sort of the same way I came to know about Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee or Jimi Hendrix.) If there is a similar name for French letters or the language, I wonder how I could have missed it.
Feel free to knock out any particular name from Homer etc.