Return to home2016 Jan 5,
Pierre Boulez (90), the former principal conductor of the New York
Philharmonic, died at his home in Germany. The French conductor
moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long
career that made him one of the leading figures in modern classical
(AP, 1/6/16)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.92)
2016 Jan 7, In France Salim
Benghalem (35), a key French member of the Islamic State group, was
sentenced in absentia by a Paris court to 15 years in prison. He had
ties to the Charlie Hebdo attackers. Six other men, who have
returned from Syria and Iraq, were given sentences of between six
and nine years.
2016 Jan 7, Paris police shot
dead a man wielding a knife after he tried to enter a police station
shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) and wearing what turned out
to be a fake suicide belt.
2016 Jan 11, In France an
ethnic Kurd Turkish teenager (15) stabbed a Jewish teacher with a
machete in the southern city of Marseille. The teen claimed to have
been acting for the Islamic State.
2016 Jan 13, In the French Alps
a deadly avalanche hit a high school skiing group killing 2 students
and a Ukrainian skier.
(SFC, 1/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 14, A French court
convicted British ex-soldier Rob Lawrie of endangerment for trying
to spirit a 4-year-old Afghan girl from a squalid migrant camp in
Calais to family members in Britain, but dropped a tougher smuggling
charge and handed him only a suspended fine.
2016 Jan 14, French
investigators confirmed that Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh, who
blew himself up when trapped by police on Nov 18, was the third
member of the three-man unit that killed dozens of cafe-goers.
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications
hub near Mosul.
2016 Jan 15, French authorities
said one man was brain dead and three others faced possible
permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug
trial for a painkiller based on a natural brain compound similar to
the active ingredient in marijuana.
2016 Jan 15, Moroccan police
arrested Gele Attar, a Belgian man of Moroccan descent, who had a
direct relationship to the terrorists who carried out the Nov 13
attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
(SFC, 1/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 17, A man died in a
French hospital after taking part in a drug trial for a painkiller
based on a compound similar to cannabis. He had already been in a
state of brain death. Five other participants remained hospitalized.
2016 Jan 18, In France an
avalanche killed at least 5 military personnel and seriously injured
two others while they were skiing in Valfrejus in the department of
2016 Jan 18, Saudi Arabia
suspended the import of poultry, eggs and dairy products from seven
French regions over a bird flu outbreak. The regions included
southwestern Dordogne, where the highly virulent H5N1 strain of the
virus was identified in November.
2016 Jan 20, In France the
defense ministers of seven countries leading the battle against the
Islamic State group met in Paris to review strategy as the jihadists
spread their influence around the globe. The French and US defense
ministers hosted the meeting attended by their Australian, British,
Dutch, German and Italian counterparts.
2016 Jan 22, France said it
will provide one billion euros ($1.1 billion) to Tunisia over the
next five years as part of an economic support package.
2016 Jan 22, French farmers in
the western region of Brittany blocked a national highway with a
pile of smoldering tires to protest falling prices.
2016 Jan 24, French Pres.
Hollande began a 3-day visit to India.
(SFC, 1/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 25, India signed an
inter-governmental pact to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter
planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work
to do to finalize financial terms after months of talks.
2016 Jan 26, In France one in
five flights were canceled at Paris airports and other flights faced
delays as air traffic controllers staged a walkout and taxi drivers
disrupted roads. Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit
bonfires on a major highway amid nationwide strikes and protests
over working conditions and competition from non-traditional
services such as Uber.
2016 Jan 26, French authorities
said one person died and another was injured in a tunnel collapse at
a future nuclear waste storage site in Bure.
2016 Jan 30, In France
thousands of people marched through Paris and in other cities to
decry the proposed extension of a state of emergency imposed after
the November Paris attacks.
2016 Feb 1, Cuba's President
Raul Castro began an official state visit to France, his first ever
to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his
island nation's ties with the West.
2016 Feb 3, In France police
cleared a sprawling slum-like camp along railroad tracks on the edge
of Paris that housed hundreds of Roma, citing sanitary concerns.
2016 Feb 8, France's former
budget minister Jerome Cahuzac (63), who stashed millions abroad
while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial for tax
fraud and money laundering.
2016 Feb 9, A sweep involving
teams of sniffer dogs and a helicopter was conducted simultaneously
in Paris and Craiova, in southern Romania. The joint operation by
Romania and France against pickpockets targeting visitors to
Disneyland Paris and other French tourist sites nabbed the
ringleaders. The probe began last March after local police noted a
spike in pickpocketing by Romanians and ethnic Roma outside
Disneyland and on the train that links Paris to the amusement park.
2016 Feb 10, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius (69) announced he was leaving the government
ahead of a wider reshuffle that President Francois Hollande hopes
can help bolster his chances for the 2017 presidential elections.
2016 Feb 11, In western France
at least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into
a truck in Rochefort, a day after another road accident involving a
school bus left two youngsters dead near the Swiss border.
2016 Feb 24, The French
newspaper Le Monde reported that French special forces and
intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against
Islamic State militants in Libya in conjunction with the United
States and Britain.
2016 Feb 29, France interior
minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Parisian police will be given
assault rifles and Kalashnikov-resistant shields in a first for the
French capital's officers nearly four months after a devastating
terror attack killed 130 people.
2016 Feb 29, French riot police
clashed with migrants as bulldozers moved into the grim shantytown
on the edge of Calais known as the "Jungle" to start destroying
hundreds of makeshift shelters.
2016 Feb, Thomas Gallay, a
French engineer, working in Morocco, was arrested in an anti-terror
sweep and accused of supporting a terrorist organization. Moroccan
authorities said he was a convert to Islam who gave 70 euros to two
Moroccan members of a terror cell. Gallay received a six-year prison
sentence. Gallay later claimed he had signed a confession in Arabic
that he could neither read nor understand.
2016 Mar 1, France razed parts
of the "Jungle" migrant camp for a second day while thousands of
refugees remained blocked in Greece.
2016 Mar 2, In northern France
dozens of riot police moved in for a third day to demolish the
shantytown on the outskirts of the port city of Calais after half a
dozen shelters were burned down overnight.
2016 Mar 3, In France a group
of Iranian migrants sewed their mouths shut in a disturbing protest
at the ongoing demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp in the port
city of Calais.
2016 Mar 8, In France Jacobus
van Nierop (51), a Dutch man dubbed by French media the "dentist of
horror," went on trial after allegedly causing horrific injuries to
the mouths of more than 100 patients. On April 26, 2016, Nierop was
found guilty of assault and fraud and sentenced to eight years in
(AFP, 3/8/16)(AP, 4/26/16)
2016 Mar 8, French researchers
said the Zika virus, suspected of causing brain damage in babies and
a neurological ailment in adults, has now also been linked to the
paralyzing disorder myelitis.
2016 Mar 9, French students and
trade unions staged protest marches across the country against
far-reaching labor reforms.
2016 Mar 12, French police
detained 14 young extreme right activists after they torched tires
and tried to block migrants in the port of Calais from entering the
center of town.
2016 Mar 14, French PM Manuel
Valls unveiled a revised labor reform bill that makes concessions to
trade unions following mass protests against the measures.
2016 Mar 15, Belgian and French
police officers arrived to search a flat in a Brussels suburb in a
raid targeting suspects in the Nov 13 Paris attacks. They came under
a barrage of automatic weapons fire through a door from at least two
people barricaded inside, injuring four officers. A special forces
sniper shot dead Algerian gunman Mohamed Belkaid (35) when he tried
to fire at police from a window. An Islamic State flag was found
next to his body. Two suspects were detained.
(Reuters, 3/16/16)(AFP, 3/16/16)
2016 Mar 17, French unions said
the government will lift a six-year-old freeze on civil servants'
pay, but that the resulting wage increase was too little.
2016 Mar 17, In France
thousands of youths held street protests to reject the government's
new labor changes.
2016 Mar 17, French lawmakers
approved plans for a total ban on some widely used pesticides blamed
for harming bees, going beyond EU restrictions in a fierce debate
that has pitched farmers and chemical firms against beekeepers and
2016 Mar 24, French authorities
arrested French national Reda Kriket (34) in the Paris suburb of
Argenteuil. He was suspected of belonging to a militant network
planning an attack. Explosives were found in the man's house as well
as a Kalashnikov AK-47 and a machine pistol from Croatia.
(Reuters, 3/25/16)(AFP, 3/25/16)(Econ, 4/16/16,
2016 Mar 27, Basque separatist
group ETA called for peace talks with the Spanish and French
governments and the return of ETA prisoners to the northern Basque
2016 Mar 30, President Francois
Hollande abandoned plans to strip French nationality from people
convicted of terrorism.
2016 Mar 31, In France
demonstrators clashed with police in the streets during fresh
protests over labor reforms. Official figures said at least 200,000
people had joined demonstrations in around 50 towns around the
country despite rainy weather.
2016 Apr 2, In Spain 7 people
died in a pre-dawn crash between two cars near the northern city of
Figueres. 5 people of a car with French license plates were between
19 and 22 and not wearing seatbelts.
2016 Apr 4, Air France decided
to allow female flight attendants to refuse to work the company's
new route to Iran, beginning April 17, for which they must wear a
2016 Apr 5, French finance
minister Michel Sapin said France will put Panama back on its
blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions, after media
revelations about a Panamanian law firm specialised in setting up
2016 Apr 5, Paris riot police
fired tear gas and charged youths throwing stones, bottles and eggs
during fresh protests against France's proposed labor reforms,
making over 100 arrests.
2016 Apr 6, A Paris court
convicted Jean-Marie Le Pen (87), founder and former head of
France's far-right National Front party, of denying crimes against
humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a "detail" of
World War II history.
2016 Apr 6, France's lower
house of parliament held a final vote on a bill against prostitution
and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers
would face fines and be required to attend classes on the harms of
2016 Apr 6, French economics
minister Emmanuel Macron and Benjamin Griveaux co-founded the En
Marche! (On the Move!) political movement. Following Macron’s
election in 2017 the party was renamed “La Republique en Marche"
7/16/16, p.41)(Econ 5/13/17, p.14, 44)
2016 Apr 9, In western France
clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in Rennes as
thousands took to the streets for a sixth day of nationwide protests
against a draft law that seeks to loosen some labor protections.
2016 Apr 10, In France Paris
police made eight arrests after demonstrators protesting the
government's labor reforms went on a rampage across the capital,
attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalizing bank
2016 Apr 11, The French
government announced about half a billion euros in aid for students
in an attempt to defuse anger from protesters who said they would
gather again on a central Paris square for the 12th night in a row.
2016 Apr 12, In northern Mali 3
French peacekeeping soldiers died after their armored car ran over a
2016 Apr 12, Spanish police
arrested Antoine Denive (27), a Frenchman who they believe supplied
weapons to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly for use in the January
2015 attacks in the French capital.
2016 Apr 14, Britain, France,
Germany, Italy and Spain agreed to share information on company
ownership to make it harder for criminals and tax cheats to avoid
(SFC, 4/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 15, France's top
administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically
modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO supporters that
will not allow such crops to be grown in France because of
subsequent legislation reinforcing the ban.
2016 Apr 16, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Beirut at the start of a regional tour
that will take him to Egypt and Jordan.
2016 Apr 16, The French and
German foreign ministers arrived in Libya for talks with the head of
the unity government Fayaz Seraj to offer support as he seeks to
stabilize the North African state.
2016 Apr 16, French police
arrested twenty-two people in Paris during overnight clashes at a
demonstration over labor reforms seen as threatening workers'
2016 Apr 26, French train
services were severely disrupted as tens of thousands of state rail
workers protested over plans to reduce rest periods and other
protective work practices in preparation for Europe-wide
2016 Apr 26, Australian PM
Malcolm Turnbull announced that France has beaten Japan and Germany
to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12
submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defense
2016 Apr 27, The French
billionaire and art collector Francois Pinault announced the
creation of a new contemporary art museum in central Paris.
2016 Apr 27, Paris attacks
suspect Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive until his
capture in Belgium last month, was returned to France to face
justice. His lawyer said Abdeslam is willing to cooperate.
2016 Apr 28, French protesters
were back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country's
labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two
airports serving Paris.
2016 Apr 28, Paris-based Drug
maker Sanofi said it has made a $9.3 billion bid for San Francisco
pharmaceutical firm Medivation, part of the firm's effort to expand
its portfolio of cancer treatments.
2016 Apr 29, French riot police
arrested 27 people during overnight clashes with dozens of youths in
central Paris, following a day of protest marches over labor law
reforms that turned violent.
2016 Apr 29, French Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France will increase the number of
its troops in Ivory Coast from 500 to 900, on a trip to the African
nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.
2016 May 4, French riot police
clashed with demonstrators outside a school building in Paris,
prompting government and police calls for an end to weeks of violent
protests mainly linked to plans for a loosening of France's highly
protective labor laws.
2016 May 4, In Qatar French
Pres. Francois Hollande attended a ceremony to mark the sale of 24
Rafale combat jets plus missiles to the United Arab Emirates.
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.55)
2016 May 5, In Belgium
high-speed car chase in which police shot suspected
migrant-smugglers as they fled across the border led to a fatal
pile-up on a motorway in northern France. A Dutch motorcyclist died
when he struck a stationary truck near the French port of Dunkirk.
Four Iraqi suspects were hospitalized.
2016 May 8, In France the sight
of cars thundering down Paris's most famous boulevard was replaced
by people strolling, cycling and taking selfies in the sun as the
Champs-Elysees went traffic-free.
2016 May 10, France's
government decided to bypass parliament and impose a relaxation of
the country's protective labor laws by decree, sidestepping a
rebellion against one of socialist President Francois Hollande's
2016 May 10, In France a
19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of
a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.
A judicial source said the victim "spoke of a rape and named the
aggressor" during the filming, adding that the claims were being
treated with caution at this stage.
2016 May 12, French prosecutors
said that $2 million tied to Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020
Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to Papa Massata
Diack (50), the son of disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack,
in the months immediately before and after the Japanese capital won
2016 May 16, French energy
giant Total officially opened the Shetland Gas Plant in Britain's
northernmost outpost, which cost $5 billion (4.4 billion euros) to
2016 May 18, Strikes by French
railway and port workers halved train services and prompted
cancellation of ferry links to Britain. French police staged
demonstrations in about 60 cities against a surge of "anti-cop
hatred" which they say they have suffered at a series of
anti-government protests in recent months.
(Reuters, 5/18/16)(AFP, 5/18/16)(SFC, 5/19/16,
2016 May 19, In northern Spain
3 French people were killed when the light aircraft they were flying
crashed in Arbizu after reportedly colliding with a vulture.
2016 May 20, Four French
gendarmes were killed when a helicopter crashed in a mountainous
area of southwest France.
2016 May 21, The Russian film
“The Student" by Kirill Serebrennikov won the Francois Chalais prize
at the Cannes Film Festival.
2016 May 22, In France director
Ken Loach took the Palme d'Or in Cannes for "I, Daniel Blake," a
film partly funded by the European Commission.
2016 May 22, In France Jaclyn
Jose (52), famous in the Philippines mostly as a soap opera star,
won best actress in Cannes for her mesmerizing performance as a
Manila slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police in acclaimed
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's "Ma' Rosa".
2016 May 22, In France the
Iranian film "The Salesman" won two prizes at the Cannes film
festival. Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor
and director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best screenplay.
2016 May 23, In France petrol
shortages caused long tailbacks of motorists in parts of the
country, as protesters angry over government labor reforms blockaded
some of the country's oil refineries and fuel depots.
2016 May 24, France's
government stepped up efforts to break blockades and strikes at
refineries that are threatening to paralyze the country just three
weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
2016 May 25, The French oil
industry federation said France has started using its strategic oil
reserves for the first time since 2010 to counter union blockades of
its refineries. The industry said it has been using the strategic
reserves for two days. Workers at the hardline CGT union voted for a
24-hour strike at Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant.
2016 May 26, In France 11 of 58
nuclear power plants were hit with unplanned outages after unionized
workers at utility EDF joined a rolling nationwide strike against
planned government reforms.
2016 May 27, A French transport
ministry spokesman said the fuel supply situation in the country is
improving after a week of disruption and shortages caused by strikes
and all but one of the country's fuel depot blockades has been
cleared. Union activists disrupted the Marseille airport and halted
activity at half of the country's oil refineries in protests over
changes to France's labor system, but nationwide gasoline shortages
eased slightly after government intervention.
(Reuters, 5/27/16)(AP, 5/27/16)
2016 May 31, French company
Technip signed a preliminary $500 million deal to upgrade a key
Libyan oil facility, along with Italy's Eni and Libya's state oil
2016 Jun 1, Transport chaos hit
France, just nine days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, as
railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a months-long
battle between the government and unions.
2016 Jun 1, In France Paris
City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the Left
Bank in the east to the Eiffel Tower neighborhood in the west after
the Seine River overflowed its banks and floods hit towns across
2016 Jun 1, Egyptian and French
investigators said a French search vessel has picked up signals from
one of the black boxes of EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed May
2016 Jun 3, In France the
Louvre and Orsay museums in Paris moved scores of art works and
precious artifacts to safety and soldiers evacuated residents
trapped in some outlying suburbs as the swollen river Seine hit its
highest level in 30 years.
2016 Jun 4, In France the Seine
River peaked early today around Paris, hitting its highest level in
nearly 35 years, almost 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average.
Authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to
return to normal.
2016 Jun 6, In France a fire in
an apartment building near the national stadium in Saint-Denis
left at least 5 people dead and 11 injured.
2016 Jun 8, The French
government released an emergency alert application intended to send
swift warnings to smartphone users in the event of a bombing,
shooting or other disaster.
2016 Jun 9, A French court
convicted and fined Uber and two of its executives for deceptive
commercial practices and illegal business activity over its
lowest-cost ride service. The court did not hand prison terms.
2016 Jun 9, In France Rifaat
al-Assad (78), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's uncle, was charged
with corruption. He was suspected of using ill-gotten gains to build
a real estate empire in France. He had commanded Syria's notorious
internal security forces in the 1970s and early 1980s.
2016 Jun 11, About a quarter of
Air France pilots went on strike to demand better working
conditions. Up to a fifth of flights were canceled, both domestic
and international. Among those affected were flights carrying
spectators to cities holding matches for the European Championship
soccer tournament. Train drivers and garbage collectors continued
2016 Jun 12, European soccer's
governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the
Russian Football Union after violence marred the end of Russia's
Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille the previous evening.
2016 Jun 12, Police in Spain,
France and Paraguay have arrested around 14 people and freed up to
15 women as part of a 3-day joint operation against sex trafficking
that began on June 7.
2016 Jun 13, In France Officer
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and police administrator Jessica Schneider
were knifed to death in their home in the Paris suburb of
Magnanville by Larossi Abballa (25), who claimed allegiance to
Islamic State. Abballa was killed after a three-hour siege and
(AP, 6/14/16)(AFP, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 14, In France tens of
thousands of people rallied in Paris under heavy police presence for
a protest against a planned change of labor laws that would make
hiring and firing easier. Masked troublemakers hurled paving stones
and other projectiles at businesses and the Necker Hospital. Some 30
police officers and protesters were injured.
(Reuters, 6/14/16)(AP, 6/15/16)
2016 Jun 15, French leaders
told the hardline CGT labor union it would be denied permission for
further street rallies unless it rooted out troublemakers, a day
after violent battles between masked youths and police during
protest marches in Paris.
2016 Jun 15, President Francois
Hollande signed a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate
agreement reached last December by nearly 200 countries to limit
global warming. The agreement will become binding when 55 countries
representing 55 percent of emissions of greenhouse gases ratify it.
17 states have done so already.
2016 Jun 15, The WHO's research
arm issued a report downgrading its classification of coffee as a
possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a
link to cancer. The Lyon-based International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC) also announced in a report that drinking "very hot"
beverages of any kind could potentially raise the cancer risk, and
it classified them as "probably carcinogenic" to humans.
2016 Jun 16, France sentenced
three Russian fans to prison and planned to deport 20 others next
week for their role in the violence in Marseille that marred
Russia's opening soccer match against England.
2016 Jun 18, A French
prosecutor announced terrorism charges against Charaf-Din Aberouz
(29) and Saad Rajraji (27). They were charged with having links to a
terrorist group, but were not found to have any connection to the
June 13 IS-inspired murder of the police couple carried out by
2016 Jun 18, France expelled a
Russian far-right leader of a football supporters group, Alexander
Shprygin, and 19 other fans after the troubles with England soccer
fans at Euro 2016.
2016 Jun 18, Protesters rallied
outside the French embassy in London after an aid convoy intended
for migrants was turned back by French border police. A 38-ton truck
full of aid was allowed through.
2016 Jun 23, In France tens of
thousands of people marched in Paris to protest planned labor
reforms, gathering for a demonstration that authorities had
initially considered banning due to the violence that has
accompanied similar recent events. Police arrested around 100
(AP, 6/23/16)(AFP, 6/23/16)
2016 Jun 23, A French court
ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs (34) to Austria,
where he is accused of rape.
2016 Jun 25, In southern France
2 men were killed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a 14-year-old
girl seriously wounded in a shooting early today in Marseille, which
is known for its high crime levels.
2016 Jun 27, The Paris-based
International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that each year about 6.5
million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that
could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its
efforts to slash emissions.
2016 Jul 1, Paris banned old,
exhaust-belching cars from its streets in a war on air pollution
that environmentalists hope will also drive dirty vehicles from the
centers of other European cities. Any car registered before Jan. 1,
1997, will be barred from the city's streets from Monday to Friday,
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2016 Jul 1, Yves Bonnefoy
(b.1923), France's most famous contemporary poet, died. The
celebrated translator of Shakespeare had poems translated into 30
2016 Jul 2, Michel Rocard
(b.1930), former French prime minister (1988-1991) under François
Mitterrand, died in Paris. He created the Revenu minimum d'insertion
(RMI), a social minimum welfare program for indigents, and achieved
the Matignon Accords regarding the status of New Caledonia.
2016 Jul 4, Billionaire French
industrialist Serge Dassault (91), of aviation and software giant
Dassault Group, went on trial for allegedly stashing millions of
euros in tax havens.
2016 Jul 5, France's government
forced approval of a contested labor bill in the lower house of
Parliament without a vote — for a second time — because of
resistance from the left and right.
2016 Jul 5, Dozens of French
farmers protested against the presence of bears in the Pyrenees
mountains, after a flock of 125 sheep took fright and fell to their
death in a ravine over the weekend. brown bears were reintroduced to
the area 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s.
2016 Jul 6, In France Karim
Mohammed-Aggad, the brother of one of the Islamist attackers who
killed 130 people in Paris, was sentenced to nine years' jail for
traveling to Syria to train as a militant fighter.
2016 Jul 7, France-based
Danone, the world’s largest yogurt maker, agreed to buy WhiteWave
Foods, a natural-food group, for $12.5 billion.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.53)
2016 Jul 10, Portugal beat
France 1-0 in extra time in Paris to win the European Championship
for its first major soccer trophy.
2016 Jul 13, The French weekly
Canard Enchaine reported that Pres. Francois Hollande's hair is kept
perfectly groomed at a cost of of 9,895 euros ($10,900) a month.
Canard Enchaine also reported that in addition to his salary, the
hairdresser was entitled to a "housing allowance" and other "family
2016 Jul 14, In France a truck
attack in Nice left at least 84 people dead including ten children.
The attacker drove a heavy truck at high speed into dense crowds as
a fireworks display to mark France's Bastille Day national holiday
came to an end. The attacker was soon identified as Mohamed
Lahouaiej Bouhlel (31), a Tunisian living in the city. Five suspects
were soon arrested for alleged roles in helping Bouhlel.
(AP, 7/15/16)(Reuters, 7/15/16)(SFC, 7/22/16,
p.A2)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.40)
2016 Jul 15, Brazil said it has
deported the Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur after
rejecting a request for an extension to his work visa. He was
convicted in 2012 for his involvement in a French terror plot. Local
press reports said Hicheur had been deported to France.
2016 Jul 17, In Libya 3 French
special forces soldiers were killed. Officials in Libya later said
the Islamist militia shot down a helicopter near Benghazi. The
deaths provided the first confirmation that France has troops in the
country where the Islamic State group has several bases.
2016 Jul 19, Authorities in
southern France detained a man who stabbed a woman and her three
daughters at an Alps resort, apparently upset at what they were
2016 Jul 19, In Libya a
French warplane bombed positions of Islamic militias outside the
eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 16 fighters and
destroying the militias' weapons. The bombing came in retaliation
for the July 17 killing of members of the French special forces by
2016 Jul 20, The French
government forced a divisive labor bill through Parliament without a
vote for third and final time.
2016 Jul 22, President Francois
Hollande said France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its
fight against the Islamic State group, but ruled out any troop
deployment in the country.
2016 Jul 22, IMF chief
Christine Lagarde was ordered to stand trial in France over a
massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French
2016 Jul 24, Chris Froome (31)
became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France three
2016 Jul 24, British border
agents moved in to help French officials deal with gigantic backups
for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France. The
delays come at the start of the British holiday season when tens of
thousands of vacationers head to continental Europe.
2016 Jul 26, In France two
attackers took hostages inside a church during morning Mass in the
small Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, killing Father
Jacques Hamel, (85) by slitting his throat before being shot and
killed by police. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for
the attack. The attackers were soon identified as Adel Kermiche (19)
and Abdel Malik Petitjean (19).
(AP, 7/26/16)(AFP, 7/28/16)
2016 Jul 28, French President
Francois Hollande confirmed that a National Guard would be formed
from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing
2016 Jul 29, Air France
cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights, during a period
of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by
2016 Aug 6, In northern France
a fire sparked by birthday cake candles tore through the Au Cuba
Libre bar in Rouen, killing at least 13 people.
2016 Aug 9, France said it has
agreed to sell 30 Caracal military helicopters to Kuwait as part of
the countries' strategic partnership. The deal was said to be worth
more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).
2016 Aug 11, In France forest
fires raged through parts of the Mediterranean coast, with the worst
in almost two decades burning around Marseille, injuring seven
people and forcing authorities to evacuate thousands from their
2016 Aug 24, India said it is
investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene
submarines being built in the country have been compromised, after a
leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak
contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the secret capabilities of
six submarines that French builder DCNS has designed for the Indian
2016 Aug 25, Sonia Rykiel (86),
the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died in
Paris after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
2016 Aug 26, A top French court
suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered
Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.
2016 Aug 31, In France the
Marseille prosecutor's office said it has opened an investigation
into trafficking and importing illegal drugs after workers at a
Coca-Cola factory in Signes opened a shipment of orange juice but
instead found 370 kg of cocaine.
2016 Aug, In France Zhang
Chaolin (49) was on his way with a friend to a restaurant in the
suburb of Aubervilliers when three teens attacked them on the
street. The father of two fell and hit his head on a wall, after
being kicked in the chest, and died five days later. In 2018 Two
suspects, who were 17 and 19 at the time of the assault, appeared in
a juvenile court charged with violent robbery causing death and
injury of a racist nature. A third, who was 15 at the time, was
handed a two-year sentence at a separate trial.
2016 Sep 20, Air France
canceled its morning flight to Kinshasa amid an escalation of street
violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital over opposition
claims the president wants to extend his mandate.
2016 Sep 23, India signed a
deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for around $8.7
billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in
two decades and a boost for PM Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an
2016 Oct 3, In France armed
robbers early today forced their way into a private Paris residence
where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in
a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of
jewelry. On Jan 13, 2017, six more suspects were charged in the
robbery raising the number of people facing preliminary charges to
(AP, 10/3/16)(SFC, 1/14/17, p.A2)
2016 Oct 5, A trio of European
scientists has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing
molecular machines that could one day be injected to fight cancer or
used to make new types of materials and energy storage devices.
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Scotland's J. Fraser Stoddart and
Dutchman Bernard Feringa developed molecules that produce mechanical
motion in response to a stimulus, allowing them to perform specific
2016 Oct 21, Prosecutors from
Belgium, France, Morocco and Spain called for the ability to unlock
phones and computers and to gain access to encrypted communications
to aid in the fight against terrorism following a 2-day meeting in
2016 Oct 31, French Defence
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France would be ready to
intervene in Central African Republic if necessary, despite ending
its peacekeeping mission in its former colony.
2016 Oct, French journalists
Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme authored "Un président ne devrait
pas dire ça..." (A president should not say that), based on 61
interviews with President Francois Hollande over four years.
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.44)
2016 Nov 4, French police
removed thousands of migrants from a squalid camp in northeast Paris
that had doubled in size after the closure last week of the "Jungle"
camp in Calais.
2016 Nov 5, French police in
Ascain arrested Mikel Irastorza, the leader of the debilitated
Basque militant group ETA. Spanish police said Irastorza, who had
been in hiding since 2008, became ETA's leading member a year ago.
2016 Nov 8, Authorities
identified a Belgian named Oussama Atar as the possible organizer of
deadly Islamic State attacks on Paris and Brussels over the past
year. The whereabouts of Abu Ahmed, a pseudonym of the suspected
attack coordinator, was unknown.
2016 Nov 20, French
conservatives voted in a nationwide primary for the first time to
choose their nominee for next year's presidential election, after a
campaign marked by concerns about immigration and Islamic extremism.
The three leading candidates included Nicolas Sarkozy (61) and
former prime ministers Francois Fillon (62) and Alain Juppe (72).
Francois Fillon won 44 percent of the votes.
(AP, 11/20/16)(Reuters, 11/21/16)
2016 Nov 21, In France two
Qatari women were targeted on the A1 highway en route to Paris'
high-end 16th arrondissement after arriving at the Le Bourget
Airport. Two masked thieves stopped their car, sprayed them with
tear gas and stole belongings worth as much as 5 million euros ($5.3
2016 Nov 25, In France British
photographer David Hamilton (b.1933), known for his widely published
nude images of underage girls, was found dead in his Paris home with
a plastic bag over his head. Flavie Flament (42), who modelled for
Hamilton almost 30 years ago, published an autobiographical novel
last month in which she described being raped by a famous
photographer during a shoot.
2016 Nov 27, French
conservatives voted for their nominee in next year's presidential
election. Francois Fillon (62) faced Alain Juppe (71), both
high-profile leaders of the center-right Republicans party.
2016 Nov 29, Airbus said it
wants to cut more than 1,100 jobs across Europe after presenting a
reorganization plan to the works council in Toulouse.
2016 Dec 1, The French-German
human rights award in Berlin was presented to Wang Qiaoling, whose
husband Li Heping, a prominent lawyer, was detained by Chinese
authorities in 2015.
2016 Dec 3, In Abu Dhabi
representatives of around 40 countries approved plans to establish a
fund to protect heritage sites in war zones and a network of safe
havens for endangered artworks. The meeting, co-sponsored by France
and the United Arab Emirates, was spurred by the systematic
destruction and looting of archaeological treasures in Iraq and
Syria by the Islamic State group. France committed $30 million
toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime.
(AFP, 12/3/16)(AP, 12/3/16)
2016 Dec 4, In France Japanese
student Narumi Kurosaki (21) disappeared in the city of Besancon
after having dinner with her ex, Nicolas Zepeda. In 2018 a
prosecutor said she was probably suffocated in her university room
by her fugitive Chilean ex-boyfriend. Her body has not been found
despite extensive searches of a nearby forested area. Zepeda, a
teaching assistant aged in his mid-twenties, left France and
returned to Chile shortly after Kurosaki was last seen.
2016 Dec 6, In France former
interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve took over as prime minister,
replacing Manuel Valls who resigned to fight for the Socialist party
nomination in presidential elections next year.
2016 Dec 7, Paris, France, was
smothered by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters
enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the
road to try to clear the air.
2016 Dec 8, Former French
budget minister Jerome Cahuzac (64), whose brief in government was
to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison
for tax fraud and money laundering. The hidden wealth of Cahuzac and
his wife Patricia Menard was estimated at 3.5 million euros ($3.8
million) in 2013, when Cahuzac was forced to resign after only 10
months in office.
(AFP, 12/8/16)(AP, 12/8/16)
2016 Dec 9, In France Kazakh
opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov was released from prison after
France's highest administrative authority blocked his extradition to
Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars.
2016 Dec 10, In France US
Secretary of State John Kerry was given the Legion d'Honneur,
France's highest honor, with his French counterpart calling him "the
most French of American officials".
2016 Dec 12, French police
hunted for four men suspected of stealing gold dust worth an
estimated 1.5 million euros from an armored truck before setting
cars ablaze near a major highway and fleeing.
2016 Dec 13, In France the
Eiffel Tower, normally open every single day of the year, closed
because of a strike over salaries and working conditions.
2016 Dec 14, French police
detained dozens of Greenpeace protesters who were blocking the Paris
headquarters of EDF, the public electricity company that operates
the nuclear power plants in France.
2016 Dec 16, In France an
elderly electrician and his wife were convicted of illicitly
procuring hundreds of Picasso artworks that they kept for almost 40
years in the garage of their home. An appeals court in the southern
city of Aix-en-Provence gave a two-year suspended sentence to Pierre
Le Guennec (77), who carried out electrical work at the home of
Pablo Picasso's last wife in the early 1970s, along with his wife,
Danielle. The 180 paintings, other artworks as well as a book of 91
drawings were estimated at a combined worth of $63-$105 million.
2016 Dec 16, French and Spanish
police made five arrests after discovering a suspected weapons trove
for the Basque militant group ETA in southern France.
2016 Dec 18, In Paris the
Eiffel Tower reopened to the public after a closedown of five
consecutive days due to workers' strike.
2016 Dec 19, In France
Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund's managing
director, was convicted without punishment of negligence by a
special French court for her role in a contentious and generous
arbitration award in 2008 to tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008 over the
botched sale of sportswear maker Adidas in the 1990s.
2016 Dec 19, A draft report
released by a European Parliament probe accused France, Italy and
Spain of trying to slow down the introduction of tougher auto
emissions tests despite knowing that the old ones were causing more
2016 Dec 26, Frenchman Thomas
Coville sailed into the Brittany port of Brest completing his sail
around the world alone, to set a new world record: 49 days, 3 hours,
7 minutes and 38 seconds.
2016 Dec 28, French President
Francois Hollande pardoned Jacqueline Sauvage, who had been
convicted for the murder of her violent husband. She had been
sentenced to 10 years in jail for shooting dead her husband in 2012
after he beat her up for decades.
2016 Franch presidential
candidate Emmanuel Macron authored “Revolution."
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.44)
2016 Another 5,000 French Jews
emigrated to Israel this year, continuing a trend that has seen tens
of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting
2017 Jan 4, In France former
Kosovar PM Ramush Haradinaj was arrested at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
airport on a Serbian warrant. He faced possible extradition to
Serbia to face war crimes charges.
2017 Jan 4, French customs
officials intercepted 70 kg of Captagon, dubbed the "jihadists'
drug", at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, a first for France.
Another 67 kg of the drug were found at the airport in February.
Captagon, a type of amphetamine, is one of the most commonly used
drugs among fighters in the Syrian war.
2017 Jan 5, French authorities
started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region to
try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu.
2017 Jan 6, In southwestern
France workers wearing masks and protective clothes gassed thousands
of ducks, in a massive cull that was ordered in an attempt to
prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus.
2017 Jan 8, In eastern France a
bus skidded off a slippery stretch of Route 79, killing four
Portuguese passengers and leaving more than a dozen injured.
2017 Jan 9, French police
arrested 17 people in relation to the robbery last Oct 3 in Paris of
more than $10 million in jewels from Kim Kardashian West.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 10, EU anti-trust
regulators cleared the French government's massive restructuring of
troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva.
2017 Jan 15, In France
representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive
stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the
Palestinians attended the conference.
2017 Jan 16, It was announced
the Italy’s Luxottica, a maker of fancy specs, will merge with
Essilor, a French producer of eye lenses.
2017 Jan 18, A court in
southwest France gave the go-ahead for the extradition of Stephen
Carruthers (43), a suspected pedophile arrested on Jan 8, who is one
of Britain's most wanted fugitives.
2017 Jan 19, In France it was
announced that aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat
and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion
euros ($9.1 billion).
2017 Jan 22, French left-wing
voters cast ballots in a nationwide presidential primary aimed at
producing a Socialist candidate strong enough to confront formidable
conservative and nationalist rivals in the April-May general
2017 Jan 24, French Interior
Minister Bruno Le Roux said that his government has requested blocks
for 834 websites and that 1,929 more be pulled from search engines'
results as part of the fight against "child pornographic and
terrorist content". He also said French authorities ordered the
blockage or removal of more than 2,700 websites in 2016.
2017 Jan 24, The board of
state-run Electricite de France voted to start the process of
closing the two reactors at the 39-year-old Fessenheim plant, near
the German border.
2017 Jan 25, French
investigators launched a preliminary probe into claims the wife of
presidential candidate Francois Fillon earned 500,000 euros
($538,000) for a suspected fake job as his parliamentary aide.
2017 Jan 25, Poland's state-run
defense firm PGZ said it has signed a memorandum of understanding
with French military shipbuilder DCNS that could allow them to work
together on building submarines in Poland.
2017 Jan 26, French skipper
Francis Joyon smashed the record for the fastest sail around the
world by more than four days and he won the Jules Verne Trophy.
2017 Jan 27, It was reported
that Belgium has sealed an agreement with France and the Netherlands
to draw up passenger lists and introduce passport checks on Thalys
and Eurostar international rail services.
2017 Jan 28, France and Germany
expressed mounting alarm at key decisions by US Pres. Donald Trump
in his first week in office, saying they raised many issues of
2017 Jan 29, In France more
than 1.3 million voters took part in the runoff vote organized by
Socialists to pick their candidate for the presidential election, a
higher turnout than at the same time in last week’s first round.
Benoit Hamon (49) won the party nomination with almost 59% of the
(Reuters, 1/29/17)(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 30, In the Philippines
Iris Mittenaere (23), a dental student from Lille city, France, won
the Miss Universe crown in a pageant, saying her triumph will make
the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to
put more underprivileged children in school.
2017 Feb 1, Embattled French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon said he would run in France's
upcoming election despite fake job allegations targeting his wife
that have put his campaign on the rocks.
2017 Feb 2, In France an
identity check degenerated in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
A man (22) was severely injured after allegedly being sodomized with
a police baton. One police officer was soon charged with rape and
three others with assault.
2017 Feb 3, A French soldier
shot and wounded a man armed with a machete and carrying two bags on
his back as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum in what the
government said appeared to have been a terrorist attack. The
attacker was shot four times after slightly injuring a soldier
patrolling the nearby underground mall. An Egyptian Interior
Ministry official confirmed the next day that the attacker is
Egyptian-born Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy (28).
(Reuters, 2/3/17)(AP, 2/4/17)
2017 Feb 4, France's far-right
National Front detailed 144 proposals for party leader Marine Le
Pen's election bid, including leaving the euro and a vote on EU
2017 Feb 6, French presidential
candidate Francois Fillon apologized for the "error" he made in
hiring his wife as a parliamentary aide and denied she was paid for
a fake job.
2017 Feb 7, Former French
president Nicolas Sarkozy was ordered to stand trial in an inquiry
into alleged campaign finance fraud during his failed 2012
2017 Feb 7, Gangs of French
youths torched cars and bins in a showdown with police in a north
Paris suburb overnight in a grim reminder of the simmering tension
that sparked weeks of more serious rioting in the area a decade ago.
It was the third night of tension since four police officers were
suspended pending an inquiry into accusations they had used
excessive force on Feb 2 while arresting a 22-year-old man there,
including shoving a baton into his anus.
2017 Feb 9, A French court
threw out a complaint by a federation of Catholic families that
dating site Gleeden's business model is illegal and anti-social
because it encourages extramarital affairs.
2017 Feb 9, French carmaker PSA
Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, said it has been
referred to prosecutors over its diesel emissions.
2017 Feb 10, French
anti-terrorist police arrested four people in Montpellier, including
a girl (16), suspected of preparing an "imminent" attack.
2017 Feb 11, In France some
15,000 people marched in the eastern city of Strasbourg demanding
that Turkey release Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, as
Europe's Kurds held their biggest annual gathering.
2017 Feb 11, In France 37
people were arrested in the Paris suburbs when clashes erupted after
a protest over the Feb 2 assault of a young black man allegedly
sodomized with a police truncheon.
2017 Feb 13, In the French Alps
at least four skiers were killed in an avalanche near the resort of
Tignes. Rescuers said they are trying to dig out five others from
the snow with shovels.
2017 Feb 16, France's
parliament approved a bill criminalizing websites that carry
purposely false information with the aim of dissuading women from
2017 Feb 16, In France the
Troadec family -- Pascal and Brigitte, both aged around 50, their
son Sebastien (21) and his sister Charlotte (18) – were last seen in
Nantes. Bloodstains found in the house in a suburb of Nantes later
matched the DNA of three of the four missing persons. On March 5 the
sister and brother-in-law of Pascal Troadec were remanded in
(AFP, 2/28/17)(AFP, 3/5/17)
2017 Feb 19, French activists
demonstrated in Paris and other cities against corruption amid a
presidential campaign marked by a fake jobs investigation and other
2017 Feb 20, In France Vjeran
Tomic (49), a criminal known as "Spiderman," was jailed for eight
years for stealing five paintings in 2010 worth 100 million euros
($106 million) from a Paris museum.
2017 Feb 22, France and Germany
won backing from the European Union's executive for proposals to
tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to
governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.
2017 Feb 23, Hundreds of French
high-school students staged an unauthorized anti-police rally,
blocking the entrances to a dozen schools in Paris in the latest in
a series of protests over the Feb 2 alleged rape of a young black
man with a police baton.
2017 Feb 24, France's centrist
presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (39) gave the first clear
outlines of his economic program, promising a mix of public spending
cuts and fresh investment to stimulate sluggish growth.
2017 Feb 25, France said it
will send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in
Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol on Feb 22 killing
2017 Mar 3, In France charities
expressed outrage as the mayor of the port Calais, which has
symbolized Europe's refugee crisis, signed a ban a day earlier on
gatherings that could stop aid groups distributing meals to migrants
2017 Mar 6, French carmaker PSA
announced the acquisition of General Motors' European subsidiary,
which includes the Opel and Vauxhall brands, for 1.3 billion euros
2017 Mar 6, The French-made
Peugeot 3008 was voted European car of the year on the eve of the
opening of the Geneva motor show.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 7, In France poachers
broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and shot a 5-year-old rhinoceros
named Vince three times in the head. They used a chain saw to remove
the animal's ivory horn.
2017 Mar 9, The Ile de France
region passed a new rule obliging laborers on public building sites
to use French, copying action taken elsewhere in France to squeeze
out foreign workers.
2017 Mar 14, French
presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put under formal
investigation by magistrates on suspicion of embezzling state funds.
2017 Mar 16, In Paris, France,
a female employee of the International Monetary Fund suffered
injuries to her face and arms when a letter bomb addressed to the
world lender's European representative blew up as she opened it.
2017 Mar 16, In southern France
Killian Barbey (16) was arrested with a cache of weapons after a
shooting at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school in Grasse that
left eight people injured including the head teacher.
(AFP, 3/16/17)(AP, 3/17/17)(SFC, 3/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 17, A visit of
Segolene Royal, the French minister of ecology, to French Guiana was
cut short after masked demonstrators from the collective stormed
into a regional conference on biodiversity she was attending in the
department's capital city of Cayenne.
2017 Mar 17, Txetx Etcheverry,
a prominent figure in the French Basque community, said the Basque
separatist group ETA will complete its disarmament by April 8.
2017 Mar 18, In France a man
was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapon at
the Orly Airport. He was soon identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a
39-year-old born in France. Judicial sources said he became a
radicalized Muslim when he served a prison term several years ago
(AP, 3/18/17)(Reuters, 3/19/17)
2017 Mar 20, French Pres.
Francois Hollande said world donors pledged more than $75 million to
an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage
sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven
destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants.
2017 Mar 24, President Vladimir
Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le
Pen in the Kremlin, bestowing a level of international recognition
that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential
2017 Mar 24, The US government
to issue a travel warning for French Guiana in South America. Large
protests have spread throughout the territory, blocking roads to
neighboring Brazil and Suriname.
2017 Mar 26, In France Shaoyo
Liu (56), a Chinese man, was shot and killed in his home by a
plainclothes police officer. The killing prompted angry
demonstrations the next day from the Asian community in Paris'
multicultural northeast where the killing occurred. Liu’s daughter
said her father was cooking dinner when she heard a loud knocking
and that police broke down their door and shot him as he held
(AP, 3/28/17)(AP, 3/29/17)
2017 Mar 27, French energy
company Total announced the launching a multi-billion-dollar
petrochemical joint venture in Texas as it tries to profit from the
"business-friendly environment" under the current US administration.
2017 Mar 27, French Guiana
faced a nationwide strike over crime and economic difficulties, amid
protests that have paralyzed the French territory in South America,
halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a US travel warning.
2017 Mar 28, A French court
sent Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted
criminals, back to jail for his third life sentence after convicting
him of a grenade attack 42 years ago on a Paris shop that killed two
2017 Mar 28, London and Paris
signed a business agreement, to be launched in 2018, to cooperate in
attracting visitors and companies.
2017 Mar 29, The mayors of
Paris and London announced a new scheme for monitoring emissions
from vehicles, aimed at improving air quality in the two capitals.
2017 Mar 31, In France hemmed
in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs
and mats and prayed outdoors in the busy streets of a Paris suburb
to protest the closure of their prayer hall.
2017 Apr 1, France announced a
billion euros ($1.07 billion) aid for strike-hit French Guiana, as
representatives of the Guianese told visiting ministers the South
American territory should be given "special status".
2017 Apr 6, France's foreign
minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar Assad's
government amid growing international outrage over the April 4
assault in Syria's Idlib province that activists say killed 86
2017 Apr 6, French Bishop Herve
Gaschignard (57) resigned at the behest of the Vatican over
"inappropriate behavior" towards youths, just weeks after complaints
came to the attention of his diocese.
2017 Apr 7, The Basque
separatist group ETA, which has promised to give up all its
remaining arms by April 8, said it has handed over the weapons to
members of "civil society" in France. Analysts estimated ETA's
arsenal at 130 handguns and two tons of explosives.
2017 Apr 8, Basque militant
group ETA effectively ended an armed separatist campaign after
almost half a century, leading French authorities to the sites where
it says its caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition are hidden.
2017 Apr 8, In eastern France
Hani Ramadan, a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views, was
arrested in Colmar as he was taking part in a conference. Police
escorted him to the Swiss border.
2017 Apr 9, The French
government published a decree for closing the country's oldest
nuclear plant at Fessenheim, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made
by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of
2017 Apr 11, In France a huge
fire overnight gutted Grande-Synthe facility, one of the country’s
biggest migrant camps housing 1,500 people. It started after a brawl
involving hundreds of Afghans and Kurds. At least 10 people were
2017 Apr 13, Facebook said it
has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the
country's two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election, as part of
a worldwide effort against misinformation.
2017 Apr 18, French police
arrested two men in Marseille on suspicion of planning an attack
just days before the first round of a presidential election, with
bomb-making materials and guns found in searches.
2017 Apr 20, In France a gunman
shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Paris late
today, an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Frenchman Karim
Cheurfi (39) pulled out an automatic weapon and opened fire on a
police van just a few hundred meters from the iconic Arc de
2017 Apr 23, French voters
flocked to the polls under heavy security in the first round of a
highly unpredictable presidential election seen as vital for the
future of the ailing European Union. Centrist Emmanuel Macron won
23.74 percent of votes while far-right leader Marine Le Pen won
21.53 and will face off in the all-important second round on May 7.
(AFP, 4/23/17)(Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017 Apr 25, Japan-based Trend
Micro, a cybersecurity research group, said French presidential
candidate Emmanuel Macron's political campaign was targeted by a
group of Russian hackers last month.
2017 Apr 26, French
intelligence services said they have scientific proof that the
Syrian regime was responsible for the April 4 suspected chemical
attack that killed 87 people.
2017 Apr 27, French riot police
clashed with youths in central Paris when a demonstration against
far right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and her
centrist rival Emmanuel Macron turned violent.
2017 Apr 27, A French court
turned down a Serbian request to extradite Ramush Haradinaj, a
former guerilla commander and prime minister of Kosovo. A prosecutor
said Haradinaj, who was arrested earlier this year, has been
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)
2017 May 1, In France one
police officer was seriously burnt and two others injured in clashes
at a May Day demonstration in Paris in which protesters threw
Molotov cocktails and other missiles.
2017 May 4, It was reported
that France has granted political asylum to Russian artist Pyotr
Pavlensky (33), who once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square
to denounce state power.
2017 May 5, French presidential
candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said it had been the target of
a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online
1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and far-right
rival, Marine Le Pen.
2017 May 5, In France the
Cartooning for Peace group, founded by French cartoonist Plantu,
said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of
repressive crackdowns on free speech. Ten countries including
Russia, Turkey and India were condemned for censoring, locking up or
threatening cartoonists in a new report published by the group.
2017 May 6, The French
electoral commission said media should not republish information
hacked from the campaign team of centrist presidential candidate
2017 May 7, France held
presidential elections. Opinion polls predicted that the former
economy minister Emmanuel Macron (39) would win the five-year
presidency, seeing off the National Front's Marine Le Pen after an
election campaign full of scandal and upsets. Macron beat far-right
leader Marine Le Pen by 66 percent to 34.
(Reuters, 5/7/17)(Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017 May 7, Thierry Frezier, an
employee of a French mining company operating in Chad, arrived in
the Sudanese capital Khartoum after being rescued in a raid
organized by France, Chad and Sudan. He was kidnapped in Chad in
March and taken to the Darfur area of Sudan. Five kidnappers were
arrested in the raid.
2017 May 8, French police said
a hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble
flared overnight following Emmanuel Macron's victory. The
demonstrators were protesting both against Macron and his defeated
far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.
2017 May 9, In the French Alps
an avalanche swept away a group of cross-country skiers, killing
2017 May 10, French carmaker
Peugeot said shareholders of parent company PSA Group have agreed to
the financial plans for buying General Motors' European operations,
including the Opel and Vauxhall brands.
2017 May 13, Romanian carmaker
Dacia, owned by France's Renault, said some of its production had
been hit by yesterday’s global ransomware cyber-attack that has
infected computers in nearly 100 countries. Renault stopped
production at several sites.
2017 May 14, Emmanuel Macron
(39) took power as president of France, vowing to restore the
country's status in Europe and the world and heal divisions in
society -- a nod to the bitter campaign the pro-EU centrist fought
to defeat a far-right leader.
2017 May 15, Newly-inaugurated
French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Edouard Philippe (46),
the center-right mayor of Le Havre, as prime minister in a move to
broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before
legislative elections in June.
(Reuters, 5/15/17)(Econ 5/20/17, p.46)
2017 May 18, A French appeals
court ruled that tycoon Bernard Tapie (74) must repay the 404
million euros ($449 million) he received in 2008 to settle his
long-running dispute with the state over the sale of sports
equipment maker Adidas.
2017 May 19, Mali’s Pres.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sat down for talks with visiting French
President Emmanuel Macron. Macron visited French troops fighting
jihadists and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in
2017 May 19, In France Stanley
Greene (68), an award-winning American photographer of conflict,
disasters and humanitarian crises across the globe, died in Paris.
2017 May 28, In France the
Cannes Film Festival awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Ostlund’s “The
Square." Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win the best
director award for her remake of “The Beguiled," Don Siegel’s 1971
Civil War drama.
(SFC, 5/29/17, p.A2)
2017 May 29, French Pres.
Emanuel Macron held talks with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin at
Versailles. Macron pushed for cooperation on Syria and against the
Islamic State group and launched an attack on two Russian media
outlets he accused of spreading lying propaganda.
(SFC, 5/30/17, p.A2)
2017 May 29, The European Union
has approved the takeover of the reactor business of Areva by
nuclear giant EDF in an all-French transaction, arguing it will not
affect healthy competition in the sector.
2017 May 31, OLAF, the EU's
anti-graft watchdog, said it has been "flooded" with alleged fraud
cases in the European Parliament and other bodies that have dragged
in France's far-right National Front.
2017 Jun 3, French President
Emmanuel Macron and India’s PM Narendra Modi put forth a common
front on the need to fight climate change, with the French leader
saying he would travel to India before year's end for a summit on
promoting solar energy.
2017 Jun 3, It was reported
that French soldiers in Mali have killed at least 20 jihadists at
the border with Burkina Faso.
(SFC, 6/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 6, In France a man
wielding a hammer attacked a police patrol in front of Paris' Notre
Dame Cathedral. Farid Ikken was a former Algerian journalist who was
working on a doctoral thesis and had not been suspected of
radicalization. Ikken remained hospitalized after being shot by
(AP, 6/7/17)(AP, 6/10/17)
2017 Jun 7, French President
Emmanuel Macron held a special meeting to create a new
counterterrorism unit to improve intelligence-sharing and elaborate
security strategies, one day after a man attacked a police officer
in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
2017 Jun 9, France's
Constitutional Court struck down a measure allowing local
authorities to bar protesters and others from their territories as
part of the country's prolonged state of emergency.
2017 Jun 9, French photographer
Mathias Depardon was reported freed after a month in custody in
2017 Jun 11, French voters went
back to the polls for the first round of parliamentary elections.
President Emmanuel Macron's centrist “Republic on the Move" party
won 28% of the votes for the National Assembly.
(AFP, 6/11/17)(SFC, 6/12/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 12, French urban
climber Alain Robert scaled a 29-story hotel in Barcelona with his
bare hands and in just 20 minutes.
2017 Jun 18, French voters
returned to the polls for the second round of a parliamentary
election. Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (LRM) and its
centrist ally MoDem won 350 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly
in the runoff vote. The result means LRM can if necessary govern
without the support of MoDem, which won 42 seats.
(AFP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/19/17)(Econ 6/24/17, p.46)
2017 Jun 19, In France a car
exploded as it crashed into a police vehicle on Paris’ Champs
Elysees killing only the driver (31), later identified only as Adam
D. Police called it a possible terrorist attack.
(SFC, 6/20/17, p.A2)(SFC, 6/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 19, The European Union
approved 377 million euros ($420 million) in state aid from France
and Germany for the development of a new Airbus helicopter.
2017 Jun 19, In Iraq French
video journalist Stephan Villeneuve (48) and Iraqi Kurdish
journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad (41) were killed in a mine blast while
covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from
Mosul. Swiss journalist Veronique Robert (54) was severely wounded
and died later this week after being flown back to France for
(AP, 6/20/17)(AFP, 6/24/17)
2017 Jun 20, French Defence
Minister Sylvie Goulard announced her resignation over a fake jobs
scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, which has
allied itself with President Emmanuel Macron's party.
2017 Jun 20, In France a truck
driver was killed in a highway accident prompted by a roadblock
installed by migrants trying to board trucks traveling across to
Britain. Nine Eritrean migrants were detained.
2017 Jun 23, French President
Emmanuel Macron and four eastern European Union leaders (Visegrad-4)
sought to turn the page after publicly trading barbs over their
differences on issues ranging from jobs to the bloc’s fundamental
values. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic say they
should be allowed to compete on lower prices - just as more
developed western EU nations compete on quality products and
know-how - to catch up after decades of communist stagnation.
2017 Jun 26, French billionaire
Francois Pinault unveiled his plans for a spectacular new museum in
Paris. Pinault will show his $1.4 billion (1.25 billion euro)
collection of modern masters in the domed Bourse de Commerce to open
in early 2019.
2017 Jun 27, French
construction materials company Saint Gobain said that it had been a
victim of a cyberattack, and it had isolated its computer systems in
order to protect data. The global cyber-attack also hit the property
arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas, one of the largest
financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion
(Reuters, 6/27/17)(Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017 Jun 30, Simone Veil
(b.1927), a survivor of Auschwitz and one of France's most respected
politicians, died. As a member of the center-right Union for French
Democracy, she was named health minister under president Valery
Giscard d'Estaing and led a battle that marked her generation: the
legalization of abortion.
(AP, 6/30/17)(Econ 7/8/17, p.78)
2017 Jul 1, In Germany the
104th edition of the Tour de France got underway in rainy conditions
in Duesseldorf. The three-week Tour concludes in Paris on July 23.
2017 Jul 2, In Mali French
Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from five regional countries
known as the G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger). He
said France will provide military support for operations as well as
70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective
equipment to support a new multinational military force against
extremists in the vast Sahel region.
2017 Jul 3, France, Germany and
the European Union pledged more money for Libya's coast guard and
more support for Italy to cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from
2017 Jul 3, French energy giant
Total signed a $4.9 billion agreement to develop an Iranian offshore
gas field, in the biggest foreign deal since sanctions on Iran were
2017 Jul 3, British
authorities said they have seized 79 handguns at a border check on
the French side of the Channel Tunnel in the largest such haul on
2017 Jul 6, French Ecology
Minister Nicolas Hulot said France aims to end the sale of gasoline
and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years
2017 Jul 6, French Environment
Minister Nicolas Hulot said France will take measures to restrict
the use of palm oil in the production of biofuels with the aim of
reducing indirect deforestation.
2017 Jul 6, French Interior
Minister Gerard Collomb said France is confiscating weapons from
roughly 100 people on a watchlist of potential Islamist militants,
two weeks after state prosecutors said an assailant inspired by
Islamic State had been a gun-club member.
2017 Jul 6, Physicists at the
Large Hadron Collider beneath the Swiss-French border, announced the
fleeting discovery of a long theorized but never-before-seen type of
baryon called Xi cc.
2017 Jul 7, Paris police moved
out nearly 2,771 migrants who had been living rough in the north of
the city, in the latest operation to ease strains caused by a human
influx to Europe. They were taken mainly to school gymnasiums that
have become available during the summer holidays.
2017 Jul 9, A storm lashed
Paris late today with the highest rainfall ever recorded in the
French capital, while other areas of France's center-west saw as
much rain as would normally fall in the entire month of July.
2017 Jul 10, State-owned Qatar
Petroleum and French energy giant Total said they will formally
launch a 25-year joint venture to develop the Al Shaheen oil field
2017 Jul 11, Retired French
judge Jean-Michel Lambert (65) was found dead at his home with his
head in a plastic bag. Lambert had been the first magistrate in
charge of the investigation into the 1984 killing of four-year-old
Gregory Villemin. The case has haunted France for three decades.
2017 Jul 12, PM Edouard
Philippe said France will cut processing time for asylum requests
and boost housing for refugees while "systematically" deporting
illegal economic migrants.
2017 Jul 12, A French court
annulled Google’s $1.27 billion bill for back taxes saying that the
way the firm operates in France allows it to be exempt from most
(SFC, 7/13/17, p.C3)
2017 Jul 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened the
19th annual summit between the two European countries, centered on
security, defense and boosting the European project in a time of
2017 Jul 13, France and Germany
agreed to develop a European fighter jet to replace their existing
fleets, part of a raft of measures to tighten defense and security
cooperation, according to a document issued after a Franco-German
cabinet meeting in Paris.
2017 Jul 13, French power giant
EDF said that it has acquired 11 wind farm projects in Britain as
part of its drive to double renewable energy capacity by 2030.
2017 Jul 13, US Pres. Donald
Trump arrived in France for a brief 24-hour trip to Paris coinciding
with the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations.
2017 Jul 14, France’s President
Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump watched US and French
soldiers march together through the Paris sunshine in a double
celebration marking 100 years since the United States entered World
War One and France's annual Bastille Day holiday.
2017 Jul 15, In France the
Energy Observer, a boat that fuels itself, set off around the world
from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serve
as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. The
boat was originally designed in 1983 and enjoyed a successful career
in open-sea sailing races before skippers Frederic Dahirel and
Victorien Erussard and a French research institute converted it into
the Energy Observer project.
2017 Jul 19, Gen. Pierre de
Villiers, France’s armed forces chief, resigned in a dispute with
Pres. Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts. Gen. Francois
Lecointre, a career military officer, was nominated as the new
(Reuters, 7/19/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017 Jul 25, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron greeted Libyan Gen Khalifa Haftar. Libya's
UN-backed PM Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman rival Khalifa
Haftar met near Paris for talks aimed at easing tensions in their
(AFP, 7/25/17)(Econ 7/29/17, p.37)
2017 Jul 25, French
firefighters battled wind-whipped infernos along the French Riviera
coast as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy
Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.
2017 Jul 27, French politicians
will no longer be allowed to employ their spouses or children as
parliamentary assistants under rules adopted in response to a
scandal involving former PM Francois Fillon and his wife.
2017 Jul 27, The European
Commission ordered France and Belgium to end tax breaks for ports,
saying they distort competition in the 28-nation European Union.
2017 Jul 31, French actress
Jeanne Moreau (b.1928) died at her home in Paris. She lit up the
screen in "Jules et Jim" (1962). Her other films included “Elevator
to the Gallows" (1957) and “The Bride Wore Black" (1968).
(AFP, 7/31/17)(SFC, 9/14/17 p.E8)(Econ, 8/12/17,
2017 Jul 31, Wikileaks
published a cache of more than 70,000 emails related to the recent
campaign of French Pres. Emmanuel Macron going back to 2009. There
were no immediate bombshell disclosures.
(SFC, 8/1/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 5, In southern France
hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron
calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of
2017 Aug 7, Iran signed the
country's biggest-ever car deal o build tens of thousands of cars
annually under a joint venture with French automobile manufacturer
Groupe Renault, buoying its manufacturing industry in defiance of
the Trump administration's moves to isolate the country.
2017 Aug 8, In France a BMW
rammed into a group of soldiers in the Paris suburb of
Levallois-Perret. Six soldiers were injured in the attack. Police
the next day arrested the chief suspect in the attack. The man was
wounded in a gunfight during his capture.
(AP, 8/9/17)(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 14, In France a driver
(32) rammed his car into a pizzeria near Paris, killing a girl and
injuring 13 people. Officials the next day said he had consumed
large quantities of medication and had severe mental health
(AFP, 8/15/17)(SFC, 8/1617, p.A2)
2017 Aug 17, Fadwa Suleiman
(44), Syrian actress-turned-activist died in Paris overnight of
cancer. She had fled to France after taking part in the 2011
uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. She had warned against
the conflict turning into sectarian war, tried unsuccessfully to
persuade residents of the predominantly Alawite cities of Latakia
and Tartus to join the uprising.
2017 Aug 18, French police
evicted thousands of migrants living on sidewalks in an area of
northern Paris. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the latest
action proved the system for handling migrants is "dysfunctional".
2017 Aug 21, In France at least
one person was killed and another injured in Marseille when a van
crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the city, in an
incident not being treated as terrorism at this stage. The driver, a
35-year-old man being treated for psychological problems, was
(Reuters, 8/21/17)(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 21, French oil company
Total agreed to buy Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk's oil
business for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will strengthen its
position in the North Sea.
2017 Aug 25, French President
Emmanuel Macron triggered a furious reaction from Poland after he
attacked Warsaw for rejecting tough proposals to overhaul a
controversial EU rule on cheap labor.
2017 Aug 26, French Foreign
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is to grant a 430-million
euro loan to Iraq and will help reconstruction and reconciliation
efforts as it emerges from the war against Islamic State.
(Reuters, 8/26/17)(AFP, 8/26/17)
2017 Aug 27, In southeastern
France a girl (9) disappeared from a wedding party in
Pont-de-Beauvoisin, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Lyon. Police dogs
found the girl's trace but lost it in the village hall's car park,
suggesting she may have got into a car. On Sep 3 a local man (34),
who was among the guests, was remanded in custody on charges of
"kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention" after her
DNA was found in his car.
(AP, 8/31/17)(AP, 9/4/17)
2017 Aug 27, In France Mireille
Darc (79), a star of French cinema in the 1970s, died in Paris. She
caused a sensation in a plunging backless gown in "The Tall Blond
Man With One Black Shoe" (1972).
2017 Aug 28, The leaders of
France, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Paris with counterparts from
Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration
across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
2017 Aug 30, French police said
some 250 to 300 bottles, worth up to 1,000 euros ($1,200) each, were
stolen from the cellar in the 6th arrondissement of Paris sometime
between July 28 and Aug 28, while the owner was vacationing.
2017 Sep 5, The French defense
minister said France is set to arm drones for the first time that
are currently used exclusively for surveillance and intelligence.
2017 Sep 5, A French court
ruled that celebrity magazine Closer invaded the privacy of
Britain's Prince William's wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, when
it published topless photos of her in 2012. The court handed the
maximum fine of 45,000 euros ($53,500) to both Laurence Pieau, an
editor of Closer's French edition, and Ernesto Mauri, chief
executive of Italian publisher Mondadori, the magazine's owner.
2017 Sep 6, France's government
unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and
natural gas by 2040 on the country's mainland and overseas
2017 Sep 6, In France two men
were detained and the third man a day later linked to an explosives
lab found in an apartment in a Paris suburb. They had talked about
wanting to target a bank and had made phone calls to unidentified
contacts in Syria.
2017 Sep 6, French corporations
LVMH and Kering signed a joint charter on working conditions in the
fashion models industry aiming to protect the health of models. The
agreement will take effect this month, in time for the spring-summer
ready-to-wear runway collections.
2017 Sep 6, Kate Millett (82),
activist, artist and educator, died while on a visit in Paris. Her
best-selling "Sexual Politics" (1970) was a landmark of cultural
criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement.
2017 Sep 7, French President
Emmanuel Macron kicked off his first official visit to Greece with a
call for concerted efforts to tackle climate change.
2017 Sep 7, French Interior
Minister Gerard Collomb told Franc Info that at least eight people
died and another 23 were injured when Hurricane Irma walloped the
French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St.
2017 Sep 7, Britain, France and
the Netherlands sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to
their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma.
2017 Sep 8, French fashion
tycoon Pierre Bergé (86), the business brains behind the Yves Saint
Laurent empire, died at his home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
(AFP, 9/8/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.79)
2017 Sep 12, In France tens of
thousands of protesters marched against President Emmanuel Macron's
flagship economic reforms in the first major demonstrations against
his pro-business agenda. Riot police clashed with hooded youths on
the fringe of a protest in central Paris against Macron's reforms to
loosen labor regulations.
(AFP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017 Sep 13, French PM Edouard
Philippe shrugged off nationwide protests against planned reforms to
France's strict labor regulations, saying he was "listening" but
would nonetheless press ahead with the bill.
2017 Sep 14, In France the
"secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of
Impressionism, went on display for the first time in Paris, 90 years
after the great painter's death.
2017 Sep 15, France's highest
court ruled that a researcher could be denied access to sensitive
archives concerning the 1994 genocide in Rwanda even though they
were ostensibly opened to the public in 2015.
2017 Sep 15, In France two
women were injured by an attacker wielding a hammer and shouting
Allahu Akbar in the eastern town of Chalon-sur-Saone in Burgundy.
The attacker was on the run.
2017 Sep 17, In France a woman
(41) was arrested after she attacked four American women with acid
in the Marseille train station.
2017 Sep 19, French police
encircled a makeshift camp in a forest near Dunkirk to force the
evacuation of hundreds of migrants.
2017 Sep 20, Liliane
Bettencourt (b.1922), heiress of the L’Oreal cosmetics empire, died
at her home near Paris.
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.D8)
2017 Sep 21, French labor
unions staged fresh protests against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's
contested labor law reforms, a day before he adopts them by
2017 Sep 22, French President
Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling labor
rules, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May.
2017 Sep 23, In France several
thousand demonstrators rallied to a call by firebrand leftist
politician Jean-Luc Melenchon to join a protest in Paris against
President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping reforms of the labor code.
2017 Sep 25, The French
government said it is open to phasing out common weedkiller
glyphosate, following complaints from farmers worried about a
potential imminent ban.
2017 Sep 25, French truck
drivers staged road blockages near fuel depots across the country to
protest against President Emmanuel Macron's changes to labor laws.
2017 Sep 27, French President
Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first
annual budget. The government confirmed it plans to cut taxes on
high-earning finance sector jobs as part of efforts to make Paris
more attractive for firms shifting operations out of London due to
2017 Sep 28, French screen
goddess Brigitte Bardot was honored in the Riviera resort of St
Tropez, where a 2.5-meter (eight-foot) statue of the actress was
unveiled on her 83rd birthday.
2017 Sep 29, French President
Emmanuel Macron said European Union leaders agreed during a summit
dinner in Talinn that they should push ahead more quickly with
reforms of the bloc. Macron won backing from Angela Merkel for plans
to reform the European Union after Brexit.
2017 Sep 29, French automaker
Citroen said it is shutting down its car sharing service in Berlin
after struggling to compete against rivals BMW and Daimler effective
2017 Sep 30, French police
arrested five people, including one on a terror watchlist, after
discovering a suspected home-made bomb in one of Paris's most
2017 Sep, French archeologists
discovered a medieval treasure at the Cluny abbey. The find included
more than 2,000 medieval coins and myriad gold objects. The
discovery was only made public on Nov. 14.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 1, In France two women
were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in
the southern port city of Marseille in what police sources described
as a "likely terrorist act". The man who fatally stabbed the two
young women had been arrested and released the day before the
(Reuters, 10/1/17)(AP, 10/2/17)
2017 Oct 1, Parisians and
tourists were encouraged to stroll through the City of Light as
officials banned cars from its streets for a day. Only emergency
vehicles, buses and taxis were allowed on the streets from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
2017 Oct 3, France's parliament
adopted an anti-terrorism bill that will bolster police surveillance
powers and make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching
hatred, but rights groups said it would lead to civil freedoms being
2017 Oct 5, France offered to
mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq's government against
Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military
presence there until Islamic State was defeated.
2017 Oct 5, French writer and
actress Anne Wiazemsky (70), who famously wrote a best-selling
account of her short marriage to New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard,
died of cancer in Paris. She made her screen debut as an elfin
19-year-old in "Au Hasard Balthazar", Robert Bresson's classic 1966
film about a mistreated Christ-like donkey.
2017 Oct 6, A British border
guard was one of 12 people arrested in France and Britain as part of
an operation against arms and drugs smuggling across the English
2017 Oct 7, In Italy Anis
Hanachi (25) was arrested on an international warrant issued by
France while riding a bicycle in the center of the northern city of
Ferrara. He is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder
brother Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two women to death on Oct 1 in
2017 Oct 9, French farmers
trucked hundreds of sheep into a central square in Lyon in protest
against the government's protection of wolves, which they blame for
livestock deaths and heavy financial losses. The president of the
National Sheep Federation, said wolves were costing livestock
producers 26 million euros a year compared with 1.5 million euros in
2017 Oct 10, In France more
than 100,000 public sector workers angered by Pres. Emmanuel
Macron's plans to freeze their pay and eliminate jobs went on
strike, amplifying opposition to the president's cost-cutting,
2017 Oct 10, Vietnam's flag
carrier and Air France signed an agreement to deepen their
cooperation to tap the growing travel market between Vietnam and
2017 Oct 11, A Paris judge
handed down jail terms of up to seven years to protesters who
attacked and torched a police car with two officers inside. Swiss
national Joachim Landwehr, who is on the run and was tried in
absentia, was sentenced to seven years for throwing a smoke bomb
into the car during the attack in May 2016. Six others were also
convicted for their part in the attack.
2017 Oct 12, French President
Emmanuel Macron launched round two of his ambitious domestic reform
program. This included major changes to the generous unemployment
benefits system, as well as large increases in state-funded training
aimed at helping the unemployed back into the workplace.
2017 Oct 12, In France eight
Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear power station and set off
fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest
France's dependence on atomic energy.
2017 Oct 18, The French
parliament adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the
authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of
worship and restrict freedom of movement.
2017 Oct 24, In France Egyptian
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Emmanuel Macron
as part of a three-day visit focusing on economic cooperation and
the fight against extremism.
2017 Oct 26, Paris city hall
called an ad linking students with rich men and women "shameful,"
and said officials will work with police to remove it from the city.
2017 Oct 27, A French court
handed Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (48), the son of Equatorial
Guinea's president, a suspended sentence of three years in prison
for embezzling millions in public money, in the first of several
planned trials in France of foreign figures allegedly thriving on
2017 Oct 29, French police
detained Francois Compaore, the younger brother of former Burkina
Faso president Blaise Compaore, at Charles de Gaulle airport on an
int’l arrest warrant related to the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo,
who published Burkina Faso's Independent newspaper. Francois
Compaore was released the next day.
2017 Oct 30, French President
Emmanuel Macron formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that
replaces a two-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give
police more tools to fight violent extremism.
2017 Oct 30, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Novartis said it has offered to buy Advanced
Accelerator Applications of France for $3.9 billion, to bolster its
portfolio of cancer treatments.
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.D2)
2017 Nov 1, France officially
ended a two-year state of emergency, replacing it with the
introduction of a new security law which critics say undermines
2017 Nov 6, In France Eric
Vuillard's "L'Ordre du Jour," or "The Agenda," was awarded the
Goncourt Prize in a Paris cafe, part of a long-running tradition.
The novel portrays the Nazis as the product of big business
interests — including businesses that remain major industrial
2017 Nov 8, France's National
Assembly lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader
Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group
2017 Nov 8, French President
Emmanuel Macron joined Arab leaders to inaugurate the new Louvre Abu
2017 Nov 9, President Emmanuel
Macron said France has sold two Gowind-class corvettes of
state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group to the United Arab Emirates.
2017 Nov 9, A report by
France's nuclear safety agency said an apparent accident at a
Russian facility is suspected of causing a recent spike in
radioactivity in the air over much of Europe. It said the release of
the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to
European countries. The Ruthenium appeared to come from an accident
in late September involving nuclear fuel or the production of
2017 Nov 10, In France Remi
Muzeau, the mayor of Paris suburb Clichy-la-Garenne, led more than
100 demonstrators in a show of force to dissuade Muslims from
praying on the town's market square.
2017 Nov 10, UNESCO member
states overwhelmingly approved the nomination of France's former
culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the embattled cultural
2017 Nov 14, French prosecutors
said HSBC Private Bank, a Swiss unit of banking giant HSBC, has
agreed to pay 300 million euros ($352 million) to avoid going to
trial in France for enabling tax fraud.
2017 Nov 14, Airbnb said hosts
in central Paris can now only rent out their homes for up to 120
nights a year, a new cap introduced to comply with city regulations.
2017 Nov 16, France said
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France
after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks
ago that stunned Lebanon and rattled the region.
2017 Nov 16, Alice Zeniter (31)
won the Students' Goncourt prize, France's most lucrative book prize
for her novel "The Art of Losing," a powerful account of what
happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French
during the country's war of independence.
2017 Nov 17, Paris region
authorities said 1,142 clients of prostitutes have been fined in the
French capital since a law that bans buying sex entered into effect
in April 2016.
2017 Nov 18, In France a police
officer (31) shot three people dead before turning his gun on
himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend in
2017 Nov 18, In France Saad
al-Hariri arrived in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel
Macron. Hariri has said he will return to Lebanon by Nov. 22 for its
Independence Day celebrations.
2017 Nov 18, French-Tunisian
fashion designer Azzedine Alaia (b.1935) died in Paris after winning
a worldwide following.
2017 Nov 19, French authorities
said they will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris,
after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they
view as an unacceptable use of public space.
2017 Nov 20, French police
arrested Suleiman Kerimov (51), a Russian businessman and lawmaker,
at Nice airport in connection with a French tax evasion case.
Kerimov built his multi-billion natural resources business through a
combination of debt, an appetite for risk, and political
2017 Nov 21, French truck
drivers blocked traffic at border crossings with Spain, Italy and
Belgium in protest over cut-price competition in the road-freight
industry. French truckers faced being priced out by drivers from
other EU member states, who are willing to do fixed-term work for
lower pay than French drivers might normally receive.
2017 Nov 22, French far-right
leader Marine Le Pen accused two banks of launching a "banking
fatwa" to silence her National Front party by closing bank accounts
of hers and her party's.
2017 Nov 23, France-based
Interpol said 40 suspected human traffickers have been arrested and
nearly 500 of their victims freed in a vast police operation in five
African countries. The operation earlier this month was
carried out in Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
2017 Nov 24, A French court
halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after
an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be
harmful to bees.
2017 Nov 25, France’s President
Emmanuel Macron announced an initiative to address violence and
harassment against women in France marking the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence Against Women. His plans aimed at
erasing the sense of shame that breeds silence among victims and
changing what he said is France's sexist culture.
2017 Nov 27, Teachers at many
of France's international schools, a symbol of French soft power
around the world, went on strike over planned cuts to budgets and
staffing. Paris has 492 schools in 137 foreign countries, catering
to some 350,000 students including the children of elite business
leaders and diplomats.
2017 Nov 28, In Burkina Faso
French Pres. Emmanuel Macron kicked off his maiden African tour by
vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's
assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero
in many parts of the continent.
2017 Dec 2, French President
Emmanuel Macron with Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq's
Kurdish region. Macron says France will "do everything" to help
preserve Iraq's unity and the recognition of the rights of Iraq's
Kurds through new negotiations.
2017 Dec 4, Ragia Omran, a
prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer, was among 15 rights
defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize
for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, for her work representing
political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for
2017 Dec 6, French President
Emmanuel Macron made his first official visit to Algeria, announcing
that he came as a "friend" despite France's historically prickly
relationship with its former colony.
2017 Dec 6, French rock star
Johnny Hallyday (b.1943) died in Paris. His power ballads and
colorful personal life made him a national treasure, loved by
everyone from rebellious teens in the 1960s to modern-day
2017 Dec 7, Qatar's ruling emir
and French Pres. Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14
billion) in deals during Macron's visit to Doha, including the
purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the
option of buying 36 more.
2017 Dec 8, In Paris Lebanon's
PM Saad Hariri appealed for support for his country from world
powers at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon's
institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis.
2017 Dec 8, In Germany French
President Emmanuel Macron was awarded Aachen’s prestigious
International Charlemagne Prize for contributions to European unity
in recognition of his "vision of a new Europe."
2017 Dec 8, Britain, France,
Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward
detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and
described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 9, It was reported
that Algerian and French fighters, some arriving from Syria, have
joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan
where the militants have established new bases.
2017 Dec 11, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 scientists from the US and elsewhere
million of euros to relocate to France for climate research for the
rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.
(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A3)
2017 Dec 11, French baby milk
maker Lactalis and French authorities ordered a global recall of
millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria
contamination. The company said it was warned by health authorities
in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.
2017 Dec 12, French President
Emmanuel Macron told dozens of world leaders and company bosses
gathered at a climate summit in Paris that "we are losing the
battle" against climate change. Major banks and companies vowed to
accelerate the move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world
leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash for the global
economy's shift to greener energy.
(Reuters, 12/12/17)(AFP, 12/12/17)
2017 Dec 12, It was reported
that the owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by
French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion.
Westfield, which started off in Sydney in the 1950s, is known for
its 35 upscale shopping centers in major metropolitan areas,
particularly in the US and Britain.
2017 Dec 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel
(composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and
Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati
ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130
million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the
2017 Dec 13, France-based
L'Oreal said it is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye
as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming
increasingly wary of chemical ingredients.
2017 Dec 13, Rwanda’s
government released an independent report accusing French officials
of complicity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
(SFC, 12/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 14, In southern France
a regional train sliced open a school bus, killing four children
aged 12 or 13 One more student died the next day. 18 other children
and the bus driver were injured in the horrific crash at a crossing
close to the Spanish border.
2017 Dec 17, French sailor
Francois Gabart broken the record for sailing around the world
alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.
This was more than six days faster than last year’s record, set by
fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville.
2017 Dec 22, Two former French
spies were placed under formal investigation to face charges of
spying for a foreign power, compromising classified secrets and
delivering information detrimental to fundamental national
2017 Dec 21, French dairy giant
Lactalis recalled millions more products globally because of fears
of salmonella contamination.
2017 Dec 31, French authorities
said heavy snow overnight stranded 4,000 travelers heading for
resorts in the French Alps and killed one skier in an avalanche.
2018 Jan 1, French power grid
company Enedis said winter storm Carmen has cut power to about
65,000 households in western France and is moving south.
2018 Jan 3, Winter storm
Eleanor packing winds up to 100 mph (160 kph) battered parts of
western Europe, derailing trains, toppling trees, halting flights
and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France,
Switzerland, Britain and Ireland without power.
2018 Jan 4, France's interior
ministry said a second person has died in the country as a result of
the violent storm battering northern Europe. Storm Eleanor swept
through Europe. The body of a man was pulled from the Breda River.
He was soon identified the missing firefighter who was swept away
just after saving a family. The death brought to four the number of
people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western
Europe. At least two other people have disappeared in other eastern
(AP, 1/4/18)(AFP, 1/4/18)(AP, 1/5/18)
2018 Jan 5, In France protests
over press freedom and the deteriorating state of human rights in
Turkey greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrived
in Paris for talks with President Emmanuel Macron.
2018 Jan 6, In France thousands
of Kurds marched in Paris to demand "truth and justice" five years
after the slayings of three Kurdish activists on Jan. 9, 2013, in
2018 Jan 9, The presidents of
China and France promised closer cooperation on climate,
counter-terrorism and other issues as their governments try to gain
influence in a shifting global political landscape.
2018 Jan 11, In France three
thieves were arrested at the Paris Ritz Hotel following their theft
of jewels. The suspects threw bags of goods to at least two
accomplices outside who escaped in a car and motorcycle.
(SFC, 1/12/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 14, The head of French
dairy company Lactalis said that a recall of baby milk products
because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries.
2018 Jan 15, French President
Emmanuel Macron ordered an overhaul of the country’s overcrowded
penitentiary system, as prison staff burned tires and set barricades
in protests over violent working conditions.
2018 Jan 15, French magistrates
dismissed a case brought against a group of French soldiers accused
of sexually abusing children while on deployment in the Central
African Republic in 2013-2014.
2018 Jan 16, French President
Emmanuel Macron promised to stem the flow of migrants through the
port of Calais, saying there would be no return to the "jungle"
migrant camp, and said he understood the region's concerns about the
threat from Brexit.
2018 Jan 16, In northern France
a person was crushed to death by a Eurostar train. Train traffic
between London and Paris was halted after the apparent suicide.
2018 Jan 17, The French
government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($710 million)
airport in western France in favor of expanding an existing airport
in Nantes, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked
2018 Jan 17, Air France-KLM
canceled 228 European flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol
airport planned for Jan. 18, as a storm is expected to disrupt
traffic at the Dutch national airport.
2018 Jan 18, The leaders of
Britain and France met against a military backdrop British PM
Theresa May offered France 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) to
bolster security at French border controls.
(AP, 1/18/18)(Reuters, 1/18/18)
2018 Jan 19, French President
Emmanuel Macron said he will boost defense spending in the coming
years to guarantee his country's domestic security and maintain
French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an
increased European military cooperation.
2018 Jan 19, French riot police
clashed with striking prison guards who accused the government of
doing little to counter spiraling violence and Islamist activism
inside the country's overcrowded jails. The scuffles outside Fleury
Merogis prison, one of Europe's largest with 3,800 inmates,
coincided with news from Borgo prison in Corsica that two security
guards were attacked and injured by inmates.
(Reuters, 1/19/18)(AP, 1/19/18)
2018 Jan 19, In France five of
six unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group agreed to 1,300 job cuts made
possible by new French labor rules imposed by Pres. Emmanuel Macron.
2018 Jan 20, In France Paul
Bocuse (91), the master chef who defined French cuisine for more
than half a century, died at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or.
2018 Jan 21, France called for
an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over Syria following
a Turkish incursion into northern Syria's Afrin province.
2018 Jan 21, French President
Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to agree
on a new French-German treaty this year to deepen cooperation
between the two countries.
2018 Jan 22, France’s President
Emmanuel Macron hosted 140 world business leaders in a bid to
convince them to invest and hire in France — and to persuade the
French themselves of the merits of his economic policies.
2018 Jan 22, In France
protesting guards blocked dozens of the country’s 188 prisons as the
conflict triggered by attacks on guards entered its second week.
2018 Jan 22, German and French
lawmakers stressed the need for closer cooperation between the two
nations as they mark the 55th anniversary of the 1963 signing of the
Elysee friendship treaty.
2018 Jan 23, The French
government said it is freezing assets of companies that help furnish
material to a Syrian lab accused of producing chemical weapons.
2018 Jan 23, Police conducted
raids at the French rugby federation headquarters amid an
investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving
federation president Bernard Laporte.
2018 Jan 23, France's
state-controlled and influential but troubled nuclear company Areva
unveiled its new name, Orano, and logo. Areva was created in 2001 to
group together France's nuclear industry manufacturers under one
2018 Jan 23, The Seine River
overflowed its banks in Paris, prompting authorities to close
several roads and cancel boat cruises.
2018 Jan 24, In France
two-thirds of the country’s 188 prisons were being disrupted by work
stoppages and pickets. The protests began on Jan. 12 after an al
Qaeda convict jailed over killings in Tunisia stabbed and injured
two wardens with a pair of scissors in northern France.
2018 Jan 25, French fishermen
blockaded Calais, halting shipping movements at France's busiest
passenger port and a major entry point to Europe for British goods,
in protest at losses inflicted by the practice of electric pulse
2018 Jan 26, French prison
guards ended a nationwide strike after accepting government
proposals over staffing levels and violence which they say is
spiraling out of control in overcrowded jails.
2018 Jan 27, In France several
thousand people have rallied in Paris to support Turkey's Kurds and
protest a Turkish military incursion into a Kurdish-controlled
enclave in Syria.
2018 Jan 27, In France
floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris, with the rain-swollen
Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and
2018 Jan 28, In France more
than 240 towns along the Seine and smaller rivers have suffered
damage swollen by weeks of heavy rains. The Seine was expected to
reach its peak in Paris over the next 24 hours.
2018 Jan 29, In France
floodwaters reached a peak in Paris and now threatened towns
downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River. Water levels hit a
maximum height of 5.84 meters (19 feet, 2 inches) on the Austerlitz
scale early today, well below record levels of 8.62 meters in 1910,
but still several meters above normal levels of about 1.5 meters on
the Austerlitz scale.
2018 Jan 30, In France workers
and some residents at nursing homes protested around the country in
anger over staff shortages and cost cuts, pressing President
Emmanuel Macron's government to rethink care for the elderly.
2018 Jan 31, In France Islamic
scholar Tariq Ramadan (55) was arrested following claims by two
women that he assaulted them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012.
The married father of four has denied the accusations from the two
2018 Feb 1, France's President
Emmanuel Macron said he would push to double French investment in
Tunisia over five years to buttress its faltering economy and
transition to democracy.
2018 Feb 1, In France gang
rivalries erupted into a brawl that left five migrants suffering
serious gunshot injuries in Calais. Eritreans and Afghans fought
running battles in broad daylight, some armed with rods and metal
2018 Feb 2, The French
government said it will send more police to Calais to crack down on
2018 Feb 2, Two French military
training helicopters collided and crashed in a wooded area of
Provence, killing five people aboard.
2018 Feb 3, Corsica's
nationalist leaders demonstrated along with unions and students
ahead of a visit next week by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Newly elected leaders hoped the march will spur on fresh talks with
the French government about demands including equal status for the
Corsican language and the release of Corsican prisoners held in
2018 Feb 3, In Senegal French
President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome from tens of
thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, and
announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World
Heritage site which is threatened by coastal erosion from the
2018 Feb 6, French President
Emmanuel Macron traveled to Corsica to confront demands for greater
autonomy for the restive Mediterranean island by nationalists buoyed
by unprecedented political strength.
2018 Feb 6, French authorities
said they have detained more than two dozen people during a police
raid at a forest camp sheltering Vietnamese migrants hoping to get
2018 Feb 6, It was reported
that a French public hospital has suspended a Rwandan doctor who was
convicted on genocide charges back home, after a protest by a
Rwandan government commission. Rwanda found Dr. Charles Twagira
guilty in absentia in 2009 of crimes related to the 1994 genocide
and sentenced him to life.
2018 Feb 7, France said the
Syrian government likely used chlorine gas in its latest attacks on
(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 8, The French defense
minister presented a bill foreseeing 295 billion euros ($364
billion) in overall defense spending from 2019 to 2025. That
includes 1.7 billion euros in additional spending each year through
2022, particularly to modernize equipment and improve intelligence.
2018 Feb 8, French custom’s
officers seized nearly 500 weapons, more than 100 kg (220 pounds) of
ammunition and myriad grenades in the northern region of Picardy.
Officials found "an arsenal of long guns" in a car nearby including
"weapons of war" and machine guns that were arranged on racks.
2018 Feb 11, A French appeal
court sentenced Cecile Bourgeon (30) and her ex-partner Berkane
Makhlouf (36) to 20 years for the brutal murder of her five-year-old
daughter whose disappearance in 2013 shocked the country.
2018 Feb 11, France's PM
Edouard Philippe promised lower taxes and a business-friendly France
at a global summit in Dubai, seeking investment from the oil-rich
2018 Feb 14, In France advisers
for Pres. Emmanuel Macron announced that journalists will be moved
to a new site out of the presidential Elysee Palace with less access
to presidential activity. Macron's office has increasingly used
Facebook and YouTube to spread his message instead of publicly
answering media questions.
2018 Feb 15, In the French
Pyrenees the bodies of the three men were found, a day after an
avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort,
close to the Spanish border.
2018 Feb 16, French sources
said Pres. Emmanuel Macron has placed an army general who led UN
operations in Mali in charge of rolling out mandatory national
service, a sign of the French president's desire to stamp the
military's mark on the exercise.
2018 Feb 16, French customs
officers found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a
bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. Degas' "Les
Choristes" ("The Chorus Singers"), which depicts a scene from the
opera "Don Juan," was taken from a Marseille museum in 2009 while on
loan from Paris' Musee d'Orsay.
2018 Feb 16, At the Munich
Security Conference the defense ministers of Germany and France
pledged to redouble their military and foreign policy cooperation
efforts, inviting other European countries to participate if they
felt ready to do so.
2018 Feb 21, In Mali two French
soldiers died when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised
explosive device. France has a 4,000-strong counterterrorism force
in Mali, part of Operation Barkhane, to fight extremist groups in
the Sahel region.
2018 Feb 23, France's PM
Edouard Philippe announced steps including prison isolation zones
and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat
what he called a slow-burning threat from Islamist radicalization.
Philippe unveiled a vast new program to counter radicalization, as
jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch
list of people showing risk signs grows.
(Reuters, 2/23/18)(AP, 2/23/18)
2018 Feb 28, A French
prosecutor said a man suspected of sexually assaulting dozens of
women over more than 20 years has been arrested in northern France.
The suspect admitted to raping or sexually assaulting about 40
2018 Mar 1, Heavy snowfall and
deadly blizzards lashed Europe. Exceptional snow and wind forced
airports to close in Scotland, Switzerland and France and stranded
several hundred drivers in their cars.
2018 Mar 2, In France four
skiers were killed, one injured and another left missing after an
avalanche in a remote area of the Mercantour national park in the
2018 Mar 5, French Interior
Minister Gerard Collomb said the government is introducing a 90-euro
fine ($110) for street harassment and sexist comments.
2018 Mar 5, Journalists flooded
Iran's National Museum for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from
the Louvre, the first major show by a Western museum in the
2018 Mar 6, Leading French
advertisers and the country's broadcast watchdog launched a
nationwide plan to fight sexist stereotypes in ads - from half-naked
women selling vacuum cleaners to violent video games marketed to
2018 Mar 7, The EU’s top court
said Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France’s far-right National
Front, and a party official must repay nearly 600,000 euros
($744,550) to the European Parliament for wages wrongly paid to
alleged parliamentary assistants.
2018 Mar 7, European police
said they have smashed an international weapons-smuggling ring
operating in at least four countries. Police said the group traded
firearms in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
2018 Mar 10, Indian PM Narendra
Modi met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi. They
pledged to work together to ensure freedom of navigation in the
Indian Ocean and signed an agreement to expedite construction of a
major nuclear power plant in India by a French company. Modi
highlighted a solar alliance and cooperation between the two
countries in defense, security, technology, space and
2018 Mar 11, In India French
President Emmanuel Macron said his country will commit 700 million
euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the founding
conference of the organization, reiterating the European country's
commitment to the alliance and clean energy. The treaty-based
organization, launched by India's PM Narendra Modi in 2015, aims to
promote solar energy in 121 countries.
2018 Mar 12, French couturier
Hubert de Givenchy (91), a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed
Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's,"
2018 Mar 15, French pensioners
and retirement home workers staged protests across the country,
kicking off a series of strikes against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's
2018 Mar 15, The leaders of the
United States, France and Germany joined Britain in blaming Russia
for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent.
2018 Mar 18, Abu Dhabi state
energy company ADNOC said it had awarded French oil giant Total
stakes in two offshore oil concessions. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
said it has signed a deal worth $1.45 billion with French oil giant
Total SA granting it stakes in offshore fields.
(AFP, 3/18/18)(AP, 3/18/18)
2018 Mar 19, Israel's domestic
security agency said Romain Franck (23), a French employee of
France's Consulate in Jerusalem, is under arrest for allegedly
smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
Shin Bet said nine people, including Franck, have been arrested.
2018 Mar 20, French
ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy (63) was detained for questioning over
allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his
2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash.
2018 Mar 21, France announced a
series of measures against sexual violence, including on-the-spot
fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for
filing rape complaints.
2018 Mar 22, In France tens of
thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers joined
forces to march against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms, causing
widespread travel disruption and bringing brief clashes with police
in some cities.
2018 Mar 22, The Trump
administration imposed sanctions on Joe Asperman, a French chemical
weapons expert, accused of making and using such munitions for the
Islamic State group in Syria.
2018 Mar 23, In southern France
Redouane Lakdim (26) opened fire on police officers and took
hostages in a supermarket before being shot dead by police in
Trebes. Two people were killed during a hostage-taking. Lakdim was
known for petty crimes and possession of drugs. Lt-Col. Arnaud
Beltrame (45) was fatally shot after offering himself as a hostage
to help end the Islamist attack. He died the next day becoming the
fourth victim of the shooting spree and supermarket siege. In
October three people were charged with criminal association related
to the attack.
(AP, 3/23/18)(Reuters, 3/23/18)(AFP,
3/24/18)(SSFC, 10/21/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 23, In France Mireille
Knoll (85) was killed in her apartment, which was then set on fire.
Knoll was stabbed 11 times. Two men were soon jailed in the case and
faced preliminary charges of robbery, damaging property, and murder
with anti-Semitic motives.
2018 Mar 27, France's top
appeals court upheld a 30,000-euro fine against former far-right
leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for dismissing the Nazi gas chambers as a
"detail" of history.
2018 Mar 30, In southern France
a gunman shot and gravely wounded exiled Azeri journalist Rahim
Namazov and killed his wife near Toulouse. Namazov was an outspoken
critic of the Azeri political leadership and served time in prison
before seeking exile in France in 2010.
2018 Mar 30, Air France staff
went on strike for the third time in a month, forcing the airline to
cancel a quarter of flights. Lawyers were also set to strike
nationwide against reforms that they say will over-centralize
France's court system.
2018 Mar 30, Russia ordered new
cuts to the number of British envoys in the country, escalating a
dispute with the West over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain.
Scores of foreign ambassadors streamed into the Russian Foreign
Ministry in Moscow to receive the notices given to 23 nations:
Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Romania, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
2018 Mar 31, Workers at
France's Carrefour supermarkets began striking to protest planned
job cuts. The strike caused disruptions at about 300 Carrefour
markets across the country.
2018 Apr 2, French emergency
doctor and mountain guide Emmanuel Cauchy (58), whose high-altitude
work earned him the nickname "Doctor Vertical," was killed in an
avalanche in the Alps. He was among a group of off-piste skiers
caught up in the avalanche in the Aiguilles Rouges area around the
resort of Chamonix.
2018 Apr 3, French rail workers
launched the first in a series of nationwide strikes, threatening
disruption over several months in the sternest challenge yet to
President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to modernize Europe's second
2018 Apr 4, It was reported
that France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats
in a database intended to let European police share information on
the continent's most dangerous residents - more than all other
European countries put together.
2018 Apr 4, In France millions
of commuters suffered a second consecutive day of travel chaos as
striking rail workers locked horns with President Emmanuel Macron's
government in a dispute over reforming the state-owned SNCF
2018 Apr 5, In France PM
Edouard Philippe said the government would not back down in a
shake-up of the state-owned SNCF railways, prompting accusations of
arrogance from unions who said further strikes would go ahead as
2018 Apr 5, French President
Emmanuel Macron unveiled a long-awaited, 300 million-euro autism
plan for a country that is shockingly behind the curve on providing
basic education and care for people on the autism spectrum.
2018 Apr 6, In France
international donors pledged billions of dollars in aid and loans
for Lebanon at a conference in Paris, hoping to stave off an
economic crisis in a country hard hit by the fallout from the Syrian
war. Saudi Arabia said it will grant the country a $1-billion (800
million-euro) development loan.
2018 Apr 7, Air France
cancelled hundreds of its flights as pilots, cabin crew and ground
staff pursued a fifth day of strikes aimed at securing higher pay.
2018 Apr 8, In France travelers
grappled with another crippling wave of transport strikes, as train
workers protested President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms and a
stand-off between the government and rail unions hardened.
2018 Apr 8, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris at the start of a
European tour after three weeks in the United States, where he
pitched for investments and support against arch-rival Iran.
2018 Apr 9, France's rail
operator said that the rolling strikes against plans to overhaul the
debt-laden company had already cost it around 100 million euros
($123 million) as the standoff between unions and the government
2018 Apr 10, In western France
activists clashed with riot police for the second consecutive day as
authorities continued evacuating a protest camp in
Notre-Dame-des-Landes erected nearly a decade ago to block
construction of an airport.
2018 Apr 10, In France air
traffic was severely disrupted as the country's biggest airline Air
France was forced to cancel one in four flights, in the sixth round
of strikes launched by its employees since February.
2018 Apr 10, Saudi national
company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced that they have
signed an agreement to build a $9 billion petrochemical complex in
Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
2018 Apr 11, Striking Air
France pilots and cabin staff insisted they weren't backing down, as
their latest walkout forced the cancellation of some 30 percent of
the airline's flights worldwide.
2018 Apr 12, French President
Emmanuel Macron vowed that he would not back down on his plans to
overhaul the state rail operator, urging workers to call off three
months of strikes and pursue the reforms "together".
2018 Apr 12, President Emmanuel
Macron said France has proof the Syrian government carried out a
chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike
back when all the necessary information has been gathered.
2018 Apr 12, In France
Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian, US and EU delegations along with
representatives of UNESCO leadership negotiated a compromise
resolution on "Occupied Palestine". Diplomats agreed to move the
most controversial language to a non-binding annex and avoided a
2018 Apr 13, French riot police
clashed with protesters for a fifth day as their operation to clear
squatters from an abandoned airport site evolved into a violent
standoff that looked like it could go on for some time.
2018 Apr 14, A declassified
French intelligence report concluded that after analyzing "reliable
intelligence" and open sources that a chemical attack on Douma on
April 7 was carried out by Syrian government forces.
2018 Apr 14, US, British and
French forces pounded Syria early today with more than 100 missiles
in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last
week. 105 precision-guided missile strikes were aimed at three
Syrian chemical weapons targets. The Barza Research and Development
Center in the greater Damascus area took the brunt of the fire, with
57 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 Joint Air to Surface Stand-off
missiles. Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base
in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility near
Homs. The French military fired 12 missiles during its air strikes.
2018 Apr 17, In France Justin
Trudeau has become the first Canadian prime minister in history to
address the French parliament, wrapping up his trip to Paris before
he heads to London to meet British PM Theresa May and Queen
2018 Apr 18, Striking French
rail staff halted train services for the seventh day this month in
protest over a major shake-up of the state-owned railway company,
but President Emmanuel Macron said he would not be cowed into
2018 Apr 19, In France
thousands of people marched across the country to protest President
Emmanuel Macron's labor law changes, as rail strikes and student
protests continued to shake the country.
2018 Apr 20, France deported
Algeria-born El Hadi Doudi (63), an influential Islamic preacher,
back to Algeria. His mosque in the southern city of Marseille was
shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.
2018 Apr 20, French police
removed students from a Paris university building that had been
occupied for a month to protest admission changes that also caused
turmoil at other campuses.
2018 Apr 22, France's National
Assembly adopted a controversial immigration bill that speeds up the
asylum process and accelerates deportations after a fierce debate
that exposed divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's party.
2018 Apr 23, French President
Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington for a state visit likely to be
dominated by differences over trade and the nuclear accord with
2018 Apr 23, A Belgian court
sentenced the sole surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah
Abdeslam (28), to 20 years in prison on terror charges over a bloody
gun battle with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016.
2018 Apr 23, The Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded to seven recipients at the San
Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The honors went to: LeeAnne
Walter for exposing the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Mich.; Manny
Calonzo of the Philippines for helping to persuade the government to
ban lead paint; Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid of South Africa for
exposing a secret government deal with Russia that would have
increased their country's nuclear power production; Francia Marquez
of Colombia whose work helped end water pollution form illegal gold
mining in her hometown; Claire Nouvian of France for her public
awareness campaign against a supermarket chain that relied on
deep-sea bottom trawling for catching fish; and Khanh Nguy Thi of
Vietnam for her work to stop the expansion of coal-fired power
plants and helping her country chart a plan for sustainable energy
(SFC, 4/23/18, p.C3)
2018 Apr 24, In France
billionaire tycoon Vincent Bollore (66) was detained as part of a
corruption investigation into activities of his Bollore Group about
how the group obtained contracts to run Lome port in Togo and
Conakry port in Guinea. The group's director general, Gilles Alix,
and a senior executive from its communications subsidiary Havas,
Jean-Philippe Dorent, were also taken into custody.
2018 Apr 24, US President
Donald Trump treated French President Emmanuel Macron to a colorful
welcome ceremony at the White House during a state visit that
threatened to expose differences on Iran, trade and Syria between
two close allies.
2018 Apr 25, In Washington, DC,
French President Emmanuel Macron drew on the "shared bond" of
US-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and
instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century
2018 Apr 25, Abbas Attar
(b.1944), Iranian-born photographer, died in Paris. His book "Iran
Diary 1971-2002" was published in 2002.
2018 Apr 26, In France
ministers from more than 70 countries discussed ways to combat
financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida at an
international conference in Paris.
2018 Apr 26, German and French
officials signed four documents in Berlin that they said underscored
their determination to work together to jointly develop new weapons
systems, including a maritime airborne warfare aircraft and a new
2018 Apr 27, A two-day
operation led by Belgian prosecutors seized servers and data from
Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country effort aimed at
tracking down radicals and crimping the group's ability to spread
its violent message. The operation involved authorities in the US,
Canada, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.
2018 Apr 30, France-based
Interpol said a police operation across the Caribbean and South
America has freed nearly 350 people from human trafficking networks
and led to the arrests of 22 people.
2018 May 1, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron arrived in Australia on a rare visit, with the two
sides expected to agree on greater cooperation in the Pacific to
counter a rising China.
2018 May 1, In France hundreds
of demonstrators marched across Paris as part of May Day protests
taking place in French cities to oppose economic policies pursued by
President Emmanuel Macron. Some 109 people were taken into custody
in Paris suspected of offenses including carrying prohibited weapons
and firing projectiles after May Day protests.
(AP, 5/1/18)(AP, 5/2/18)
2018 May 4, Online donations to
help French rail workers topped one million euros, a month after
they began rolling strikes over President Emmanuel Macron's drive to
transform the heavily indebted state rail monopoly into a
2018 May 5, French President
Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the "pain of colonization" during a
visit to New Caledonia, as the South Pacific archipelago prepared to
vote on whether to break free of French rule.
2018 May 5, In France the
Palais du Tokyo museum opened its doors to nudists for a special
visit. It was part of growing efforts by France's tiny nudist
community to encourage acceptance of clothes-free activities, after
a nudist restaurant and nudist park opened in Paris.
2018 May 7, France's PM Edouard
Philippe said that his government was open to absorbing "a
substantial part" of the state-owned SNCF railway company and would
discuss the issue further with unions.
2018 May 7, Air France's share
price dived after its CEO quit and the French government warned that
the country's flagship carrier might collapse. A new strike over
wage demands, meanwhile, prompted the cancellation of about 15
percent of Air France flights worldwide as the airline enters its
14th day of walkouts this year.
2018 May 8, In France the 71st
Cannes Film Festival opened with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's
2018 May 9, The Indian Ocean
state of Comoros hit back against France for suspending visas for
its citizens, a further escalation in a diplomatic row linked to
immigration and territorial disputes. The French embassy in Moroni,
the capital of Comoros, decided on May 4 to suspend issuing visas to
all Comorian nationals. It had earlier suspended visas for officials
and services, after the Comorian government refused to receive, in
its three islands, Comorians deported from Mayotte. In March 2009,
Mayotte's people voted overwhelmingly to become a full-fledged part
2018 May 11, French police
fired tear gas on students blocking an exam site south of Paris,
amid ongoing protests over changes to France's public university
2018 May 12, In France 82
female film industry professionals protested on the steps of the
Palais des Festivals to represent, what they describe as pervasive
gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st international
film festival, Cannes.
2018 May 12, A Frenchman (21)
born in Russia's Chechnya region killed one man in a knife attack in
Paris. He fatally knifed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others,
among them a Chinese and a Luxembourg citizen, before police shot
him dead. The government later said Khamzat Azimov had been flagged
previously as a potential security risk.
(AP, 5/13/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A2)
2018 May 14, In France hundreds
of students saw their end-of-term exams suspended as protesters
blocked access to two universities, the latest in months of
demonstrations against the government's plans to introduce more
selective admission requirements.
2018 May 14, In France the
leaders of the Cannes Film Festival signed a gender equality pledge
promising to make their selection process more transparent and to
push their executive boards toward gender parity.
2018 May 15, A French appeals
court upheld a tax fraud conviction against former budget minister
Jerome Cahuzac, whose hidden overseas accounts became one of the
most embarrassing episodes of Francois Hollande's Socialist
2018 May 15, A source close to
the French government said the United States will re-establish
sanctions against Iran progressively, kicking off with the
automobile and civil aviation sectors. August 6 will see the
re-introduction of auto and civil aviation sanctions. Sanctions in
the energy sector, covering oil, gas and petro-chemicals, will
follow on November 4.
2018 May 16, French oil and gas
giant Total said it has decided to cancel a multi-billion-dollar
project in Iran unless it is granted a waiver by US authorities.
2018 May 17, France's Digital
Minister Mounir Mahjoubi came out as gay, in a rare move for a
French public figure that he said would help give gay people more
visibility at a time when homophobic acts are on the rise.
2018 May 17, A Lebanese film
about a 12-year-old boy who sues his parents put child poverty in
the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival.
2018 May 18, The French Finance
Ministry and Foreign Ministry announced a freeze on assets of three
individuals and nine companies involved in research or purchasing
for the Syrian Scientific Research Center.
2018 May 18, In southern France
a man (32) was murdered this evening in a notorious area of Pau by a
group of youths. The victim, who had a history of violent crime and
drug dealing, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a group of up to
12 teenagers. Three teenagers were soon arrested.
2018 May 18, In eastern
France a man who regularly plays the lottery with the same
numbers at the same place won the My Million lottery for a 2nd time
in the last 18 months. Each win gave him $1.18 million.
(SFC, 6/8/18, p.A2)
2018 May 19, In France
"Shoplifters," a heart wrenching family tale by Japanese veteran
director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d'Or top prize at the 71st
Cannes film festival.
2018 May 19, Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) captured Adrien Lionel Kiyali ( aka Adrien Guihal) in
the Raqqa region that was recaptured in 2017 from IS control. The
French Islamic State group fighter was linked to terror attacks in
Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016.
2018 May 22, French
public-sector employees joined rail workers in striking to protest
reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an
"attack" against civil services and their economic security.
2018 May 25, French union
officials said the government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros
in debt from the state railway SNCF, raising the chances of an end
to nearly two months of strikes.
2018 May 26, France's main far
left party, the hardline CGT trade union and some 80 other
organizations, led several thousand people in street protests across
the county against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms of the public
2018 May 26, French officials
said two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern city
of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade.
2018 May 26, In southwestern
France violent hailstorms ravaged parts of the Bordeaux wine region
causing major damage in hundreds of vineyards with thousands of
hectares of vines destroyed.
2018 May 27, In France Mamoudou
Gassama (22) climbed up four floor balconies to rescue a
four-year-old clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground
below, while horrified onlookers watched. A video of the action went
2018 May 28, President Emmanuel
Macron said France will give residence papers to Mamoudou Gassama,
an illegal immigrant from Mali, who scaled the facade of a Paris
apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a
2018 May 28, Serge Dessault
(93), French business executive, died in Paris. He was known for the
development of the French Mirage jet fighter and equipping the
French Air Forces and other militaries through global sales. His
father, Marcel Dassault, founded the aviation company at the core of
the Dassault Group.
(SFC, 5/29/18, p.C3)
2018 May 29, French President
Emmanuel Macron brought together four leaders in Paris representing
most, but notably not all, of Libya's rival factions. The four
leaders agreed to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on
December 10 and vowed to respect the results. The International
Crisis Group drew on the absence of a delegation from the city of
Misrata, home to the most powerful armed groups in western Libya.
2018 May 30, French security
forces cleared more than 1,000 people from a sprawling migrant camp
in Paris, the latest in a series of episodes that have thrust the
issue of illegal immigration back into the spotlight.
2018 May 30, Iran's oil
minister gave French energy giant Total 60 days to win a sanctions
waiver from Washington or it would lose its stake in a
multi-billion-dollar gas project.
2018 Jun 4, Prosecutors said
France's second-biggest bank Societe Generale has agreed to pay 500
million euros ($583 million) to settle inquiries in the US and
France into its dealings with the regime of slain Libyan dictator
2018 Jun 4, French authorities
evicted 973 migrants from a camp along the scenic Canal Saint-Martin
and another, just a few days after clearing a similar number --
mainly Sudanese, Somalians and Eritreans -- from the sprawling
Millenaire camp further up the canal.
2018 Jun 5, French President
Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the second
leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain
Iran's ambitions in the Middle East.
2018 Jun 6, The French
presidency announced plans to sell its own branded mugs, pens and
other souvenirs to help finance renovations in the 18th century
2018 Jun 6, The International
Court of Justice (ICJ) said it can rule in a dispute over whether a
luxury building in Paris owned by the son of Equatorial Guinea's
president is part of the African nation's diplomatic mission.
2018 Jun 7, In France David
Douglas Duncan (102), an American photographer who helped change the
role of war photography by exposing the anguish of soldiers in Korea
and Vietnam, died from complications from a lung infection.
2018 Jun 8, In France Anthony
Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired
millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was
found dead in his hotel room in Haut-Rhin while working on his CNN
series on culinary traditions. Bourdain's breakthrough as an author
came with the 2000 publication of his "Kitchen Confidential:
Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly".
2018 Jun 9, Saudi and French
officials said a Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself
off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Mecca.
2018 Jun 10, Germany and France
sharply criticized US President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly
withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him
of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.
2018 Jun 12, In France an
18th-century Chinese vase forgotten for decades in a shoe box in a
French attic sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby's
in Paris. In 1765 a similar pair were made for the Buddha pavilions
in the Emperor Qianlong's private apartments. Four year later, two
more were ordered as a present for his birthday. They all came from
the imperial workshops in Jingdezhen, the southern Chinese city
known as the "Porcelain Capital".
2018 Jun 12, The European
Union's top court defended French fashion designer Christian
Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
2018 Jun 13, France's biggest
agriculture union told its farmers to suspend a blockade of
refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day over palm
oil imports and unfair competition.
2018 Jun 14, In France
thousands of retirees protested across the country over a tax hike
on their pensions. The tax hike has been in effect since January and
has impacted some eight million retirees.
2018 Jun 15, French President
Emmanuel Macron met Italy's new Premier Giuseppe Conte in Paris to
try to patch up relations after sparks flew between the two
countries over Rome's rejection of a migrant rescue ship. Both
leaders agreed to pursue changes to EU migration rules.
(AFP, 6/15/18)(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 16, French newspaper
Le Figaro reported that French special forces are present on the
ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates.
2018 Jun 16, Spain said it had
accepted an offer from France to take in migrants from the Aquarius
rescue ship, currently en route to Spain with more than 600 people
2018 Jun 18, In France eight
people were taken into custody following a raid in the notorious
Castellane housing estate in Marseille, the nexus of the city's drug
2018 Jun 19, French President
Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said they
have agreed to set up a common budget for the eurozone.
2018 Jun 19, The French Palace
of Versailles, a top tourist attractions, and the Orsay museum in
Paris were closed to visitors due to a strike of employees.
2018 Jun 19, A top European
Union court ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must
return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds
incorrectly paid to an assistant.
2018 Jun 20, The French
government approved six long-delayed offshore wind projects but
sharply cut their subsidies.
2018 Jun 25, France launched a
military force with other countries outside the framework of the EU
at a ceremony in Luxembourg at which Germany, Belgium, Britain,
Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal signed a
letter of intent.
2018 Jun 25, China said it
would buy more planes and agricultural products from France and work
on market access issues, shoring up its trade ties with Europe as
danger mounted of a tariff war with the United States. China also
signed an agreement to import beef from France as Premier Li Keqiang
met with French PM Edouard Philippe.
2018 Jun 26, GE and French
utility EDF said they have agreed to team to build six reactors for
a nuclear power project in western India, which is due to be the
world's biggest when finished.
2018 Jun 26, At the Vatican
French President Emmanuel Macron, accused at home of straining
secular foundations by seeking to mend ties with the Catholic
Church, discussed Europe, migration and poverty in an unusually long
meeting with Pope Francis.
2018 Jun 28, French cement
giant Lafarge was charged with complicity in crimes against humanity
and financing terrorists for paying millions to jihadists, including
the Islamic State group, to keep a factory open in war-torn Syria.
2018 Jul 1, Notorious French
criminal Redoine Faid (46), serving 25 years for murder, used a
helicopter to escape from a prison south of Paris, igniting a huge
2018 Jul 1, In northern Mali a
car bomb attack on a military patrol killed two civilians and
wounded up to eight French soldiers in Gao.
2018 Jul 1, Mauritania hosted a
2-day AU summit in Nouakchott. It was attended by more than 40
African heads of state and government as well as French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron. Thirty African leaders began a closed-door meeting
to discuss ways to fight extremism and corruption at the 31st
African Union summit.
(AFP, 7/1/18)(AP, 7/1/18)
2018 Jun 30, Belgium police
intercepted two suspects with 500 grams of TATP, a home-made
explosive produced of easily available chemicals, as well as a
detonation device found in their car. They were suspected of
plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of the Paris-based National
Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which took place in
Villepinte, just outside of Paris, a three-hour drive from Brussels.
2018 Jul 3, In France riots
erupted in the western city of Nantes after news spread that a
police officer had shot dead a 22-year-old man after stopping his
car. Police said the young man's car had been under surveillance as
part of a drug-trafficking investigation.
2018 Jul 3, In France
Greenpeace crashed a Superman-shaped drone into a wall of the
spent-fuel pool building at EDF's Bugey nuclear plant to demonstrate
its vulnerability to outside attacks.
2018 Jul 3, In France Wang Jian
(57), the co-chairman of HNA Group, a conglomerate that operates
China's fourth-largest airline and finance, logistics and other
businesses around the world, died in an accident while on a business
trip. Wang fell a dozen or so meters (yards) while taking photos on
a high wall in Bonnieux.
2018 Jul 4, In Nigeria French
President Emmanuel Macron called for Africa and Europe to reach a
"win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young
entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Lagos.
2018 Jul 4, Greek authorities
agreed to extradite to France Lasha Shushanashvili (57), the
Georgian suspected head of an international crime ring specializing
in robberies and burglaries.
2018 Jul 5, French film
director Claude Lanzmann (b.1925) died in Paris. His 9½ -hour
masterpiece "Shoah" (1985) bore unflinching witness to the
(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul 6, Meeting in Vienna
top diplomats from Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China
reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 deal with Iran, known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
2018 Jul 7, France's CMA CGM,
one of the world's biggest cargo shippers, announced it was pulling
out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in US sanctions. Pres.
Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset
the US measures.
2018 Jul 8, A French judicial
source said judges have decided to block 2 million euros of state
subsidies due to be handed out to Marine Le Pen's far-right party,
leading Le Pen to say her party was "threatened with death".
2018 Jul 10, French
firefighters found five people dead, including a toddler, after a
suspected domestic dispute in an apartment in the southwestern city
2018 Jul 10, In France Airbus
unveiled its new A220 aircraft, a rebranded Bombardier C Series
plane that the company picked up in a deal last year.
2018 Jul 10, In the World Cup
semifinals in St. Petersburg French defender Samuel Umtiti's
second-half headed goal led France to a 1-0 victory over Belgium.
2018 Jul 13, France said the
United States rejected a request for waivers for its companies
operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump
imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
2018 Jul 13, A Greek court
agreed to extradite to France a Russian cybercrime suspect who also
is wanted on criminal charges in the United States and Russia.
Alexander Vinnik (38), a former bitcoin operator, was arrested in
Greece last year on a US-issued international warrant.
2018 Jul 14, France celebrated
Bastille Day with a colorful military parade in Paris presided by
President Emmanuel Macron, and hoped the party would continue the
next day when the national soccer team meets Croatia in the World
Cup final in Russia.
2018 Jul 15, In Russia Croatia
lost France 4-2 to in the World cup final.
2018 Jul 16, France expelled
Djamel Beghal, an Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on
terror charges, to stand trial in his homeland. He has been a
high-profile figure for years in the underground world of terrorism.
2018 Jul 16, The French Embassy
said a decision to close the Business France office in Moscow was
made because "operating conditions have degraded considerably" in
2018 Jul 19, President Emmanuel
Macron presented a distinctively modern face for Marianne, France's
traditional symbol of its revolutionary values. Macron chose the
Abidjan-based French-British street artist Yseult Digan, more widely
known as YZ (pronounced 'Eyes').
2018 Jul 19, In Niger French
Defence Minister Florence Parly arrived for talks with her Nigerien
counterpart Kalla Moutari and President Mahamadou Issoufou about
boosting the G5 Sahel force's "operational dynamics".
2018 Jul 20, French President
Emmanuel Macron fired Alexandre Benalla, the head of his personal
security detail, but faced criticism for failing to act sooner,
after video was released showing the man posing as a police officer
and beating a protester while off duty in May.
2018 Jul 20, France sent 50
tons of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria
after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for
future aid efforts.
2018 Jul 21, Humanitarian aid
sent by France and Russia arrived in Syria as the two countries'
leaders discussed a joint mission to distribute much-needed relief
supplies in a ravaged former rebel enclave.
2018 Jul 23, French police
cleared 455 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants from a park in the
western city of Nantes where they had been camping for more than a
2018 Jul 23, Oksana Shachko
(31), one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement,
was found dead in her Paris apartment with a suicide note next to
her body. She was one of four feminist activists who founded Femen
in Ukraine in 2008.
2018 Jul 24, Some Tour de
France riders needed eye treatment for tear gas when police
intervened to disperse farmers protesting against funding cuts.
Stage 16 resumed after a 15-minute delay.
2018 Jul 27, A major fire in
the Paris suburbs paralyzed traffic in and out of the city's
Montparnasse train station, just as thousands of French travelers
head off on their holidays this weekend.
2018 Jul 30, In France Geraint
Thomas was labelled the "Perfect Poster Boy" after the British Team
Sky rider deposed teammate and four-time champion Chris Froome to
win the Tour de France.
2018 Aug 1, French lawmakers
voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving
cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential
on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation
to fight sexual violence.
2018 Aug 2, In France three
mountain climbers plunged to their death in the Domes de Miage of
the French Alps.
2018 Aug 4, In France a
spokesman said EDF has halted four nuclear reactors at three power
plants because of the current heatwave affecting Europe.
2018 Aug 11, In France Bui Tin
(b.1927), a Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero,
died. He became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected
in 1990, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics.
2018 Aug 12, It was reported
that a French theme park has trained six rooks to pick up cigarette
butts and other rubbish dropped by visitors in return for food.
2018 Aug 12, In southeastern
France a small glider plane crashed despite "excellent" weather,
killing two Austrians onboard on the mountainous Roche Rousse sector
of Orcieres in the Hautes-Alpes region.
2018 Aug 16, Air France-KLM was
tipped to name its first non-French chief executive, with Ben Smith,
chief operating officer at Air Canada, set to be unveiled. Nine out
of 10 Air France unions opposed the selection.
2018 Aug 20, France told its
diplomats and foreign ministry officials, in an internal memo, to
postpone indefinitely all non-essential travel to Iran, citing a
foiled bomb plot and a hardening of Tehran's attitude towards
2018 Aug 23, In France a man
(36) stabbed his mother and sister to death and seriously injured
another person in a town near Paris before being shot dead by
police. The man had serious mental health problems and had been on a
terror watch list since 2016.
2018 Aug 26, In France Moroccan
singer Saad Lamjarred (33) was arrested on suspicion of committing a
rape in the town of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. Lamjarred
was previously arrested in October 2016 for having assaulted a
French woman in a luxury hotel on the Champs-Elysee avenue.
2018 Aug 27, In France a man
was detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who
released a shocking video of an attack last month outside a Paris
cafe which went viral online. Surveillance footage of the incident
shows a man hurling an ashtray from a table outside the cafe at
Marie Laguerre, allegedly after she told him to "shut up" following
lewd comments. In October Firas M. (25) was sentenced to six months
in jail and fined $2,300.
(AFP, 8/28/18)(SFC, 10/6/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 28, French Environment
Minister Nicolas Hulot resigned in frustration over sluggish
progress on climate goals and nuclear energy policy, dealing a major
blow to President Emmanuel Macron's already tarnished green
2018 Aug 28, Fishermen from
rival French and British fleets banged their boats in ill-tempered
skirmishes over access to the scallop-rich waters off France's
northern coast. French law prevents French boats from fishing for
scallops during the summer months before Oct. 1, to help preserve
the stocks. But British ships can still fish for the prized
delicacies in international waters off the French coast.
2018 Aug 28, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban and Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini
launched an anti-migration manifesto, namechecking French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron as their adversary. Macron has blasted Italy and
Hungary for maintaining an uncompromising stance on migrants while
readily accepting EU development funding.
2018 Sep 7, In France jewels,
worth an estimated 800,000 euros ($930,000), were stolen from a
Saudi princess at the five-star Ritz Hotel on Place Vendome.
2018 Sep 8, In France more than
18,000 people marched in Paris as part of an international
mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat
climate change in advance of a Sept.12-Sept. 14 summit in San
2018 Sep 10, In France a man
wielding a knife and an iron bar injured seven people, including
three tourists, in Paris, in an attack that bystanders tried to stop
by throwing petanque balls at the assailant.
2018 Sep 12, France-based
Algerian singer Rachid Taha (59) died overnight after suffering a
heart attack at his home in the Paris suburbs.
2018 Sep 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron formally recognized the responsibility of the French
state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957,
admitting for the first time the French military's "system" that
included torture during Algeria's independence war.
2018 Sep 14, PM Edouard
Philippe said France plans to boost cycling with better bike lanes,
financial incentives for bicycle commuters and measures against bike
2018 Sep 14, In France about 15
Kurdish activists burned the Iranian flag in front of Iran's embassy
in Paris and broke some windows with stones. Some of the attackers
2018 Sep 15, In France four men
allegedly raped a woman (19) outside a nightclub in Toulouse. Images
of the apparent attack soon circulated on social media. The alleged
victim later told police that she had been attacked in the
nightclub's car park and that she believed she had been drugged.
2018 Sep 18, French President
Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans to make France's health care system,
considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and
sustainable for the next 50 years.
2018 Sep 19, A French court of
appeals upheld a Sept. 2017 ruling that two directors of French
celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum 45,000 euros
($52,500) for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when
publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing
back in 2012.
2018 Sep 20, In France dozens
of farmers and lawmakers stormed out of a meeting with the new
environment minister after he confirmed that two more bears would
soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains. Some 40 brown bears
currently roam the range between France and Spain after France began
importing them from Slovenia in 1996 after the native population had
been hunted to near-extinction.
2018 Sep 25, Interpol chief
Meng Hongwei was reported missing after traveling from France to his
native China. His wife was soon placed under police protection after
2018 Sep 25, Portugal said that
it would take in 10 of 58 migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, as
European countries battled to defuse a fresh row over asylum seekers
picked up in the Mediterranean. France and Spain also agreed to take
in migrants from the Aquarius.
(AFP, 9/25/18)(Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018 Sep 27, In France Pascal
Filoe, a city hall official in the southern city of Rodez, was
stabbed to death in a daylight attack. A suspect was arrested. Local
media reported that he acted out of vengeance days after his
unregistered attack dog was confiscated.
2018 Sep, In France divers and
a specially equipped boat with lifting gear began fishing out
hundreds of the old loops of rubber about 500 meters (1,600 feet)
from an exclusive coastline between the towns of Cannes and Antibes.
A 1980s experiment saw 25,000 car tires dumped into the
crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean to create a sanctuary for
sea life off the French coast. The experiment was found to be
2018 Oct 1, Legendary French
Armenian singer Charles Aznavour (b.1924) died at his home in
Alpilles. Aznavour was named "Entertainer of the Century" by CNN in
1998 because of his immense global popularity. His leading role in
Francois Truffaut's film "Shoot the Piano Player" in 1960 catapulted
Aznavour to international fame.
2018 Oct 2, Around 200 French
police launched a dawn anti-terror raid on one of the biggest Shiite
Muslim centers in France, the Zahra Center France, as well as the
homes of its directors. France accused Iran's intelligence ministry
of being behind a foiled plot to bomb an exiled opposition group
near Paris. The accusation was taken three months after the alleged
plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) in a
suburb of Paris.
2018 Oct 2, Three scientists
from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in
physics for work with lasers. Arthur Ashkin (96) of Bell
Laboratories in New Jersey, developed "optical tweezers" that can
grab tiny particles such as viruses without damaging them. Donna
Strickland, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Frenchman
Gerard Mourou of the Ecole Polytechnique and University of Michigan,
helped develop short and intense laser pulses that have broad
industrial and medical applications, including laser eye surgery and
highly precise machine cutting.
2018 Oct 3, France's PM Edouard
Philippe assumed responsibility for the country's domestic security
after Interior Minister Gerard Collomb resigned in an apparent act
of defiance toward President Emmanuel Macron.
2018 Oct 3, French police
caught one of France's most wanted men in a pre-dawn raid, finding
the gangster holed up in his hometown north of Paris. Fugitive
Redoine Faid (46) was arrested in Creil three months after his
spectacular helicopter escape.
2018 Oct 3, The Japan Space
Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT),
a German-French observation device, was released from the unmanned
spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.
2018 Oct 4, French authorities
helicoptered a Slovenian she-bear into the Pyrenees mountains,
despite an all-night protest by furious local farmers who fear she
will eat their sheep.
2018 Oct 5, French police said
they are probing the disappearance of Meng Hongwei (64), the Chinese
head of Interpol, who has reportedly been detained for questioning
in his home country. The Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post
newspaper reported that Meng was under investigation in China.
2018 Oct 9, Uzbekistan's Pres.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev made his first trip to a European Union country,
meeting with French leader Emmanuel Macron in Paris. He signed
partnership agreements with French companies including energy group
Total, Veolia and Suez for water facilities, nuclear company Orano
and Airbus Helicopters. No final contract was expected to be
2018 Oct 10, France's highest
court overturned an appeals court ruling that required around 1,700
women around the world to pay back compensation they received over
rupture-prone breast implants. The decision means that the
years-long case must be retried.
2018 Oct 11, In France scuba
divers found two people dead inside an upended car lolling on a
beach after torrential rains wrought havoc along the Riviera coast
2018 Oct 12, A French police
van was seen driving into Italy to return recently-arrived migrants
to the town of Calviere. French authorities later admitted to
returning migrants to Italy in "error".
2018 Oct 12, Rwanda's foreign
minister Louise Mushikiwabo was named head of the International
Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), a sign of slowly improving
relations between Paris and Kigali a decade after the African nation
turned its back on the French language.
2018 Oct 13, Mark Sutton (34),
a Briton riding a mountain bike, was shot dead by a hunter (22) as
he sped down a wooded track near Montriond in the French Alps.
2018 Oct 14, Britain, France
and Germany insisted that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible
investigation into his disappearance at the Saudi consulate in
2018 Oct 15, In France
overnight flash floods struck the southwest Aude region. At least 14
people died and one remained missing after the storms and floods.
(AP, 10/15/18)(AFP, 10/17/18)
2018 Oct 15, It was reported
that France over the summer seized part of a severance payment to
the former co-chairman of LafargeHolcim as part of an investigation
into whether the cement maker paid off Islamic State and other
militants in Syria.
2018 Oct 17, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron met with visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to prepare
next year's summits of the group of developing countries G-20 in
Japan and the world's advanced economies G-7 in France.
2018 Oct 17, The France-based
Interpol police organization said coordinated police raids in 93
countries have netted more than 55 tons of drugs including a
cocaine, heroin and millions of synthetic drug pills. 1,300 people
in all were arrested in an operation codenamed Lionfish, and which
took place between Sept. 17 and Oct. 8.
2018 Oct 19, The London-based
European Medicines Agency said it had adopted a "positive opinion"
of Dengvaxia, the first vaccine for dengue, made by Sanofi of
(SFC, 10/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 23, France-based
Interpol said coordinated police raids in 116 countries have netted
500 tons of illicit pharmaceuticals available online, including fake
cancer medications, counterfeit pain pills and illegal medical
2018 Oct 23, The UN Human
Rights Committee said that France's ban on the niqab, the full-body
Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called on it to
review the legislation. It gave Paris 180 days to report back to say
what actions it had taken.
2018 Oct 26, French President
Emmanuel Macron dismissed as "demagoguery" the calls by several
European countries including Germany to suspend arms sales to Saudi
Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
2018 Oct 27, The leaders of
Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met to try to find a political
solution to Syria's devastating civil war, provide access to
humanitarian aid and salvage a fragile ceasefire in the country's
last major rebel-held bastion.
2018 Oct 30, Heavy snowfall
across south-central France, with up to 40 centimeters (16 inches)
falling in some towns and villages, has caused chaos on the roads
and knocked out electricity to nearly 200,000 homes.
2018 Nov 2, Vietnam's PM In and
French PM Edouard Philippe witnessed the signing of two business
deals in Hanoi worth over $10 billion and dozens of other
cooperation agreements covering energy, education, health,
technology and the environment.
2018 Nov 4, French President
Emmanuel Macron kicked off a week of commemorations for the 100th
anniversary of the end of World War One.
2018 Nov 4, Voters in New
Caledonia voted in a referendum on whether the French territory in
the South Pacific should break free from the European country that
claimed it in the mid-19th century. 56.4 percent of people rejected
2018 Nov 5, France gave 30
million euros ($34 million) of aid to Gambia as part of efforts to
support its democratic transition and ensure stability in a region
Paris deems vital to its interests.
2018 Nov 5, France said it has
issued international arrest warrants for three ranking Syrian
officials, accusing them of complicity with crimes against humanity
in the deaths of a father and son who were detained in 2013.
2018 Nov 5, In France two
buildings collapsed into a giant pile of rubble and beams in the
southern city of Marseille. Firefighters soon found the bodies of
three people in the ruins. On Nov. 7 death toll rose to six in with
the discoveries of two men's bodies. On Nov. 9 the body of a woman
was found in the ruins, bringing to eight the death toll from the
(AP, 11/5/18)(AFP, 11/6/18)(AP, 11/7/18)(AP,
2018 Nov 6, French police
arrested five men and a woman, all from the radical far right,
suspected of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron.
2018 Nov 7, French composer
Francis Lai (86), who won an Oscar in 1970 for the iconic "Love
Story" soundtrack, died. Lai started as an accordionist, but quickly
rose through the ranks as a composer, writing songs for singers
including Edith Piaf and Yves Montand.
2018 Nov 10, In France
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron insisted
they were good friends after a dustup over their comments about
European security that threatened to divert attention from a weekend
ceremony marking 100 years since the end of World War I.
2018 Nov 11, President Emmanuel
Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed during World
War One, holding an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by dozens
of world leaders to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.
2018 Nov 12, The French
government said 51 states, including all EU members, have pledged
their support for a new international agreement to set standards on
cyberweapons and the use of the internet. The states have signed up
to a so-called "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace", an
attempt to kickstart stalled global negotiations. China, Russia and
the United States did not sign the pledge.
2018 Nov 12, In France police
Officer Maggy Biskupski (36), who warned that growing anti-police
violence was undermining morale in the force, was found dead at her
home in a suspected suicide. She had founded the Angry Police
Movement protest group after the October 2016 firebombing of a squad
car with two officers inside.
2018 Nov 13, French authorities
said they have closed an investigation into the disappearance and
subsequent detention in China of Meng Hongwei, the former president
of Interpol, and found no evidence to support his wife's claim that
she got a threatening call in Chinese after he was picked up.
2018 Nov 14, The French
government attempted to head off planned protests over rising fuel
costs by announcing a series of measures to help poorer families pay
2018 Nov 15, France led calls
among EU states for changes to Britain's draft Brexit deal. France
spearheaded a group of states in raising objections to what has so
far been agreed on fishing between the EU and UK after Brexit.
2018 Nov 15, A French court
acquitted former government minister Georges Tron (61) and his
former deputy, Brigitte Gruel (61), of raping two employees during
foot-massaging sessions in his office. Virginie Ettel (41) and Eva
Loubrieu (44) had testified that they felt powerless to resist being
groped and penetrated digitally by Tron because they were afraid of
losing their jobs.
2018 Nov 15, A French court
granted release to Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan (56), a Swiss
citizen and professor at Oxford University, on condition he pay
300,000 euros ($340,000) bail, surrender his Swiss passport and
remain in France. Two women have accused Ramadan of raping them in
2018 Nov 15, French Polynesian
President Edouard Fritch said the leaders of the French collectivity
of islands in the South Pacific lied to the population for three
decades over the dangers of nuclear testing. From 1960 to 1996,
France carried out 193 nuclear tests in French Polynesia. In 2010
the French government offered millions of euros in compensation for
the government's 201 nuclear tests in the South Pacific and Algeria.
2018 Nov 16, Meeting in
Versailles, France, 50-plus nations unanimously approved a
ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements
that underpins global trade and other vital human endeavors, uniting
together behind new scientific definitions for the kilogram and
other units in a way that they have failed to do on so many other
2018 Nov 17, In France
thousands gathered on motorways across the country to protest
against higher fuel taxes and President Emmanuel Macron's economic
policies, in a campaign of road blockades. One female protester (63)
was accidentally killed and dozens were injured.
(Reuters, 11/17/18)(AFP, 11/17/18)
2018 Nov 18, French Interior
Minister Christophe Castaner said more than 400 people were hurt, 14
seriously, in a day and night of "yellow vest" protests over rising
fuel price hikes as more protests continued in several regions
2018 Nov 19, European Union
foreign ministers endorsed a French government decision to sanction
Iranian nationals accused of a bomb plot in France, a move that
could enable EU-wide enforcement of the measures.
2018 Nov 19, In France UNESCO
Director-General Audrey Azoulay and World Jewish Congress President
Ronald Lauder unveiled the interactive "Facts about the Holocaust "
site at the cultural agency's Paris headquarters.
2018 Nov 20, In France Rev.
Robert Bonan was arrested in the town of Lautenbach on preliminary
charges of raping minors. The charges were based on multiple
complaints, some dating to the 1980s.
2018 Nov 21, The French
government said thirty police officers have been injured in five
days of protests over rising living costs on the French Indian Ocean
island of La Reunion. Roads across the volcanic island of 850,000
people off southeast Africa remained blocked by demonstrators,
causing petrol stations to run low on fuel, and schools were closed
for fear of violence.
2018 Nov 21, The International
Alliance for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms (AIDL) filed a
lawsuit against Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan
during his visit to France, accusing him of war crimes, complicity
in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen.
2018 Nov 22, France said it had
imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens
linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned
that more could follow depending on results of the current
2018 Nov 22, In Mali Amadou
Koufa, one of the most prominent jihadist leaders in the country,
was killed late today in a raid by French forces. The operation
killed about 30 Islamist militants.
2018 Nov 23, The 170 member
states of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions chose
Japan's Osaka to host the 2025 World Expo, beating out cities in
Russia and Azerbaijan for an event expected to draw millions of
2018 Nov 24, French police
firing tear gas and using water cannon clashed with protesters in
Paris who are angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel
Macron's economic policies, the second weekend of "yellow vest"
protests across the country.
2018 Nov 25, French Senate
employee Benoit Quennedey, suspected of spying for North Korea, was
detained. Quennedey has traveled to the Koreas in his role as the
head of the French-Korean Friendship Association, and wrote a book
and essays about North Korea.
2018 Nov 25, French economy
minister Bruno Le Maire said Renault had launched an internal audit
into Ghosn's pay. Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has denied
allegations of financial misconduct, claiming he had no intention of
making false reports.
2018 Nov 26, The French
government unveiled a planned bill to invest 13.4 billion euros
($15.2 billion) by 2022 aimed to develop the rail network,
car-pooling, electric cars and unmanned shuttles. The government
also said it has dropped plans that would have eased the
introduction of urban tolls amid nationwide protests against rising
(AP, 11/26/18)(Reuters, 11/26/18)
2018 Nov 27, President Emmanuel
Macron said France would reduce the share of nuclear in the power
mix to 50 percent by 2035, down from 75 percent today, rather than
the total phasing out planned by neighbor Germany.
2018 Nov 28, The EU's second
highest court upheld a decision by the European Union to recover
money from far-right politician Marine Le Pen, delivering the former
French presidential candidate a second legal setback this year.
2018 Nov 30, French President
Emmanuel Macron told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Europeans will insist on international experts being part of the
investigations into a Saudi journalist's murder.
2018 Dec 1, In France police
and anti-government protesters clashed near the Champs-Elysees and
in other parts of central Paris. Paris police arrested 412 people
during the worst clashes for years in the capital. 378 remained in
(AFP, 12/1/18)(AP, 12/2/18)
2018 Dec 2, French President
Emmanuel Macron led a crisis meeting after a day of riots in Paris
by anti-government protesters left hundreds injured nationwide and
widespread destruction around the capital.
2018 Dec 3, In France
anti-government protesters gained new allies as paramedics and
students joined ongoing rallies while PM Macron met with political
rivals in a bid to ease the anger following riots that rocked Paris.
2018 Dec 4, French PM Edouard
Philippe announced in a live televised address that the planned
increases set for January would be postponed until summer.
Demonstrations continued around the country.
2018 Dec 5, French trade unions
and farmers pledged to join nationwide protests against President
Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the
momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in
2018 Dec 5, A Paris court of
appeal approved an extradition request by Burkina Faso's government
for the brother of ex-Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore.
2018 Dec 6, France's PM Edouard
Philippe said he was open to new measures to benefit workers on the
lowest salaries, as the government scrambled to head off another
round of 'yellow vest' protests in Paris this weekend.
2018 Dec 6, Around 200 French
high schools were blocked or disrupted by students protesting a raft
of education overhauls, on a fourth day of action called to coincide
with anti-government demonstrations which have rocked the country in
2018 Dec 6, In France aid
groups Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee said they have
been forced to end the migrant rescue operations of the Aquarius
ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
2018 Dec 6, The European Union
and France said their total investment in development funding aimed
at preventing terrorism in the G5 African Sahel countries
(Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger) would rise to 1.3
billion euros ($1.5 billion), as the region struggles with jihadism
2018 Dec 8, French riot police
fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris, trying to stop thousands
of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential
palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President
Emmanuel Macron. Yellow-vested protesters blocked the border with
Italy near the town of Ventimiglia causing a 6-km (nearly 4-mile)
backup of traffic in both directions. Some 125,000 yellow vests took
to the streets with a bevy of demands related to high living costs
and a sense that Pres. Macron favors the elite and is trying to
modernize the French economy too fast. Running battles between
protesters and police left at least 71 injured in Paris and caused
widespread damage in cities around the country.
(AP, 12/8/18)(AP, 12/9/18)
2018 Dec 10, French President
Emmanuel Macron announced measures to help low-income families and
so end the "yellow vest" protests. Economists soon estimated that
the cost of the sweeteners could reach 11 billion euros ($12.5
billion) -- a blowout for a country already struggling to meet EU
2018 Dec 11, In France a man
killed three people in a gun attack on a Christmas market in
Strasbourg and escaped the scene. 12 other people were wounded. He
was soon identified as Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt (29), was
known to have been religiously radicalized while in jail, and was on
an intelligence services watch list as a potential security risk.
(Reuters, 12/12/18)(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 12, In France a cousin
of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov accepted the European
Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize on his behalf, saying the
director remained committed to winning the release of all "political
prisoners" in Russia.
2018 Dec 12, A top French
appeals court overturned the suspended prison terms handed to
activists Cedric Herrou and Pierre-Alain Mannoni for helping
migrants who entered the country illegally. The Cour de Cassation,
France's court of final appeal, sent the case back to the Lyon
appeals' court, which is expected to void the case.
2018 Dec 12, France arrested
Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a member of Africa's top footballing
body, on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic.
2018 Dec 12, Eight European
Union nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland,
Sweden and the United Kingdom) underlined their commitment to the
Iran nuclear deal while urging Tehran to stop its "destabilizing
regional activities" especially the launch of ballistic missiles.
2018 Dec 13, In France gunman
Cherif Chekatt (29) was killed by police in the Neudorf neighborhood
of Strasbourg after a two-day manhunt.
2018 Dec 13, The Paris
prosecutor's office said a fifth person has been arrested and placed
in custody in connection with the investigation into the Dec. 11
shooting near Strasbourg's Christmas market.
2018 Dec 13, In southern France
a sixth "yellow vest" protester was killed after being hit by a
truck at a road where activists staged a blockade, as the protest
movement showed no signs of abating.
2018 Dec 14, President Emmanuel
Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of
protests by the 'yellow vest' movement against his government's
policies which have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.
2018 Dec 14, In France a fourth
person died following the Dec. 11 attack in Strasbourg.
2018 Dec 14, Brazil launched
the first of five navy attack submarines it is building under a
$7.6-billion technology-sharing deal struck with France.
2018 Dec 15, In France groups
of defiant "yellow vest" demonstrators faced off with tens of
thousands of police around the country, but their numbers were
sharply lower on a fifth and decisive weekend for the
anti-government movement. Around 66,000 protesters turned out again
on the fifth round of anti-government demonstrations, which sprung
up over fuel tax hikes last month.
(AFP, 12/15/18)(AFP, 12/16/18)
2018 Dec 16, In France yellow
vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across the
country even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be
losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests.
2018 Dec 17, France's Alliance
police labor union urged the government to invest in rebuilding the
country's police forces and called for a work slowdown to protest
planned cuts in the national police budget.
2018 Dec 17, In France two
people weredetained as part of the terrorism investigation in the
Dec. 11 attack that killed five people. They were suspected of
provinding the firearm used by Cherif Chekatt.
(SFC, 12/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 18, French "yellow
vest" protesters caused transport chaos after occupying highway toll
booths and setting some of them on fire.
2018 Dec 19, France's human
rights ombudsman reported that undocumented migrants living in
makeshift camps in northern France have been subjected to an
"unprecedented" violation of their basic rights over the past three
2018 Dec 19, The Greek Supreme
Court ordered the extradition to France of Russian Alexander Vinnik,
who headed the Bitcoin exchange BTC-e, on suspicion of money
2018 Dec 20, The French
government said the death toll linked to the anti-government "yellow
vest" protests has risen to nine, as demonstrators kept up major
disruptions of road traffic.
2018 Dec 20, France said it
will keep troops in northern Syria for now because Islamic State
militants have not been wiped out, contrary to the US view, and has
started talks with the United States on the conditions and calendar
of its withdrawal.
2018 Dec 20, Britain, Germany
and France, three of the United States' main allies in the war
against the Islamic State group, reacted with alarm to President
Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops out of Syria. Analysts
said the US decision to pull troops out of eastern Syria will leave
the Kurds exposed to Turkish military threats and forced to
cooperate with Damascus.
2018 Dec 21, French authorities
confirmed the arrest of a suspected extremist linked to the 2015
attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that killed 12 people.
French media reported that French citizen Peter Cherif, also known
as Abu Hamza, had been arrested in Djibouti.
2018 Dec 22, French President
Emmanuel Macron traveled to Chad for a two-day visit to meet with
French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region with Operation Barkhane
amid persistent extremist threats.
2018 Dec 22, French "yellow
vests" turned out in smaller numbers for a sixth Saturday of
protests in cities and border points, as a fatal road accident
brought the death toll to 10 since the movement began last month.
2018 Dec 23, Speaking on a
visit to Chad, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron insisted that France
will make no cuts to its military despite domestic budget
2018 Dec 23, Fugitive extremist
Peter Cherif, who recently was arrested in the former French colony
of Djibouti and expelled to France, was immediately taken into
custody and charged upon his arrival at Paris' Charles de Gaulle
2018 Dec 24, Environmental
groups said than 1.6 million people have signed an online petition
to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight
2018 Dec 26, A legal source
said French judges have dropped their long-running investigation
into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal
Habyarimana, which sparked the country's genocide.
2018 Dec 27, French
conglomerate Vinci said it had bought control of Gatwick airport,
Britain's second-busiest, for nearly three billion pounds only
months before Brexit.
2018 Dec 27, In southwestern
Niger a French air raid mounted by French and Nigerian fighters and
Tiger attack helicopters struck" jihadists gathered near Tongo
Tongo. Some 15 suspected jihadists were reported killed.
2018 Dec 29, In France yellow
vest protesters marched on the headquarters of leading broadcasters,
as small groups turned out in Paris and around the country despite
waning momentum for their movement. Police fired tear gas at the
demonstrators in Paris.
(AP, 12/29/18)(AFP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 31, A French court
authorized Central Africa Republic soccer executive and alleged
militia leader Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona to be handed over to the
Hague war crimes tribunal.
2018 Police in France arrested
Nordahl Lelandais and charged him with two murders in southeast
France. In 2019 investigators said they have identified around 40
unsolved disappearances and other cold cases potentially linked to
the former soldier.
2019 Jan 1, France ditched a
system whereby residents file income tax returns based on the
previous year's earnings, replacing it with a system where the state
deducts the taxes directly from people's salaries or pensions each
2019 Jan 2, In France Eric
Drouet, of the leaders of the "yellow vest" demonstrations, was
arrested late today for organizing an unauthorized protest on the
Champs-Elysees avenue. He was released the following afternoon.
Drouet already faced a trial for carrying a weapon at a previous
2019 Jan 4, The French
government dismissed 'yellow vest' protesters as agitators whose
only goal was to topple it, signaling a toughening stance against a
movement that has shaken Emmanuel Macron's presidency.
2019 Jan 4, Poland accused
France of breaching European Union laws by exceeding spending
limits. Paris last month forecast a 2019 deficit of 3.2 percent,
which would violate the EU-mandated limit of 3.0 percent of GDP.
2019 Jan 5, French "yellow
vests" marched through Paris and other cities in protest against
high living costs and the perceived indifference of Pres. Emmanuel
Macron, whose government this week hardened its stance against them.
Former light heavyweight boxer Christophe Dettinger (37) was filmed
beating up police officers in Paris during the protests. Dettinger
turned himself in to investigators on Jan. 7. On February 13
Dettinger was convicted of assault and given a one-year prison
(Reuters, 1/5/19)(AP, 1/7/19)(AP, 2/14/19)
2019 Jan 6, In France hundreds
of women marched in Paris to reclaim France's "yellow vest" movement
from violent activists, a day after protesters smashed their way
into a government ministry.
2019 Jan 7, In France Jeanne
Augier (95), the millionaire owner of Hotel Negresco in Nice, died.
She took over the luxury French Riviera hotel in 1957 she took over
the hotel in 1957 and worked to extend its influence throughout
France and the world.
2019 Jan 7, The two leaders of
Italy's ruling populist coalition threw their support behind the
"yellow vest" protesters roiling neighboring France.
2019 Jan 8, French officials
slammed a fundraising drive that brought in more than 100,000 euros
for Christophe Dettinger, a former boxer filmed punching police
officers during the latest "yellow vest" anti-government protests in
Paris over the weekend.
2019 Jan 9, Activists from a
French protest movement encouraged supporters to set off a bank run
by emptying their accounts, while the government urged citizens to
express their discontent in a national debate instead of weekly
demonstrations disrupting the streets of Paris.
2019 Jan 9, It was reported
that France and Germany have agreed to deepen a 1963 treaty of
post-war reconciliation in a bid to show that the European Union's
main axis remains strong and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism
among some other members. The extension to the Elysee Treaty will be
signed on Jan. 22.
2019 Jan 9, A French fighter
jet carrying two pilots disappeared from radar screens near the
Swiss border in a snowstorm.
2019 Jan 10, In France
ride-hailing giant Uber lost an appeal brought by a former driver
who wanted his terms of employment recognized as a fully-fledged
2019 Jan 10, In central Mali
the French military in coordination with Malian armed forces carried
out airstrikes killed some 15 members of an unnamed extremist group
that had been preparing an attack.
2019 Jan 10, Saudi Arabia
awarded a contract to build a $500 million wind farm, a first for
the world's top oil exporter as it pushes to diversify its energy
sector. A consortium led by France's EDF and Abu Dhabi's Masdar won
the bid for the 400-megawatt Dumat al-Jandal wind project in the
northern Al Jouf province.
2019 Jan 11, A French judicial
source said the president of Japan's Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu
Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected
corruption related to Japan's successful bid for the 2020 Olympic
2019 Jan 12, The French
Interior Ministry said about 32,000 people have turned out in yellow
vest demonstrations across France, including 8,000 in Paris. Paris
police fired water cannon and tear gas to push back demonstrators
from around the Arc de Triomphe monument, in the ninth straight
weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron's economic
(AP, 1/12/19)(Reuters, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 12, In France two
firefighters and a Spanish woman died and nearly people 50 were
injured in a massive gas explosion in a bakery that gutted the
ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district. A
4th body was soon found bringing the overall death toll to four.
(AFP, 1/12/19)(AP, 1/13/19)
2019 Jan 13, French media and
reporters' organizations denounced attacks on journalists by "yellow
vest" anti-government protesters and called for better protection
after a series of incidents this weekend. President Emmanuel Macron
attempted to rebound from two months of often violent
anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the
grievances fuelling the "yellow vest" movement.
(Reuters, 1/13/19)(AFP, 1/15/19)
2019 Jan 13, In France two ski
patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger
avalanches exploded. This brought to at least 26 the number of
weather-related deaths reported in parts of Europe this month.
2019 Jan 14, Two French
policemen went on trial over the alleged gang-rape of a drunk
Canadian tourist in April 2014 at the former headquarters of the
2019 Jan 15, French woman
Patricia Dagorn, accused of seducing and then poisoning elderly
wealthy men, had her sentence reduced on appeal, after a court
overturned two murder convictions in the case. She was sentenced
last year to 22 years in prison over the fatal poisoning of two men
found dead in 2011 on the Cote d'Azur, and the drugging of two
2019 Jan 15, French carmaker
Renault said it was recalling some 13,300 Dacia automobiles in
Romania over safety issues with the driver's air bag inflator.
2019 Jan 17, In France
Alexandre Benalla, a former bodyguard for President Emmanuel Macron,
was taken into police custody over his continued use of diplomatic
passports after he was fired for roughing up protesters.
2019 Jan 18, Russia said it has
agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the
Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev
2019 Jan 19, In France scuffles
broke out as around 7,000 "yellow vest" demonstrators marched
through Paris in a 10th consecutive weekend of protests against
President Emmanuel Macron's government.
2019 Jan 20, In France several
thousand protesters marched in Paris against abortion and medically
assisted reproduction in the 13th March for Life.
2019 Jan 20, In the French Alps
two people died and 25 more were injured, four seriously, in a fire
at the ski resort of Courchevel.
2019 Jan 21, France's data
privacy watchdog fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million) for
"lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid
consent" regarding ad personalization for users. This was the first
penalty for a US tech giant under new European data privacy rules
that took effect last year.
2019 Jan 22, In France several
suspects were on the run after they robbed a bank on the
Champs-Elysees in broad daylight.
2019 Jan 22, French officials
said US singer Chris Brown (29) and two other people are in custody
in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint.
2019 Jan 22, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed
a new treaty in Aachen to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation
accord (Elysee Treaty), aiming to reinvigorate the European Union's
main axis as growing eurosceptic nationalism tests the bloc's
2019 Jan 23, A French court
refused an appeal by Chile to extradite a longtime fugitive leftist
guerilla who had escaped prison after being convicted for killing an
ally of ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet, spurring an immediate rebuke
from Chile. France had granted Ricardo Palma Salamanca asylum in
November 2018, more than two decades after Chilean authorities
imprisoned him for the 1991 murder of Senator Jaime Guzman.
2019 Jan 23, France extradited
Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a member of Africa's top footballing
body, to the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he
faces war crimes charges in the Central African Republic's 2013
2019 Jan 23, Carlos Ghosn, who
is fighting breach of trust and other charges in Japan, resigned as
head of Renault. Ghosn has been detained for more than two months in
Japan. The board of French carmaker Renault SA is expected to name
Jean-Dominique Senard of Michelin as chairman, and Renault executive
Thierry Bollore as CEO.
2019 Jan 26, In France "yellow
vest" protesters marched through Paris and other cities on the 11th
weekend of action against the government, suggesting President
Emmanuel Macron has yet to defuse public opposition to some of his
2019 Jan 26, Prolific French
composer Michel Legrand (86) died in Paris. He won three Oscars and
five Grammys during a career spanning more than half a century. His
hits included the score for the '60s romance "The Umbrellas of
Cherbourg." He first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song "The
Windmills of Your Mind" from Norman Jewison's hit thriller "The
Thomas Crown Affair".
2019 Jan 27, In France hundreds
of people wearing red scarves marched through Paris to protest acts
of violence and vandalism that took place during the largely
peaceful yellow vest movement's two months of anti-government
2019 Jan 28, In France two
armed men attacked a van carrying a jailed prisoner on his way to a
court, firing shots at the vehicle and striking a guard before
making their getaway in the southern town of Tarascon.
2019 Jan 28, In Egypt French
President Emmanuel Macron called for "respect for individual
freedoms" as he met with his Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
2019 Jan 29, French man
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (73) arrived in the harbor of Les Sables
d'Olonne in his Rustler 36, the first to finish the 30,000-mile
Golden Globe race. Of the 19 sailors who started out last July, only
five were still in the race.
2019 Jan 29, In Egypt French
President Emmanuel Macron held a surprise second meeting with Pres.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after talks with the country's top clerics,
ending a three-day visit aimed at boosting ties while raising human
rights concerns. During the visit, Macron and Sisi oversaw the
signing of some 30 deals worth nearly a billion euros (dollars)
including in transportation, education and health.
2019 Jan 31, A French court
upheld a decision by doctors to withdraw life support for Vincent
Lambert (42), a tetraplegic man kept alive in a vegetative state for
a decade, after the latest legal challenge by the patient's parents
in a divisive right-to-die case.
2019 Jan 31, Britain, France
and Germany launched a special payment mechanism that the EU hopes
will help save a nuclear deal with Iran by bypassing US sanctions.
2019 Feb 1, A French priest was
sentenced to five years, two without parole, for sexually assaulting
four young female parishioners, one of whom was just nine when the
offences started, and embezzling 100,000 euros ($115,000) to pay one
of his victims.
2019 Feb 2, In France several
thousand "yellow vest" protesters marched through Paris and other
cities on the 12th weekend of action against the government, despite
opinion polls pointing to a recovery in President Emmanuel Macron's
2019 Feb 2, Avalanches in
Austria, France and Switzerland killed four people.
2019 Feb 3, In France
Anne-Sophie Schmidt, one of 10 women in three countries who say they
were assaulted, harassed or in one case raped by conductor Charles
Dutoit, issued a statement calling attention to the allegations
ahead of his first major concert since the allegations surfaced in
2019 Feb 3, French warplanes
struck a rebel convoy in northern Chad, helping local troops repel
an incursion across the border from Libya, a sign France's support
for President Idriss Deby goes beyond fighting Islamist militants.
2019 Feb 5, In France a
suspected arson attack on a Paris residential building that left at
least 10 people dead. A suspect was detained after she allegedly
tried to torch a car nearby.
2019 Feb 5, Apple said it has
reached an agreement with French authorities over 10 years of back
taxes, confirming information published by the French magazine
L'Express. The magazine reported that the firm paid nearly 500
million euros ($570 million) to resolve the case in a confidential
settlement reached in December.
2019 Feb 5, The Jerusalem
District Prosecutor's Office said that Ilan Levy-Neumand, a dual
French-Israeli citizen and resident of a West Bank settlement, was
arrested and that prosecutors petitioned the court for his
extradition. In 2010, Levy-Neumand was convicted in absentia by a
French court for sexual offenses against eight girls and sentenced
to 15 years in prison. He fled France for Israel after his arrest in
2019 Feb 6, France and Germany
announced a 65 million euro ($74 million) contract financed equally
by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint
program to design a next-generation combat jet.
2019 Feb 7, France said its
defense cooperation with Cameroon was continuing a day after the
United States said it was halting some military assistance to the
West African country over allegations of human rights violations by
its security forces.
2019 Feb 7, France's foreign
ministry recalled its ambassador to Rome for consultations over a
series of comments from Italy's deputy prime ministers, Luigi Di
Maio and Matteo Salvini. Salvini and De Maio have angered Macron in
particular by publicly supporting the "yellow vest" protesters who
have taken to the streets to denounce high living costs and a
perceived indifference by the government to rural and small-town
2019 Feb 7, Chadian President
Idriss Deby said a column of rebels which had sought to cross into
the country from Libya had been "destroyed" in a series of strikes
carried out by French warplanes. The French military has said Mirage
2000 jets struck an armed convoy on three days this week, destroying
about 20 of roughly 50 pickup trucks.
2019 Feb 8, European Union
member states adopted a Franco-German compromise allowing Berlin to
remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas
pipeline to Europe.
2019 Feb 8, Kurdish officials
said there was no progress on repatriating dozens of French
nationals, including accused Islamic State fighters, women, and
children, from prison camps in northern Syria.
2019 Feb 9, Thousands of French
"yellow vest" demonstrators marched for their 13th weekend of
action, with scuffles in Paris. One demonstrator's hand was blown
off by a flash-ball grenade.
(Reuters, 2/9/19)(AFP, 2/9/19)
2019 Feb 9, In France a woman
and a child were killed in a fire late today in the eastern city of
Lyon believed to have been sparked by a gas blast in a bakery.
2019 Feb 11, In France the
left-wing Liberation newspaper suspended two of its journalists,
including Vincent Glad, who founded the closed Facebook group
"League of LOL," a secret "boys club" of journalists that has been
accused of harassing women writers and feminists during a
near-decade long campaign of online bullying.
2019 Feb 11, French cash
delivery driver Adrien Derbez (27) made off with about three million
euros ($3.2 million). He managed to hide half his haul before being
arrested the next day.
2019 Feb 11, Australia's PM
Scott Morrison described his government as stronger on national
security than the opposition after signing an agreement with the
French government to deliver a fleet of submarines and ahead of
federal elections expected to be held in May.
2019 Feb 13, French carmaker
Renault said in a statement its board unanimously decided to waive
Ghosn's "non-compete commitment and, consequently, not to pay the
corresponding compensation equal to two years fixed and variable
2019 Feb 16, In France "yellow
vest" protesters took to the streets for the 14th weekend in a row.
A poll this week showed dwindling support for the demonstrations.
2019 Feb 16, French director
Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the
Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize. The movie, which opens on
Feb. 20, portrays French priest Bernard Preynat, who has been
accused of molesting dozens of boys during the 1980s and '90s.
2019 Feb 17, French officials
strongly condemned anti-Semitic abuse and anti-police attacks by
some "yellow vest" demonstrators as hundreds gathered in central
Paris to mark the third month of the anti-government protests.
2019 Feb 17, Saudi Arabia
signed a preliminary agreement with France's Naval Group to build
warships in the kingdom, as part of its efforts to develop domestic
manufacturing capabilities. Saudi Arabian Military Industries
(SAMI), the kingdom’s state defense company, made the announcement
at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
2019 Feb 19, French residents
and public officials from across the political spectrum joined
nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of
anti-Semitic acts. Vandals daubed swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans
overnight on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the eastern
village of Quatzenheim.
(AP, 2/19/19)(Reuters, 2/19/19)
2019 Feb 19, Karl Lagerfeld
(85), German-born French fashion designer, died in Paris. Lagerfeld
was one of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world,
holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi
from 1977, and Paris' family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.
2019 Feb 19, France and Germany
launched a drive in Berlin to overhaul the European Union's
competition rules to facilitate the creation of world-leading
companies. They pushed forward a project to create a car battery
consortium aimed at catching up with Asian rivals.
2019 Feb 20, A French court
ordered Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros
($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French
clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France's
biggest-ever tax evasion trials.
2019 Feb 20, A French TV
channel said it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook
broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France
because of an onslaught of anti-Semitic commentary.
2019 Feb 21, France Info radio
and BFM TV reported that French jihadist Fabian Clain had been
killed and his brother Jean-Michel seriously wounded after a
coalition strike in Baghouz, the final pocket held by the militants
in northeastern Syria.
2019 Feb 21, In Mali Djamel
Okacha (aka Yahya Abou El Hamame), an Algerian commander in Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed after French commandos,
helicopters and a drone hit a column of vehicles he was traveling in
north of Timbuktu. A total of 11 "terrorists" were reported killed.
2019 Feb 22, In France hundreds
of students took to the streets of Paris to call for more action to
fight climate change, one day after a similar march in Brussels.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who is being
hailed as her generation's voice on climate change, joined the Paris
2019 Feb 23, In France
thousands of yellow vest protesters took to the streets across the
country for a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations, trying to
re-energize supporters while tamping down on the violence and
anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks.
2019 Feb 25, Paris prosecutors
dropped a rape investigation targeting filmmaker Luc Besson (59)
because of a lack of evidence.
2019 Feb 26, PSA Group, the
French maker of Peugeot automobiles, said it plans to reintroduce
the cars to North American markets.
2040 In 2017 France's
government unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of
oil and natural gas by this time on the country's mainland and
overseas territories. In 2017 Britain and France said that by this
year new cars reliant on petrol or diesel will be illegal.
(AP, 9/6/17)(Econ, 9/9/17, p.65)