French History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,204

  • 1984-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1984-12-01 France performs nuclear test
  • 1984-12-05 French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia
  • 1984-12-06 France performs nuclear test
  • 1985-03-10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • 1985-04-03 French government adopts equal electoral system
  • 1985-04-30 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1985-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.

  • 1985-07-24 French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
  • 1985-08-03 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • 1985-08-26 French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior
  • 1985-09-01 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland
  • 1985-09-22 French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius appears on TV to confess "Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.”
  • 1985-10-17 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1985-11-26 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-04 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-02-07 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France: Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • 1986-02-16 French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
  • 1986-03-08 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • 1986-03-20 Jacques Chirac forms French government
  • 1986-04-26 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-05-06 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1986-05-27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1986-05-30 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-09-07 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"
  • 1986-11-12 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-12-06 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1986-12-10 France performs nuclear test
  • 1986-12-24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • 1987-01-07 French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
  • 1987-04-18 Pat Knauff, France sets 1-leg downhill ski speed record (115.012 mph)
  • 1987-05-05 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987-06-03 "Little Shop of Horrors" released in France
  • 1987-06-03 "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" released in France
  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • 1987-07-04 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life in France
  • 1987-07-17 Iran & France break diplomatic relations
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-08-30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • 1987-10-03 Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile
  • 1987-10-15 The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England.
  • 1987-10-23 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987-11-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-29 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987-12-01 Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
  • 1988-05-08 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France
  • 1988-05-11 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-06-30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1988-08-30 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-10-12 Pope John Paul II is the target of anti-papal heckling by Protestant leader Ian Paisley at a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourgh, France

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988-10-25 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1988-11-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-11-23 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988-11-30 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1989-01-05 2 French TV newsmen arrested for trying to plant fake bombs on 3 airlines at JFK airport in security test
  • 1989-01-14 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
  • 1989-05-11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989-05-24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
  • 1989-09-19 French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • 1989-10-24 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989-10-31 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989-11-15 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989-11-27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989-12-05 France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph
  • 1990-02-13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • 1990-05-10 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph
  • 1990-07-04 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1990-09-12 US, United Kingdom, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing 2 Germanys to merge
  • 1990-09-13 Iraqi troops storm residence of French ambassador in Kuwait
  • 1990-09-15 France announce it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf
  • 1990-09-24 Iraq invades the French and Dutch missions in Kuwait; French President Mitterrand called the action a violation of international law; a U.S. warship boards an Iraqi-flagged tanker bound for the port of Basrah
  • 1990-10-23 Iraq announces release of 330 French hostages
  • 1990-10-30 Britain and France complete the "Chunnel" under the English Channel
  • 1990-11-10 Lebanon releases 2 French hostages (Camille Sontag & Marcel Coudari)
  • 1990-11-14 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1990-11-21 French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf
  • 1990-12-01 British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 1991-05-07 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1991-05-15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • 1991-05-18 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1991-07-05 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1991-07-15 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • 1991-11-18 France deports Marlon's daughter Cheyenne Brando to Tahiti
  • 1992-02-08 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France
  • 1992-02-23 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
  • 1992-04-02 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns
  • 1992-04-12 Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) opens in Marne-la-Vallee, France
  • 1992-05-06 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon
  • 1992-09-20 France votes in favor of Maastricht treaty
  • 1992-09-22 Heavy storm in South France, 34 die
  • 1992-09-23 Mud storm kills 30 in South France
  • 1993-01-13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • 1993-03-28 Conservatives win French parliamentary election
  • 1993-03-30 French government of Balladur forms
  • 1993-06-09 "Amantes" (1991) premieres in France
  • 1993-06-09 "Body Snatchers" (1993) premieres in France
  • 1993-06-09 "Ce que femme veut" (1993) premieres in France

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,799

  • 1927-05-26 Jacques Bergerac, France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)
  • 1927-05-28 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • 1927-07-13 Simone Veil, Pres European parliament (France)
  • 1927-07-25 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (d. 2003)
  • 1927-09-07 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1927-10-24 Gilbert Bécaud, French composer and actor (d. 2001)
  • 1928-01-01 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1928-01-06 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?)
  • 1928-01-17 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1928-01-23 Jeanne Moreau, actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • 1928-01-24 Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007)
  • 1928-01-26 Roger Vadim, France, director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • 1928-02-26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress
  • 1928-03-01 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • 1928-04-02 Serge Gainsbourg, [Ginsburg], Russian/French singer (Ford Mustang)
  • 1928-04-18 Jean-Francois Pailliard, Vitry-le-Francois France, conductor
  • 1928-04-19 Alexis Korner, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France
  • 1928-04-28 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter
  • 1928-05-05 Pierre Schoendoerffer, Chamalieres, France, director and screen-writer (The Anderson Platoon), (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-06 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1928-05-23 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1928-05-30 Agnès Varda, French director
  • 1928-06-20 Jean-Marie le Pen, France, leader (National Front party)
  • 1928-07-05 Pierre Mauroy, French politician (Prime Minister, 1981-4), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-10 Bernard Buffet, French painter (d. 1999)
  • 1928-07-14 Pierre Olaf, Cauderan France, actor (Kraft Music Hall)
  • 1928-07-20 Charles David Ganao, Djambala, French Equatorial Africa, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (1996-1997), (d. 2012)
  • 1928-08-03 Cécile Aubry, French actress
  • 1928-10-03 Christian d'Oriola, France, foils (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1928-12-31 Siné, French cartoonist
  • 1929-01-20 Bob Denard, French mercenary
  • 1929-02-06 Pierre Brice, French actor
  • 1929-02-19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1929-02-28 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer
  • 1929-04-07 Bob Denard, French mercenary (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-02 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • 1929-05-16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • 1929-06-13 Alan Civil, English French horn player (d. 1989)
  • 1929-07-26 Marc Lalonde, French Canadian politician
  • 1929-07-29 Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher
  • 1929-08-18 Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • 1929-09-09 Claude Nougaro, French singer (d. 2004)
  • 1929-09-14 Maurice Vachon, French Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1929-10-24 Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist and activist (d. 1977)
  • 1929-10-28 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (d. 1988)
  • 1929-11-09 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (d. 2005)
  • 1929-11-21 Marilyn French, US author (The Women's Room)
  • 1929-12-09 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1929-12-26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-01-30 Gene Hackman, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, The French Connection), born in San Bernardino California

  • 1930-03-06 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-04-17 Genevieve, singer (Jack Paar Show, Scruples), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-04-29 Jean Rochefort, French actor
  • 1930-05-22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1930-05-25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1930-06-09 Barbara, French singer (d. 1997)
  • 1930-07-15 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1930-08-01 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (d. 2002)
  • 1930-08-23 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), born in Courbevoie, Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-01 Philippe Noiret, Lille France, actor (Soleil, Les Milles, Il Postino)
  • 1930-10-15 Phillipe Leroy, actor (Night Porter, Leonardo da Vinci), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-10-23 Gerard Blain, actor (Hatari), born in Paris, France
  • 1930-10-29 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1930-11-14 Monique Mercure, French Canadian actress
  • 1930-12-03 Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville, Hail Mary, Breathless)
  • 1930-12-08 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • 1930-12-11 Jean-Louis Trintignant, France, actor/director (Man & a Woman, Z)
  • 1931-02-28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • 1931-03-05 Fred Othon Aristidès, French comics artist
  • 1931-05-16 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director
  • 1931-05-24 Michael Lonsdale, French actor
  • 1931-06-03 Francoise Arnoul, actress/composer (French Cancan, Jacko & Lise)
  • 1931-06-05 Jacques Demy, France, director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • 1931-07-01 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • 1931-07-06 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1931-07-23 Guy Fournier, French Canadian author and screenwriter
  • 1931-07-24 Éric Tabarly, French sailor (d. 1998)
  • 1931-09-19 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor
  • 1931-10-13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', born in Noeux-les-Mines (d. 2017)
  • 1931-10-25 Annie Giradot, actress (Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), born in Paris, France
  • 1931-11-13 Andrée Lachapelle, French Canadian actress
  • 1932-01-06 Sacha Distel, French singer
  • 1932-01-14 Caterina Valente, singer (Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-02-06 Francois Truffaut, director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-02-19 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-03-11 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), born in London, England
  • 1932-04-26 Francis Lai, French film music composer
  • 1932-04-27 Anouk Aimée, French actress
  • 1932-06-27 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • 1932-07-11 Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-09-24 Dominique Michel, French Canadian comedian
  • 1932-10-24 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-27 Jean-Pierre Cassel, actor (Trout), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-10-30 Louis Malle, France, director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria)
  • 1932-11-08 Stephane Audran, Versailles France, actress (Just Before Nightfall)
  • 1932-11-10 Roy Scheider, actor (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion) (d. 2008)
  • 1932-11-23 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1932-11-29 Jacques Chirac, French politician
  • 1933-01-08 Jean-Marie Straub, France, director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,253

  • 1997-01-14 Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • 1997-02-01 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • 1997-02-05 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • 1997-04-16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1997-06-25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 1997-09-25 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • 1997-11-09 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 1997-11-13 André Boucourechliev, French composer (b. 1925)
  • 1997-11-16 Georges Marchais, Sec Gen of French Communist Party (1972-94), dies
  • 1997-11-25 Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
  • 1997-12-01 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist, dies at 89
  • 1997-12-01 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • 1998-02-06 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 1998-02-10 Maurice Schumann, French foreign minister (1969-73), dies
  • 1998-02-14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1998-04-13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • 1998-04-21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • 1998-04-27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • 1998-06-27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (b. 1935)
  • 1998-07-12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • 1998-08-06 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1998-08-13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • 1998-10-01 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • 1998-10-12 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1998-11-08 Jean Marais, French actor (b. 1913)
  • 1998-11-13 Edwige Feuillère, French actress (b. 1907)
  • 1998-12-11 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1999-01-06 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • 1999-04-05 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • 1999-08-30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • 1999-09-06 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 1999-10-04 Bernard Buffet, French painter (b. 1928)
  • 1999-10-19 Nathalie Sarraute, Russian-born French writer, dies at 99
  • 1999-10-27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • 1999-11-27 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • 1999-12-18 Robert Bresson, French film director (b. 1907)
  • 1999-12-24 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • 2000-01-22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska) (b. 1916)
  • 2000-02-05 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (b. 1901)
  • 2000-02-11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • 2000-02-11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)
  • 2000-04-14 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 2000-04-25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2000-05-20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • 2000-06-06 Frédéric Dard, French writer (b. 1921)
  • 2000-06-15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-07-22 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 2000-08-14 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2000-11-05 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • 2000-11-10 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Prime Minister of France (b. 1915)
  • 2000-11-12 Franck Pourcel, French popular orchestra leader (b. 1913)
  • 2000-11-17 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2000-11-22 Christian Marquand, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2001-01-30 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (b. 1911)
  • 2001-02-19 Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • 2001-02-23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2001-03-16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2001-06-15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2001-08-25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • 2001-10-01 Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)
  • 2001-10-07 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • 2001-10-18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2001-10-23 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (b. 1917)
  • 2001-10-31 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • 2001-12-12 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 2001-12-18 Gilbert Bécaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  • 2001-12-19 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • 2002-01-11 Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • 2002-01-23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2002-05-10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2002-05-11 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • 2002-05-21 Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)
  • 2002-06-29 François Périer, French actor (b. 1919)
  • 2002-07-10 Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)
  • 2002-10-08 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • 2002-10-12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2002-10-20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2002-10-26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • 2002-10-31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur (b. 1945)
  • 2002-11-10 Michel Boisrond, French film director (b. 1921)
  • 2002-11-29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003-01-11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925)
  • 2003-01-19 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2003-02-20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • 2003-02-24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2003-03-04 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2003-03-14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • 2003-03-27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003-04-07 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • 2003-04-23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2003-05-12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • 2003-05-23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • 2003-06-05 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • 2003-06-16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • 2003-07-04 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • 2003-07-14 François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
  • 2003-08-01 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2003-08-09 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • 2003-08-27 Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)