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French History and Historical Events

With so much French history in France and the vast amount of historical events that have taken place over the centuries, although it is impossible for us to list them all, we have included a selection of history facts from various regions and provinces throughout France.

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Paris the Capital City of France
Paris is the capital city of France and is situated on the River Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Ile-de-France region

Ancient History of Paris
Fourth millennium BC Paris, archaeological finds show that Paris has been inhabited since at least this time. 

Early Modern History of Paris
The new King, Henri IV, converted to Catholicism in 1594 with the declaration that "Paris is well worth a mass," so convincing the Parisians to accept him as their king.

Early Medieval History of Paris
Paris was a typically crowded - The city's escape from Attila proved a short-lived reprieve, as it was attacked and overrun in 464 by Childeric I

The Hundred Years War of France and King Edward III
The Direct Capetian line died out in 1328, leaving no male heir to take over Paris capital. 

Paris in World War I and World War II
On the eve of the outbreak of the First World War, 2 August 1914, that Paris and other French cities was welcoming the war.

History and Events of the Eiffel Tower in Paris France
The tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened on 6 May 1889.

History of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and was commissioned in 1806

Construction of the Chateau de Vincennes
The Chateau de Vincennes dates back to the 12th century, which was before the Louvre was built and is one of the few castles that has found itself at the centre of French History right through from the Middle Ages.

Notre Dame Church In Paris France
Notre Dame de Paris, is often known simply as Notre Dame and is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite in Paris,

History and Events of Notre Dame de Paris
Construction of the Notre Dame began in 1163, which was during the reign of King Louis VII.

Notre Dame's Several Cathedral Organs
Several organs were installed in the Notre Dame Cathedral over time

History of the Bastille in Paris France
On 16 June 1792, the area occupied by the Bastille was turned into a square celebrating liberty

History of Avenue des Champs-Elysees
The Champs-Elysees was originally fields and market gardens, until 1616.

History of Nord-Pas de Calais in France
Until the end of the 20th century "Nord" was also the name of the région, as well as that of the departement.

History of Picardy in France
Occupied by the Franks during the 5th century, Picardy was divided among six feudal counts.

Facts on Midi-Pyrenees
The Midi-Pyrenees is one of the regions of France and was created artificially in the late 20th century.

History of Ile de France
It really all started in on 4 Febraury 1959 when the District of the Paris Region (district de la région de Paris) was created by a government decree.

Facts on Corsica Island
Corsica Island is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily.

History of Champagne-Ardenne
Champagne is a historic province in north eastern France. The name derives from the Latin campania, meaning "plain."

History of the Tour d'Argent Restaurant
This famous restaurant in Paris called the Tour d'Argent, has maintained its deep and almost sacred traditions throughout the centuries, dating back to 1582 when it catered towards the aristocrats of the time.

History of Lorraine in France
Lorraine, as its name indicates, was in the 9th cent. part of the kingdom of Lotharingia.

Facts on Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, is made up of the former French province of Provence.

History of Chateau de Chantilly Castle Near Paris
Le Grand Condé turned the Chateau de Chantilly into a venue for parties, balls and fireworks displays with a rather influential circle of people.

Chateau Compiegne Le Musee du Second Empire
The origins of the residence of Compiègne is intertwined with that of the French monarchy and goes back to the Merovingian dynasty.

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