2015 in France

The following lists events that happened in 2015 in France.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • January 6 – Former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin enters the Constitutional Council.
  • January 7 – Gunmen kill 12 people at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.[1]
  • January 8 – One of the suspects in the killings, Hamyd Mourad, volunteerily surrenders to police at Charleville-Mézières while the other two suspects are still at large.[2]
  • January 9 – Gunshots are reported in Dammartin-en-Goele as a manhunt continues for two suspects nearby.[3]
  • January 9 – A hostage situation occurs at a Jewish market, Hypercacher, in the eastern Paris suburb of Vincennes. There are two suspected hostage takers, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32, who were previously suspected of shooting a policewoman dead earlier in the week. There were at least sixteen hostages. The standoff ends with Coulibaly dead as well as four hostages. Four additional hostages and two police officers require hospitalization. Boumeddiene remains at large.[4]

February

  • February 9 – Hooded gunmen attack French police in the city of Marseille, which Prime Minister Manuel Valls is due to visit.[5]

March

April

  • April 16 – Vladimir Putin wants France to refund Russia for Mistral warships. The deal for these warships may not go through because of conflict over the Ukrainian crisis[9]
  • April 19 – Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old Algerian student, is arrested in Paris on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack on one or more churches as well as for the killing of Aurélie Châtelain.[10]
  • April 22 – President François Hollande says he will refund Russia for the Mistral warships if the deal falls through [11]
  • April 30- Qatar buys 24 Rafale fighter jets from France, paying about 6.3 billion euros (or 7.05 million US dollars). Qatar is in search of military power due to instability in the Middle Eastern region. They are fearful of recent conflict in Yemen, Syria, and Libya, as well as the growing power of Iran. The deal also "includes MBDA missiles, and the training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French army". France's arms exports are now at 15 billion euros for this year.[12]

May

  • May 4 – Gilles Le Guen, who is accused of working with a branch of Al-Queda in North Africa, goes into trial in Paris. He is the first person to go on trial for a new anti-terrorism law that was passed in 2012. This law "allows French prosecutors to go after citizens who are suspected of participating in terrorist acts on foreign soil, or who have left the country to receive terrorist training." [13]
  • May 6 – The French parliament passes a bill that gives power to intelligence services to do things such as tap cell phones and read emails. Intelligence services can use these powers "while bypassing the judiciary". The point of this bill is to protect France from security threats. The bill has raised questions about privacy of the French people [14]
  • May 7
    • A French family is trapped in Portuguese water after their ship capsizes near the mid-Atlantic Azores islands. The six-year-old girl of the family dies of hypothermia after being stranded in 21 degree Celsius water for 7 hours. The rest of the family was rescued by a Spanish hospital ship.[15]
    • Wiretaps of Nicolas Sarkozy (head of the UMP) were approved by a French court to be used as evidence. These wiretappings would likely be used against Sarkozy in a corruption case against him. Sarkozy's phones were first bugged "over allegations that he accepted illicit payments from L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign, much of it in cash-filled envelopes." The recordings entail conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer. This case is seen as a threat to Sarkozy's recent "political comeback".[16]
    • The state prosecutor of France confirms that judges in France will investigate rape allegations against French peacekeepers in Bangui, Central African Republic. The allegations come from six children between the ages of 9 and 13, claiming that fourteen French soldiers raped them in exchange for food between December 2013 and June 2014.[17]

June

July

August

October

November

  • November 13 – Terrorist attacks rip through France with as many as 130 people reported to be dead. The Islamic State claims responsibility of the shooting.[24]

General

The penetration rate of the mobile phone in French Republic is around 107-109%.[25]

Deaths

January

February

March

April

May

July

December

See also

References

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