French History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,198

  • 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.

  • 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 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 & 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,779

  • 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
  • 1928-05-23 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1928-05-30 Agnès Varda, French director
  • 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 (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, 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, 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, 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 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, French actor and 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, 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)
  • 1932-01-06 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, 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)
  • 1933-02-13 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933-02-26 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,246

  • 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 (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 (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 [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 (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, 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 (b. 1921)
  • 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 (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)
  • 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 writer (b. 1922)
  • 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 ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)