French Timeline


World War I

1914 - 1918

There were numerous casualties in trenches in north- east France. 1,300,000 Frenchmen were killed and even more were injured by the conclusion.

World War II

1939 - 1945

Germany enters and takes control of much of France. This begins the advancement of the French Resistance.

Liberation of France


Combined forces arrive at Normandy concluding with the liberation of France.

Fourth Republic

1946 - 1958

France begins economic Reconstruction leading to the beginning of the method of independence for much of France's colonies.

European Coal and Steel Community


France associates with West Germany and other nations in Europe in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). This led to the formation of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957.

End of Indochina War


The first Indochina War ends and the French are beaten at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in north- west Vietnam.

Algerian Independence


Algeria is given independence from French colonial rule.

Maastricht Treaty


France signs the Maastricht Treaty along the European Union.

Internationally Condemned


France entices international condemnation after operating a sequence of nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Chirac Elected President


Jacques Chirac is elected president, bringing to a close fourteen straight years of Socialist presidency.