French History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,200

  • 1958-12-18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-12-21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1958-12-30 French franc devalued
  • 1959-01-01 Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • 1959-01-08 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France's 5th Republic
  • 1959-01-13 French President Charles de Gaulle grants amnesty to 130 Algerians sentenced to death
  • 1959-03-25 French President De Gaulle acknowledges Oder-Neisse boundary
  • 1959-04-04 Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • 1959-04-12 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
  • 1959-04-27 "Today" show goes abroard 1st time (Paris France)
  • 1959-05-29 Charles de Gaulle forms French government
  • 1959-09-16 French President Charles de Gaulle recognizes Algerian right of self determination
  • 1959-12-02 Malpasset dam collapses destroying French Riviera town of Frejus
  • 1960-01-01 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • 1960-01-01 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • 1960-01-24 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
  • 1960-02-13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 1960-03-04 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • 1960-03-17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • 1960-03-18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1960-04-01 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • 1960-04-01 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • 1960-04-04 Senegal declares independence from France
  • 1960-04-13 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
  • 1960-04-27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • 1960-05-11 French liner "France" launched
  • 1960-06-20 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France
  • 1960-06-25 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • 1960-06-26 Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
  • 1960-08-01 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-03 Niger gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-05 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 1960-08-07 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-11 Chad declares Independence from France
  • 1960-08-13 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • 1960-08-15 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 1960-08-17 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1960-09-22 Mali (formerly French Sudan) declares independence from France
  • 1960-10-19 France grants Mauritania independence
  • 1960-11-22 French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
  • 1960-11-28 Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1960-11-30 French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
  • 1960-12-07 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • 1960-12-27 France performs nuclear test
  • 1961-01-08 The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
  • 1961-04-21 French army revolts in Algeria
  • 1961-04-22 Uprising of French parachutist of Gen Salan/Challe in Algeria
  • 1961-04-23 Algiers putsch by French generals.
  • 1961-04-25 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • 1961-04-26 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
  • 1961-07-20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.

  • 1961-07-29 Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • 1961-11-07 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1962-02-05 French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence
  • 1962-02-08 In Paris, 8 people killed at a protest against independence for the French colony Algeria
  • 1962-02-18 France & Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
  • 1962-03-14 Disarmament conference opens in Geneva without France
  • 1962-03-18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • 1962-03-25 French OAS-leader ex-general Jouhaud arrested
  • 1962-04-08 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1962-04-14 Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1962-05-01 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
  • 1962-05-01 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1962-06-03 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
  • 1962-06-22 French Boeing 707 crashes at Guadeloupe, 113 killed
  • 1962-06-30 French Foreign Legion leaves Algeria
  • 1962-07-01 Algeria votes for independence from France
  • 1962-07-03 Algerian Revolution against French rule ends (Algeria gains independence on 5th July)
  • 1962-07-05 Algeria gains independence after 132 years of French rule
  • 1962-07-20 France & Tunisia recover diplomatic relations
  • 1962-08-14 French & Italian workers break through at Mont Blanc Vehicular Tunnel
  • 1962-08-22 Failed assassination attempt on French president Charles de Gaulle
  • 1962-09-04 French president De Gaulle visits German FR
  • 1962-11-29 Great Britain & France decide to jointly build the Concorde supersonic airliner
  • 1963-01-22 Elysée treaty of cooperation between France and Germany signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer
  • 1963-02-11 Julia Child's show "The French Chef" premieres
  • 1963-03-01 200,000 French mine workers strike
  • 1963-03-18 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • 1963-03-30 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1963-10-09 French air force gets first nuclear weapons
  • 1963-10-10 France cedes control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia.
  • 1963-10-20 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1964-02-06 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
  • 1964-02-11 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
  • 1964-06-15 Last French troops leave Algeria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-10-22 French philosopher/author Jean-Paul Sartre refuses Nobel prize

  • 1964-11-28 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1965-01-07 France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold
  • 1965-02-27 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1965-05-16 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
  • 1965-05-30 France performs nuclear test at Ecker Algeria (Underground)
  • 1965-06-09 Frenchman, Machal Jazy, runs record mile in 3:53.6
  • 1965-07-16 Mont Blanc Road tunnel between France & Italy opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965-09-09 Francois Mitterrand nominated for French presidency

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1965-10-01 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1965-11-27 1st French satellite launched; France becomes 3rd nation in space
  • 1965-12-19 French President De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)
  • 1966-01-08 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government
  • 1966-01-24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • 1966-02-16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,788

  • 1908-01-28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1908-02-12 Jacques Herbrand, French logician and mathematician (d. 1931)
  • 1908-02-12 Jean Effel, French painter and journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1908-02-26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1908-03-14 Maurice (Jean Jacques) Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher
  • 1908-04-09 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian/French painter/author (Op Art)
  • 1908-04-21 Louis Hostin, French Light Heavyweight, Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • 1908-05-05 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • 1908-06-30 Charles Camproux, French linguistic/author (Bestiari)
  • 1908-07-03 Thomas Narcejac, Rochefort-sur-Mer France, writer (Vertigo)
  • 1908-08-18 Edgar Faure, thriller writer/PM of France (1952, 52-56)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-08-22 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France (d. 2004)

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 1908-11-28 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1908-12-10 Olivier Messiaen, Avignon France, composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon)
  • 1909-01-02 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1909-02-03 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • 1909-02-03 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, born in Carcassonne (d. 1989)
  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist
  • 1909-03-14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • 1909-03-22 Gabrielle Roy, French-Canadian novelist (Tin Flute)
  • 1909-03-31 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator
  • 1909-04-07 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • 1909-05-11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • 1909-05-21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1909-06-28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist
  • 1909-07-20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • 1909-08-31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-19 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • 1909-10-20 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • 1910-01-03 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1910-01-07 Alain JG de Rothschild, French banker/baron
  • 1910-01-10 Jean Martinon, Lyons France, conductor/composer
  • 1910-01-26 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (d. 1989)
  • 1910-02-09 Jacques Monod, French biochemist
  • 1910-06-08 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (d. 2003)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1910-06-11 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer (Calypso), born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France (d. 1997)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1910-06-23 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Thieves' Carnival), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)
  • 1910-07-27 Julien Gracq, [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton)
  • 1910-08-14 Pierre Schaeffer, French engineer/composer
  • 1910-09-08 Jean-Louis Barrault, Vesinet France, actor (Les Enfants du Paradis)
  • 1910-09-14 Gaston Deferre, French politician
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptise LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1910-12-19 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • 1911-01-05 Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor (Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker) (d. 2001), born in Paris, France
  • 1911-01-16 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • 1911-01-16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-02-02 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer
  • 1911-02-03 Jehan [Ariste] Alain, French organist/composer
  • 1911-04-09 Albert Remy, Sevres France, actor (Grand Prix, Gigot, Train)
  • 1911-04-10 Maurice Schumann, French statesman/writer (La Voix du couvre-feu)
  • 1911-04-23 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love)
  • 1911-04-27 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1911-07-05 Georges Pompidou, President/Prime Minister of France (1962-74), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1911-08-23 Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1911-10-12 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), born in Limoges, France (d. 1982)
  • 1911-10-24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian archbishop of Montreal (d. 1993)
  • 1911-11-01 Henri Troyat, French author and historian (d. 2007)
  • 1911-11-12 Luc Estang, [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911-11-17 Christian Fouchet, French diplomat (d. 1974)
  • 1911-12-05 Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows)
  • 1912-01-15 Michel Debré, French politician (d. 1996)
  • 1912-02-03 Jacques Soustelle, French minister of information
  • 1912-02-13 French J Van den Brande, Flemish actor
  • 1912-02-20 Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
  • 1912-03-25 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor (d. 1971)
  • 1912-04-12 Georges Franju, French director (Judex, L'homme sans visage)
  • 1912-04-21 Marcel Camus, French director, Orfeu negro)
  • 1912-04-28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII)
  • 1912-05-29 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1912-06-13 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (d. 1943)
  • 1912-06-29 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist (d. 2004)
  • 1912-07-04 Viviane Romance, French actress (d. 1991)
  • 1912-07-18 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer (d. 1950)
  • 1912-08-05 Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
  • 1912-08-15 Julia Child, chef (French Chef), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1913-01-02 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist
  • 1913-03-03 Roger Caillois, French writer (Les Jeux et les Hommes)
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, Bordeaux France, director/writer (Is Paris Burning)
  • 1913-04-11 Oleg Cassini, fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), born in Paris, France
  • 1913-04-14 Jean Fournet, French conductor
  • 1913-05-18 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1913-06-26 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1913-07-17 Roger Garaudy, French philosopher
  • 1913-08-11 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (d. 1976)
  • 1913-10-10 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913-10-19 Jean Urruty, French Jai-Alai champion

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-10-22 Bảo Đại, Vietnamese emperor and chief of state (Annam 1926-1945; State of Vietnam, 1949-1955), born in Hue, French Indochina

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-11-07 Albert Camus, French author (The Just-Nobel 1957), born in Dréan, Algeria (d. 1960)

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • 1913-12-11 Jean Marais, Cherbourgh France, actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus)
  • 1914-01-05 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (d. 1955)
  • 1914-01-10 Claude Gallimard, French publisher
  • 1914-01-23 Napoleon L Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne
  • 1914-02-11 French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer
  • 1914-02-19 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist/playwright (Sea Wall)
  • 1914-04-27 Albert Soboult, French historian
  • 1914-05-11 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1914-05-18 Pierre A Balmain, French fashion designer (1940's "New Look")
  • 1914-06-26 Wolfgang Windgassen, Annemasse France, tenor (Stuttgart Opera)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1701 - 1,800 of 2,248

  • 1970-01-04 Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • 1970-01-08 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • 1970-02-27 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1970-03-16 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), dies at 61
  • 1970-06-02 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1970-06-11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • 1970-06-16 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • 1970-07-26 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1896)
  • 1970-09-23 Bourvil, French actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1970-10-08 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970-10-08 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1970-10-09 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • 1970-10-10 Edouard Daladier, premier of France (1933..40), dies at 86

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-11-09 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69), dies at 79

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1970-11-10 Charles DeGaulle, general/president France (Free French), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971-01-10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • 1971-02-26 Fernandel, [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
  • 1971-05-04 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1971-05-28 Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • 1971-05-30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • 1971-06-25 Charles Vildrac, Paris France, poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • 1971-07-12 Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1971-12-15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • 1972-01-01 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1972-02-21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • 1972-08-14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • 1972-08-14 Pierre Brasseur, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 66
  • 1972-09-19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • 1972-09-21 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • 1973-05-26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1973-08-17 Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
  • 1973-11-03 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1973-12-25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • 1973-12-26 Steven Geray, actor (French Line), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974-04-02 Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1974-04-10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1974-04-18 Marcel Pagnol, French writer/movie (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1974-06-22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (b. 1892)
  • 1974-07-14 Henri Smajda, Tunis/French publisher (Combat), commits suicide at 77
  • 1974-09-04 Marcel Achard, French dramatist (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 1974-12-20 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • 1975-01-09 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent), dies at 77
  • 1975-04-12 Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68
  • 1975-08-31 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • 1975-09-20 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat/poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1975-10-03 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • 1975-10-28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • 1975-12-25 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • 1976-01-05 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1976-01-23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian film and television actor (b. 1913)
  • 1976-02-13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • 1976-03-01 Jean Martinon, French conductor/composer, dies at 66
  • 1976-03-19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (b. 1889)
  • 1976-04-01 Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85
  • 1976-05-11 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • 1976-05-31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • 1976-09-13 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1976-09-13 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • 1976-10-25 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • 1976-11-15 Jean Gabin, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 72
  • 1976-12-16 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
  • 1977-01-14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • 1977-02-09 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1977-04-11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1977-05-30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • 1977-08-22 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • 1977-08-23 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • 1977-09-04 Jean Rostand, French biologist (b. 1894)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1977-11-05 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1977-11-18 Victor Francen, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • 1978-03-11 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • 1978-03-19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • 1978-06-24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • 1978-09-15 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 1978-09-19 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian (b. 1884)
  • 1978-11-16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Les Miserables, Mado), dies at 75
  • 1979-02-12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • 1979-03-16 Jean Monnet, French economist/CEO (ECSC), dies at 90
  • 1979-04-01 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1979-07-03 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1979-07-11 Claude Wagner, French Canadian judge and politician (b. 1925)
  • 1979-07-23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1979-08-22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • 1979-10-10 Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
  • 1979-10-22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1979-11-02 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • 1979-12-05 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
  • 1980-03-25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • 1980-04-24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1980-04-30 Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • 1980-08-01 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980-08-08 Paul Triquet, French Canadian army officer (b. 1910)
  • 1980-08-11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • 1980-10-06 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • 1980-12-02 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981-03-15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • 1981-04-15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • 1981-07-19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • 1981-09-21 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73