1860 in France
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Events from the year 1860 in France.
- 23 January - Cobden-Chevalier Treaty Free Trade treaty is signed between the United Kingdom and France.
- 9 April - Typesetter Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville sings "Au clair de la lune" into his phonautograph, producing the world's earliest known sound recording of a song. However, it would not be converted back into audible sound until 2008.
- 18 October - At the end of the Second Opium War, British and French troops enter the Forbidden City in Beijing.
- 24 October - Convention of Peking signed by Chinese with Britain and France.
Arts and literature
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- 11 February - Rachilde, author (died 1953).
- 25 June - Gustave Charpentier, composer (died 1956).
- 16 August - Jules Laforgue, poet (died 1887).
- 20 August - Raymond Poincaré, statesman, five times Prime Minister of France, President of France (died 1934).
- 29 January - Stéphanie de Beauharnais, consort of Karl, Grand Duke of Baden (born 1789).
- 14 March - Louis Antoine Jullien, conductor (born 1812).
- 24 June - Jérôme Bonaparte, youngest brother of Napoleon, who made him king of Westphalia (born 1784).
- 22 August - Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, painter (born 1803).
- 17 December - Désirée Clary, wife of King Charles XIV of Sweden and a one-time fiancée of Napoleon Bonaparte (born 1777).