French History (Part 22)

Historical Events

Events 2101 - 2,194 of 2,194

  • 1994-09-08 Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
  • 1994-12-24 Four Muslim fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers
  • 1994-12-26 French commandos terminate Air France hijacking in Marseille
  • 1995-05-07 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election
  • 1996-01-27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1996-01-29 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • 1996-05-08 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • 1997-05-14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1997-06-02 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • 1997-06-13 American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years
  • 1997-11-05 French court orders producer Jacques Charrier, ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, to pay the former screen star $8,300 in damages
  • 1998-04-20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • 1998-07-12 FIFA World Cup: France beats Brazil 3-0 for football's 16th World Cup in Saint-Denis (France's 1st title)
  • 1999-08-11 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • 1999-10-22 Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • 1999-11-06 4th Rugby World Cup: Australia beats France 35-12 in Cardiff
  • 1999-12-26 Severe weather in France kills over 100 people and causes extensive damage to property, trees and the French national power grid (see Lothar).
  • 2000-07-02 UEFA European Championship Final: David Trezeguet scores in extra time to give France a 2-1 win over Italy in Rotterdam
  • 2000-07-20 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.
  • 2000-07-25 Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
  • 2001-05-21 French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
  • 2001-09-21 AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
  • 2002-07-14 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002-07-24 On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony

  • 2002-10-06 The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • 2003-02-10 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • 2003-07-20 France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
  • 2003-08-23 9th World Championships in Athletics open at Saint-Denis, France
  • 2003-08-31 9th World Championships in Athletics close at Saint-Denis, France
  • 2004-11-04 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • 2004-11-27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2004-12-14 The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened
  • 2005-01-18 The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France
  • 2005-02-23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006
  • 2005-04-27 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • 2005-05-29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution
  • 2005-06-03 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.
  • 2005-11-27 First partial human face transplant is completed for Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France.
  • 2006-01-12 French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 2006-01-12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006-02-07 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 2006-03-28 At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties for football's 18th World Cup in Berlin
  • 2007-04-03 Conventional train world speed record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-05-16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2008-03-22 French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets world record of 47.50 for 100m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008
  • 2009-05-15 French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce French narrowly avoided recession in 2008, gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in 1st quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in final quarter of 2008
  • 2009-06-01 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010-02-18 Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 2010-02-24 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-01-16 French politician Marine Le Pen becomes the leader of the National Front Party

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen

  • 2011-02-25 French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • 2012-03-17 Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012-05-06 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • 2012-06-17 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • 2012-11-09 An Algerian C-295 military transport plane crashes near Avignon, France, killing 6 people
  • 2013-01-12 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • 2013-04-09 The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage
  • 2013-04-23 The French National Assembly passes an amended bill legalizing same-sex marriage
  • 2013-04-28 3 people are killed and 14 are injured after a gas explosions causes a building to collapse in Reims, France
  • 2013-05-12 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-07-17 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Rocker Bono
  • 2013-07-29 €103 million of diamonds is stolen from the Carton Intercontinental Hotel, Cannes, France
  • 2013-08-11 2 people are killed and 30 are injured after a coach crash in southern France
  • 2014-07-02 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors
  • 2014-07-29 France contributes 8 million Euros in aid to Gaza
  • 2014-12-07 Mayor of Paris calls for diesel cars to be banned from the French Capital by 2020, in order to reduce pollution
  • 2015-02-01 France defeats Qatar to win the World Handball Championship
  • 2015-03-24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • 2015-07-04 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-08-13 US Government formally returns to France Picasso's painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris' National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-09-13 Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest winner of a golf major winning the Evian Championship in France aged 18yrs, 142 days

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • 2015-10-03 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • 2015-11-15 France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in wake of terror attack on Paris
  • 2015-11-16 French President François Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament
  • 2015-11-18 French police raid terrorist cell in Saint Denis, killing 2 including the leader of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud
  • 2016-01-31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • 2016-02-16 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • 2016-02-24 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a buriel site in Nimes, France
  • 2016-04-06 France passes legistration making it illegal to pay for sex
  • 2016-06-03 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve
  • 2016-07-08 Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to be appointed artistic director at French fashion house Christian Dior
  • 2016-07-10 UEFA European Championship: Eder scores in extra time as Portugal upset France 1-0 in Saint-Denis
  • 2016-08-12 Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • 2016-12-01 French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term - 1st modern French leader not to do so
  • 2017-01-29 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French-Canadian student

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-03-15 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • 2017-05-06 France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2017-05-07 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • 2017-06-18 French President Emmanuel Macron's party La République en Marche and allies win a majority in 2nd round French legislative elections
  • 2017-07-03 French President Emmanuel Macron speech at Palace of Versailles proposes radical government changes, including reduction of MPs
  • 2017-07-06 France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040
  • 2017-07-13 US President Donald Trump arrives in Paris for a 2-day visit with French President Emmanuel Macron

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,769

  • 1934-08-16 Pierre Richard, French actor and director (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • 1934-08-25 Lise Bacon, French-Canadian politician, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada
  • 1934-09-25 Jean Sorel, French actor
  • 1934-09-28 Brigitte Bardot, French actress, model, animal activist and sex kitten (And God Created Women), born in Paris, France
  • 1934-12-04 Victor French, actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1935-02-21 Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
  • 1935-06-13 Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebonnt, French artist
  • 1935-06-21 Francoise Sagan, [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), born in Cajarc, France
  • 1935-06-27 Laurent Terzieff, actor (Head Over Heels, Milky Way), born in Paris, France
  • 1935-07-31 Yvon Deschamps, French-Canadian author and humorist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1935-08-28 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (d. 1998)
  • 1935-08-29 William Friedkin, American director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-10-10 André Bureau, French Canadian communications executive
  • 1935-11-08 Alain Delon, French actor (Honor Among Thieves, Return of Zorro)
  • 1935-11-16 France-Albert Rene, president of Seychelles (1977- )
  • 1935-12-18 Jacques Pépin, French chef
  • 1936-03-01 Monique Bégin, French-Canadian politician
  • 1936-03-07 Georges Perec, French writer (Seire Noire, Retour a la bien-aimee)
  • 1936-04-07 Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist
  • 1936-04-15 Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
  • 1936-04-22 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist (d. 1998)
  • 1936-05-06 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • 1936-05-16 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936-05-28 Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician
  • 1936-06-15 Claude Brasseur, actor (Josepha, Pardon Mon Affair), born in Paris, France
  • 1936-09-29 Mylene Demongeot, Nice France, actress (3 Murderesses)
  • 1936-12-28 Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1937-01-12 Marie Dubois, actress (Wise Guys, Jules & Jim), born in Paris, France
  • 1937-03-06 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • 1937-07-12 Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister of France (1997-2002), born in Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • 1937-07-12 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1937-07-28 Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1937-09-17 Albertine Sarrazin, French author (L'astragale, La Cavale)
  • 1938-01-07 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1938-01-13 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-22 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician (d. 1995)
  • 1938-02-27 Pascale Petit, French actress (Code Name: Jaguar, End of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1938-03-10 Marina Vlady, Clichy France, actress (Conjugal Bed, The Hunt)
  • 1938-04-20 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bergerac, Dordogne (d. 1982)
  • 1938-05-08 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), born in Val-de-Marne, French (d. 2012)
  • 1938-05-10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • 1938-05-13 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)
  • 1938-05-15 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • 1938-07-10 Paul Andreu, French architect
  • 1938-07-27 Isabelle Aubret, French singer
  • 1938-07-30 Hervé de Charette, French politician
  • 1938-08-02 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician
  • 1938-08-20 Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, French cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
  • 1938-08-20 Alain Vivien, French politician
  • 1938-10-06 Serge Nubret, French bodybuilder
  • 1938-10-26 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), born in Nimes, France (d. 2013)
  • 1938-11-03 Jean Rollin, French director and screenwriter
  • 1938-11-05 Joe Dassin, French-speaking American singer (d. 1980)
  • 1938-11-13 Gérald Godin, French-Canadian poet and politician, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1938-11-30 Jean Eustache, French filmmaker
  • 1938-12-11 Enrico Macias, Algerian-born French singer
  • 1939-01-01 Michèle Mercier, French actress
  • 1939-02-01 Claude François, French singer (d. 1978)
  • 1939-03-14 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • 1939-04-03 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • 1939-04-06 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1939-05-09 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • 1939-05-23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1939-07-17 Andrée Champagne, French Canadian actress and politician, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • 1939-07-31 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • 1939-10-05 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress
  • 1939-10-05 Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright
  • 1939-10-09 Pierre Mertens, French/Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines)
  • 1939-12-06 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940-03-06 Joanna Miles, Nice France, actress (Cross Creek, Delta County USA)
  • 1940-04-15 Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
  • 1940-04-16 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • 1940-05-26 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 1940-07-11 Yvon Charbonneau, French Canadian union leader and politician
  • 1940-08-07 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • 1940-08-28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist
  • 1940-08-31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1940-09-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (d. 1994)
  • 1940-10-29 Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)
  • 1940-12-23 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician
  • 1941-01-16 Richard Bohringer, actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-04-23 Jacqueline Boyer, French singer (Tom Pillibi), born in Paris
  • 1941-04-28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • 1941-06-24 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • 1941-07-02 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • 1941-07-13 Jacques Perrin, actress (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-08-01 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941-09-23 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1941-11-27 Aimé Jacquet, French football manager
  • 1942-01-29 Claudine Longet, French former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • 1942-02-27 Michel Forget, French Canadian actor
  • 1942-03-02 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist
  • 1942-04-26 Claudine Auger, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball), born in Paris, France
  • 1942-08-01 André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer
  • 1942-09-05 Denise Fabre, French television presenter, born in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
  • 1942-09-28 Pierre Clémenti, French actor (d. 1999)
  • 1942-09-29 Jean-Luc Ponty, French fusion violinist (Frank Zappa), born in Avranches, France
  • 1942-12-19 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1943-02-11 Serge Lama, French singer

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 2101 - 2,200 of 2,233

  • 2004-11-14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

2004-11-26 Philippe de Broca, French film director (Le Bossu) dies aged 71

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 2004-12-31 Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)
  • 2005-01-07 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-28 Karen Lancaume, French actress (suicide) (b. 1973)
  • 2005-01-28 Jacques Villeret, French actor (b. 1951)
  • 2005-02-13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • 2005-02-15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005-02-22 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), dies from natural causes at 94
  • 2005-04-11 André François, Hungarian-French cartoonist, dies at 89
  • 2005-04-11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • 2005-05-13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2005-05-20 Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • 2005-06-15 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), dies of gastroenteritis at 87
  • 2005-07-06 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • 2005-07-19 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who made a solitary journey across the Atlantic ocean without provisions, dies at 80
  • 2005-08-03 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)
  • 2005-08-22 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • 2005-08-28 Jacques Dufilho, French actor (b. 1914)
  • 2005-09-14 Vladimir Volkoff, French writer (b. 1932)
  • 2005-10-22 Arman, French-born artist (b. 1928)
  • 2005-10-28 Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005-11-29 David di Tommaso, French footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2005-12-04 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • 2005-12-17 Marc Favreau, French-Canadian humourist, dies at 76
  • 2006-01-14 Henri Colpi, French film editor and director (b. 1921)
  • 2006-01-17 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • 2006-01-27 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, presumed dead at 40
  • 2006-02-14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor (b. 1925)
  • 2006-03-22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2006-06-15 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, dies at 83
  • 2006-07-20 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • 2006-08-20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2006-08-24 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, dies at 90
  • 2006-08-28 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • 2006-09-09 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2006-09-29 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • 2006-10-01 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)
  • 2006-10-17 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006-11-03 Paul Mauriat, French musician (b. 1925)
  • 2006-11-07 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2006-11-23 Philippe Noiret, French actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006-12-01 Claude Jade, French actress (b. 1948)
  • 2007-01-11 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • 2007-01-22 Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • 2007-02-17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • 2007-03-02 Henri Troyat, French writer, dean of the Académie française (b. 1911)
  • 2007-03-06 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2007-03-14 Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
  • 2007-04-16 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • 2007-04-19 Jean-Pierre Cassel, French actor (b. 1932)
  • 2007-04-30 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • 2007-05-18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • 2007-05-30 Jean-Claude Brialy, French actor and author (b. 1933)
  • 2007-06-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2007-07-05 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2007-07-29 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), dies at 79
  • 2007-08-05 Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal of France
  • 2007-08-29 Pierre Messmer, French politician and Prime Minister (b. 1916)
  • 2007-09-22 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (b. 1923)
  • 2007-10-13 Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • 2007-10-22 Ève Curie French writer (b. 1904)
  • 2007-12-06 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • 2008-01-29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008-03-12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • 2008-03-27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • 2008-04-17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2008-04-19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • 2008-06-01 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
  • 2008-06-18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • 2008-08-13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • 2008-11-12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • 2009-01-12 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • 2009-01-24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • 2009-03-14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • 2009-03-29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • 2009-05-29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2009-09-12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2009-10-30 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), dies at 100
  • 2010-01-10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • 2010-01-12 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, dies of cancer caused by the side effects of drugs used to treat AIDS at 63
  • 2010-05-31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter (b. 1911)
  • 2010-08-30 Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2010-09-12 Claude Chabrol, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2010-09-29 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors, dies at 86
  • 2010-10-01 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • 2010-10-05 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010-10-06 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2010-11-04 Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2010-12-18 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • 2011-02-03 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2011-02-28 Annie Girardot, French actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011-04-24 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2011-07-10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • 2011-09-13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • 2011-12-23 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • 2012-01-01 Marcelle Narbonne, French super-centenarian and oldest person in Europe, dies at 113
  • 2012-03-10 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), dies at 73
  • 2012-03-14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • 2012-04-04 Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70