There were numerous casualties in trenches in north- east France. 1,300,000 Frenchmen were killed and even more were injured by the conclusion.
Germany enters and takes control of much of France. This begins the advancement of the French Resistance.
Combined forces arrive at Normandy concluding with the liberation of France.
France begins economic Reconstruction leading to the beginning of the method of independence for much of France's colonies.
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.
The first Indochina War ends and the French are beaten at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in north- west Vietnam.
Algeria is given independence from French colonial rule.
France signs the Maastricht Treaty along the European Union.
France entices international condemnation after operating a sequence of nuclear tests in the Pacific.
Jacques Chirac is elected president, bringing to a close fourteen straight years of Socialist presidency.