French History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,194

  • 1985-08-03 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-08-26 French government denies knowledge of attack on Rainbow Warrior
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  • 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 Mururoa atoll

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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1986-05-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 and 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1987-11-05 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-19 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987-11-29 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-10-31 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-11-15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989-11-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-05-15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • 1991-05-18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-07-05 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1991-07-15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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
  • 1993-06-09 "Passion Fish" (1992) premieres in France
  • 1993-06-09 "Tout capour ca!" (1993) premieres in France
  • 1994-05-06 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • 1994-05-11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • 1994-06-23 Opération Turquoise: 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians under the mandate of the United Nations
  • 1994-06-24 1st French "all news" TV (LCI) begins broadcasting
  • 1994-06-30 Airbus A330 crash at Toulouse France (7 killed)
  • 1994-07-16 Spanish fishing boats sink a French fishing boat over fishing rights
  • 1994-07-17 French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche
  • 1994-08-21 The last French troops pull out of Rwanda, ending their highly controversial mission there

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,769

  • 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 [Trivier], French actor (Camelot, Don't Drink the Water, Kraft Music Hall), born in Caudéran, Bordeaux (d. 1995)
  • 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 (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1928-10-03 Christian d'Oriola, French 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, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), born in Northamptonshire, England (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, born in Montreal, Canada (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 interestGene Hackman

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, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z)
  • 1931-01-14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • 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, French 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 (The Last Escape)
  • 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 (A Man and A Woman), born in Paris
  • 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 and Nobel Prize laureate (1991), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1932-10-27 Jean-Pierre Cassel, actor (Trout), born in Paris, France
  • 1932-10-30 Louis Malle, French 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, French director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)
  • 1933-01-29 Sacha Distel, French singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1933-02-13 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933-02-26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

1933-03-15 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 1933-03-29 Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet (Quand nous serons heureux), born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1933-04-09 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique), born in Paris, France
  • 1933-05-18 Bernadette Chirac, French politician
  • 1933-05-21 Maurice André, French trumpeter, (d. 2012)
  • 1933-06-17 Christian Ferras, French violinist/conductor
  • 1933-06-20 Jean Boiteux, French 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1933-06-22 Jacques Martin, French TV host (d. 2007)
  • 1933-07-08 Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice
  • 1933-07-28 Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1933-08-18 Just Fontaine, French footballer
  • 1933-09-02 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), born in Kouarfa, French Dahomey (d. 2015)
  • 1933-12-01 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • 1934-01-27 Edithe Cresson, premier of France (1991-92)
  • 1934-02-27 Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (d. 1992)
  • 1934-04-01 Vladimir Posner, Russian-French-American journalist who represented and explained the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, born in Paris
  • 1934-04-02 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Department of Health) (d. 2014)
  • 1934-06-07 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), born in Reims, France
  • 1934-07-01 Claude Berri, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1934-07-25 Claude Zidi, French film director and screenwriter
  • 1934-08-15 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,232

  • 1998-08-13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • 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 (Donkey Skin, Orpheus), dies of cardio-vascular disease at 84
  • 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 [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), 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 (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • 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 (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • 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 (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), dies at 90
  • 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 composer and actor known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • 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 [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82
  • 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, dies at 57
  • 2002-11-10 Michel Boisrond, French film director (b. 1921)
  • 2002-11-29 Daniel Gélin, French actor (Obsession, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of kidney failure at 81
  • 2003-01-11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • 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 (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), dies at 75
  • 2003-04-07 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • 2003-04-23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92
  • 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)
  • 2003-08-29 Michel Constantin, French film actor (b. 1924)
  • 2003-11-16 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • 2003-11-20 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • 2003-11-26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • 2004-02-18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • 2004-03-04 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • 2004-03-21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • 2004-04-14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • 2004-05-31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2004-07-08 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), dies at 84
  • 2004-07-18 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist (b. 1912)
  • 2004-07-22 Sacha Distel, French singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head cover), dies at 71
  • 2004-07-23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)

Person of interestHenri Cartier-Bresson

2004-08-03 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 2004-08-09 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • 2004-08-17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan, French writer and playwright (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • 2004-09-29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • 2004-10-08 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • 2004-11-11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2004-11-14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)