France 1815 to 2003


 
1981-2003: From la grande alternance to normalisation?
 
 



 
 

Timeline

 
 

 

1981
Pierre Mauroy is appointed prime minister
10 May Mitterrand elected president

14-21 June Victory for the PS in general elections
18 September Death penalty abolished

1983
March Government introduces austerity
measures to combat economic crisis
4 December March of the beurs
against racial discrimination

1984
17 June Front national wins over 10 per cent in the
European elections July Laurent Fabius is
appointed prime minister

1986
March Right wins legislative elections. Chirac is
appointed prime minister

1988
8 May Mitterrrand wins second term as president.
Michel Rocard is appointed prime minister

1989
9 November Fall of the Berlin Wall
November Three girls expelled from school in Creil
for wearing Islamic headscarf

1990
2 August Iraq invades Kuwait

1991
17 January-28 February France participates in the
Gulf War
15 May Edith Cresson is appointed prime minister

1992
April Pierre B?r?govoy becomes prime minister
April Eurodisney opens outside Paris

September French approve the Maastricht Treaty
by 51 per cent

1993
March Right wins huge majority. Edouard Balladur
becomes prime minister

1995
May Chirac wins presidential elections. Alain Jupp?
becomes prime minister
June Chirac announces new nuclear tests in Polynesia
December Widespread strikes

1996
8 January Death of Fran?ois Mitterrand

1997
June Left wins elections and Lionel Jospin becomes
prime minister

1998
30 June France wins World Cup

1999
December Bill approving 35-hour week

2000
June Presidential term is reduced to 5 years

2001
June Conscription ended

2002
February Franc ceases to legal currency, replaced by
the euro
5 May Chirac wins second round of presidential
elections against Le Pen. Jean-Pierre Raffarin
is appointed prime minister

2003
March France opposes use of force in Iraq. Major
diplomatic clash between France and the USA