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 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 "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 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 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
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 25, 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
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)
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 Berge (86), the business brains behind the Yves Saint
Laurent empire, died at his home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
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 21, French dairy giant
Lactalis recalled millions more products globally because of fears
of salmonella contamination.