Two French soldiers and seventeen militants are killed in the town Bulo Marer, Mali, during a failed rescue attempt to free a French hostage known by the pseudonym "Denis Allex". Allex is also to have been reported to have been killed.
17 January - Somalian militant group al Shabaab claim they have executed French hostage "Denis Allex". This contradicts the government's claim that Allex was killed during the failed hostage rescue attempt six days previously.
21 January - A gas leak at a Lubrizol chemical plant near Rouen prompts thousands of calls to emergency services complaining of foul smelling air across north-eastern France and parts of southern England. In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior reassures that the gas is not harmful at the quantities released.
1 February - An agreement is signed between Google Inc. and François Hollande for the company to invest €60 million into a fund to help develop the French media's internet presence. In return, French publishers agree to drop their demand for the company to pay license fees for showing their headlines and article portions in search engine results.
10 February - Police investigating a series of sexual assaults in Marseilles arrest a pair of twins after DNA evidence recovered from the scenes is unable to determine which one is to blame, if at all.
12 February - The National Assembly approves a bill extending rights to marry and adopt to homosexual couples by 329-229.
14 February - Meat processing firm Spanghero is accused by the government of knowingly labelling meat containing horsemeat as beef. As a result, the company's license to operate is suspended. The suspension is partially lifted four days later.
A cold snap causes exceptional snow and ice cover across north and north-western France. 27 départments declare an amber alert, and 200,000 people are reported to be without electricity.
François Hollande confirms that France will miss the 3% deficit target he pledged as part of his presidential campaign the previous year. The deficit for 2013 is projected to be 3.7% of GDP output.
5 May - Protests in Paris numbering in the tens of thousands mark François Hollande's first year in power, with many supporters of leftist parties expressing dissatisfaction over his handling of the economy.
15 May - Official figures released today show that the economy has returned to recession, with the first quarter of 2013 showing a contraction of 0.2%.
18 May - François Hollande signs the bill legalising same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couple into law.
21 May - Amid debate on overturning the Toubon Law and extending the availability of courses run in the English language in universities, Libération expresses support for a repeal by running a front cover entirely in English, with the headline "Let's Do It".
11 June - A three-day strike by air traffic controllers begins in protest against European Union plans to create a single European airspace.
20 June - Heavy rainfall in the Pyrenees causes flash floods, killing 3 people. The floods heavily affect pilgrimages to Lourdes, forcing the closure of the shrine and the evacuation of thousands of tourists from their hotels.
4 July - An investigation by Le Monde accuses the government of mass electronic surveillance of the French people, stating that data sent via "emails, SMSs, telephone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts" is collected and stored in Paris.
10 July - Three far-right groups are banned by the government following the killing of a left-wing activist student, Clement Maric, on 6 June. The groups deny involvement in Meric's death.
12 July - A train crash in Brétigny-sur-Orge kills 7 people and injures 20. François Hollande visits the scene within hours, calling the accident "a catastrophe". It is the worst train crash on French soil for 25 years.
28 July - High winds and strong currents off the Hérault coast cause the deaths of 7 men on 6 different beaches.
2 August - The government unveils a bill to revitalise France's deprived suburbs, which if passed, will see €5 billion invested into deprived areas to create employment and improve housing conditions.
8 August - Farmers in Brittany protest low egg prices and high production costs by smashing eggs in large quantities, vowing to destroy 100,000 eggs per day until 11 August.
30 August - François Hollande backs US plans for a military response to Syria's alleged chemical weapon usage one week earlier. Hollande's announcement comes one day after the United Kingdom's decision not to commit in a military capacity, leaving France as the only major country supporting the United States' position.
25 September - Human rights campaigners and the European Commission criticise Interior ministerManuel Valls for comments he made stating that "a majority" of Roma people should be expelled from the country because so few integrate into French society. Valls stands by his comments, stating that "My remarks only shock those who don't know the subject".
8 November - Standard & Poor's cuts France's credit rating from AA+ to AA, citing high unemployment and lack of government reforms in stimulating economic growth. It comes almost two years since France lost its top AAA rating.
16 November - Around 2000 freight trucks block major roads around Paris, Marseilles, Lyon and other large cities in an organised protest against the proposed road tax on vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes.
18 November - A lone gunman fires shots at the headquarters of Libération and, 90 minutes later, at the headquarters of Societe Generale, seriously injuring 1 person.
21 November - Police arrest a suspect in connection with the shootings in Paris on 18 November. The suspect is named as Abdelhakim Dekhar. He is charged with attempted murder and kidnapping two days later.
28 November - A survey by the European Commission finds that consumer confidence fell sharply in November, with the French more pessimistic about the state of the national economy compared to other Eurozone countries.
29 November - MPs debate a bill that would introduce a fine of €1,500 to those caught paying for sex.
4 December - The National Assembly passes the bill imposing fines on those being caught using prostitutes by a 268-138 margin.
5 December - The United Nations Security Council passes Resolution 2127, giving authorisation for French soldiers in the Central African Republic to use force to prevent civilian casualties.
10 December - Two French soldiers are killed in fighting in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. They are the first French casualties of the conflict.
18 December - The world's first artificial heart transplant is performed by doctors at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris.
24 December - The national institute for statistics INSEE announces that France has avoided sliding back into recession during the second half of the year. It reports that the economy grew by 0.4% in the final quarter of 2013, after contracting by 0.1% in the third quarter.
30 December - The Constitutional Council rules that a new tax levied on companies paying salaries of more than €1m is lawful.