French History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,191

  • 1977-02-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-03-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-03-20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections
  • 1977-05-07 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • 1977-06-27 Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
  • 1977-07-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
  • 1977-11-12 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-11-24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1977-12-17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-02-01 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • 1978-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-03-16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast
  • 1978-03-17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • 1978-03-22 France performs nuclear test
  • 1978-04-26 France sends troops to Chad
  • 1978-06-26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • 1978-07-19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-07-26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-08-14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • 1978-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-11-30 France performs nuclear test
  • 1978-12-18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1978-12-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1979-03-09 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1979-07-09 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • 1979-07-27 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1979-07-28 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1979-09-20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • 1980-02-16 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
  • 1980-02-23 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-03-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980-03-06 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • 1980-03-23 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-04-01 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-04-03 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-05-30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • 1980-07-06 France performs nuclear test
  • 1980-07-18 Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France
  • 1980-07-30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 1980-11-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-02-01 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • 1981-02-26 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • 1981-03-06 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-03-28 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-04-10 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-05-10 Francois Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for Presidency of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1981-05-21 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France
  • 1981-06-21 Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election
  • 1981-06-23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • 1981-07-08 France performs nuclear test

  • 1981-07-08 French Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • 1981-07-11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981-08-03 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • 1981-09-18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • 1981-10-09 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • 1981-11-07 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-12-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981-12-08 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982-02-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-03-20 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982-07-25 France performs nuclear Test
  • 1982-07-31 46 kids & 7 adults die as 2 buses and several cars collide near Beaune, France
  • 1982-07-31 Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria and France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
  • 1982-09-24 US, Italian & French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon
  • 1982-10-11 English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth, England
  • 1983-01-19 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, arrested in Bolivia
  • 1983-02-06 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • 1983-04-05 France throws out 47 Soviet diplomats
  • 1983-04-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983-04-25 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-05-25 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-06-22 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," released in France

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1983-07-05 France invades Algeria
  • 1983-07-15 8 killed, 54 wounded, by Armenian extremists bomb at Orly, France
  • 1983-07-20 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-08-04 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983-12-03 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1983-12-07 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-04-21 Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
  • 1984-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-05-12 France performs nuclear test
  • 1984-06-27 UEFA European Championship Final: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain 2-0 in Paris
  • 1984-07-17 Pierre Mauroy resigns as Premier of France
  • 1984-08-11 101,799 fans at soccer match Brazil vs France
  • 1984-08-25 French airship capsizes
  • 1984-10-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1984-11-02 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1985-05-08 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

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.
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  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,766

  • 1922-12-23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923-03-04 Piero J d'Inzeo, French equestrian show jumper (Olymp-gold-1952, 64)
  • 1923-03-09 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, born in Pau, French Basque country (d. 2016)
  • 1923-03-19 Janine Dacosta, French pianist
  • 1923-03-22 Marcel Marceau, Strasbourg France, mime (Barbarella, Silent Movie)
  • 1923-06-12 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2008)
  • 1923-08-03 Roger Foulon, French/Belgian poet
  • 1923-09-02 Rene Thom, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1923-09-13 Edouard Boubat, French photographer (d. 1999)
  • 1923-12-10 Jorge Semprun, French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z)
  • 1924-01-19 Jean Francois Revel, French journalist/author (Ni Marx ni Jesus)
  • 1924-01-20 Yvonne Loriod, Houilles France, pianist
  • 1924-02-13 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economist/politician
  • 1924-04-29 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-05-09 Jean J A Girault, French director/screenwriter (l'Amour)
  • 1924-05-22 Charles Aznavour, Armenia, French singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum)
  • 1924-06-06 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • 1924-06-09 Christine Goitschel, French slalom (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1924-06-21 Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalytic thinker, born in Paris (d. 2012)
  • 1924-07-18 John Cruickshank, French scholar (d. 1995)
  • 1924-07-24 Janine Charrat, French ballerina/choreographer
  • 1924-08-01 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-08-14 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, born in Waziers, France (d. 2017)
  • 1924-09-12 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), born in Marseille, France (d. 1988)
  • 1924-09-13 Maurice Jarre, Lyons France, composer (Doctor Zhivago-Acad Award 1966)
  • 1924-10-10 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1924-10-27 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat to test his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive without provisions, born in Paris, France
  • 1924-10-30 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus)
  • 1924-11-12 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-12-19 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1925-01-01 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • 1925-03-04 Paul Mauriat, French musician (d. 2006)
  • 1925-03-24 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1925-03-26 Pierre Boulez, composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), born in Montbrison, France (d. 2016)
  • 1925-03-31 Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)
  • 1925-04-04 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian politician and judge, born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada (d. 1979)
  • 1925-04-30 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1925-05-19 Guy Provost, French Canadian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1925-05-20 D French Slaughter Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1985- )
  • 1925-05-30 Claude Prey, French composer, born in Fleury sur Andelle (d. 1998)
  • 1925-07-20 Jacques Delors, French economist/chairman European Committee (1985-95)
  • 1925-07-20 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), born in Martinique, France (d. 1961)
  • 1925-08-18 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-21 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), born in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2003)
  • 1925-08-26 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1925-08-27 Darry Cowl, French actor (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-30 Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator
  • 1925-09-08 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Paris (d. 2011)
  • 1925-10-20 Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1925-12-27 Michel Piccoli, actor (Topaz, Peril, May Fools), born in Paris, France
  • 1926-01-01 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1926-01-15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (d. 1996)
  • 1926-01-24 Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
  • 1926-02-02 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician
  • 1926-02-11 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), born in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France (d. 2018)
  • 1926-02-23 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1926-03-01 Robert Clary [Widerman], French-American actor, published author, artist and lecturer (LeBeau-Hogan's Heroes), born in Paris, France
  • 1926-03-31 John Fowles, English novelist (Collector, French Leiutenent's Woman)
  • 1926-07-17 Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
  • 1926-08-05 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1926-08-10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926-08-14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1926-08-17 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1926-09-14 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist, born in Mons-en-Baroeul (d. 2016)
  • 1926-09-15 Jean-Pierre Serre, French mathematician
  • 1926-10-15 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (The History of Sexuality), born in Poitiers (d. 1984)
  • 1926-12-24 Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director
  • 1927-01-01 Maurice Béjart, French choreographer (d. 2007)

Person of interestHubert de Givenchy

1927-02-21 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) and founder of Givenchy (1952), born in Beauvais, France (d. 2018)

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • 1927-02-24 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 2017)
  • 1927-03-02 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • 1927-04-13 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), born in Nice, France (d. 1983)

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

1927-04-25 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix), born in Fismes, Marne, France

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • 1927-05-26 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), born in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 2014)
  • 1927-05-28 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • 1927-07-13 Simone Veil, President European parliament (France)
  • 1927-07-25 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), born in Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, France (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 known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in (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?), born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France (d. 1990)
  • 1928-01-17 Jean Barraqué, French composer (d. 1973)
  • 1928-01-23 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1928-01-24 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
  • 1928-01-26 Roger Vadim, French director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • 1928-02-26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928-03-01 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • 1928-04-02 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 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, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-06 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-05-23 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1928-05-30 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director (Vagabond), born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1928-06-20 Jean-Marie le Pen, French leader (National Front party)
  • 1928-07-05 Pierre Mauroy, French politician (Prime Minister, 1981-4), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-10 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1928-07-14 Pierre Olaf [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,232

  • 1992-10-26 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1992-11-29 Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993-01-13 Rene Pleven, PM of France (1950-51, 51-52), dies
  • 1993-01-29 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65
  • 1993-02-10 Maurice Bourges-Maunoury, PM of France (1957), dies
  • 1993-02-22 Jean Lecanuet, French UDF-presidential candidate, dies at 72
  • 1993-03-03 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • 1993-03-06 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • 1993-04-03 Alexander Mnouchkine, French movie producer (Professional), dies at 83
  • 1993-06-02 French JFM of Thiel, Dutch 2nd chamber chairman (1963-72), dies at 86
  • 1993-06-08 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), dies at 84
  • 1993-06-17 French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
  • 1993-07-24 Francis Bouygues, French entrepreneur/billionaire, dies at 70
  • 1993-09-05 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), dies at 78
  • 1993-09-21 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993-10-01 Janine Darcey, French actress (Priez pour nous), dies at 75
  • 1993-10-10 Catherine Collard, French pianist (Debussy, Haydn), dies at 46
  • 1993-11-16 Achille Zavatta, French clown (b. 1915)
  • 1993-11-20 Christopher Frank, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1993-12-05 Alexandre Trauber, Hungarian/French set designer (Harem), dies at 87
  • 1993-12-08 Andre Cerf, French actor/producer (Nana), dies at 93
  • 1993-12-11 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1993-12-25 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (b. 1899)
  • 1994-01-02 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81
  • 1994-01-15 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • 1994-01-22 Jean-Louis Barrault, French stage actor, director and producer (Les Enfants du Paradis), dies at 83
  • 1994-01-23 Suzanne M Blum, French lawyer (Charlie Chaplin), dies at 95
  • 1994-01-31 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • 1994-02-19 Georges Watin, Algerian/French officer (OAS), dies at 71
  • 1994-02-24 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1994-02-25 Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
  • 1994-03-09 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), dies of bladder cancer at 76
  • 1994-03-11 Jacques Doucet, French painter (Mostar Sarajevo), dies at 69
  • 1994-03-25 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena), dies at 32
  • 1994-04-01 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • 1994-04-03 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
  • 1994-04-08 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • 1994-04-09 Marcel Ichac, French alpinist/director (Karakoram), dies at 87
  • 1994-04-20 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1994-05-16 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), dies at 85
  • 1994-05-30 Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79
  • 1994-06-14 Michel Vitold, Russian/French actor (Madame et le Mort), dies at 78
  • 1994-07-08 Christian-Jaque, French director (Babette s'and va-t-and guerre), dies
  • 1994-07-14 Robert Jungk, German/French/Us/Austrian philosopher/historian, dies
  • 1994-07-19 Christian-Jaque, [Christian Maudet], French director (Nana), dies
  • 1994-09-16 Albert de Courtray, French archbishop of Lyon/cardinal, dies at 71
  • 1994-09-23 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), dies at 94
  • 1994-11-29 Sviatoslav S Stravinsky, French/US composer/son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • 1994-12-04 Jacob Kaplan, French Grand Rabbi (1955-81), dies at 99
  • 1994-12-07 Elga Andersen, German/French model/actress (Global Affair), dies at 58
  • 1994-12-12 Antoine Pinay, French PM (1952)/foreign minister, dies at 102
  • 1994-12-13 Antoine Pinay, PM of France (1952-53), dies
  • 1994-12-18 Roger Apéry, Greek-French mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 1994-12-23 Didier Rocher, son of French cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, dies at 41
  • 1994-12-25 Pierre Dreyfus, French director of Renault (1955-75), dies at 87
  • 1994-12-30 Lloyd James Austin, french Scholar, dies at 79
  • 1995-01-21 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 1995-01-27 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, dies at 91
  • 1995-02-02 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé, French prince/Russian, dies at 47
  • 1995-02-02 Andre Frossard, French publicist (Defense of Pope), dies at 80
  • 1995-02-15 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), dies at 77
  • 1995-03-03 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995-03-03 Pierre Tisseyre, publisher (Circle du livre de France), dies at 85
  • 1995-03-07 Paul-Emile Victor, French polar explorer, dies at 87
  • 1995-03-21 Etienne Martin, French sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1995-04-05 Christian Pineau, French politician, dies
  • 1995-07-11 John Cruickshank, French scholar, dies at 70
  • 1995-07-16 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83

Person of interestFrancois Mitterrand

1996-01-08 Francois Mitterrand, President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1996-02-18 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • 1996-03-03 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • 1996-04-01 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • 1996-07-17 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, dies at 81

Person of interestClaudette Colbert

1996-07-30 Claudette Colbert, French-born American actress (It Happened One Night), dies of a stroke at 93

  • 1996-08-01 Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • 1996-08-02 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • 1996-08-08 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • 1996-09-21 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • 1996-12-09 Alain Poher, French President of European Parliament (1966-69), dies
  • 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 interestJacques Cousteau

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, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • 1997-11-25 Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
  • 1997-12-01 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, 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 Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • 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)