List of French political scandals
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Until 1958 
- 1816 - shipwreck of and search for French frigate Medusa off the west coast of Africa.
- 1847 - Teste-Cubières corruption scandal, revealed in May 1847
- 1847 - Charles de Choiseul-Praslin's suicide after having murdered his wife, daughter of Horace Sébastiani, Minister of the July Monarchy.
- 1880s - Boulanger Affair
- 1887 - Schnaebele incident
- 1887 - Wilson scandal (fr), which led to the resignation of President Jules Grévy
- 1890s - Panama scandals
- 1894 - the Dreyfus Affair, treason conviction of Alfred Dreyfus - exposed by writer Émile Zola on January 13, 1898.
- 1928 - Marthe Hanau affair
- 1930 - Albert Oustric affair
- 1934 - the Stavisky Affair, embezzlement and political corruption.
- 1949 - the Generals Affair, a political-military scandal during the First Indochina War.
- 1950 - the Henri Martin Affair, a political-military scandal during the First Indochina War.
- 1958 - the ballets roses, a scandal most notably involving then President of the Senate, André Le Troquer, in which a group of girls aged 15 to 17 performed "ballets" that ended in orgies.
Under the Fifth Republic 
- 1965 - the Ben Barka affair, disappearance of the Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka.
- 1968 - The Markovic affair
- 1981 - The Canard enchaîné uncovered the Collaborationist role of former Minister Maurice Papon under Vichy France. The latter will be eventually convicted of crimes against humanity.
- 1985 - Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by the French DGSE intelligence agency
- 1986 - Chernobyl disaster: Jacques Chirac's government wrongly alleged that the "radioactive cloud" had stopped at the French borders.
- 1987-1988 - Iskandar Safa and the Hostage Scandal involving Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and Interior Minister Charles Pasqua.
- 1980s - Contaminated blood scandal
- The Canard enchaîné satirical newspaper fought to bring to light evidence of alleged corruption during President Jacques Chirac's tenure as mayor of Paris. (see: Chirac's role in Parisian corruption scandals)
- 1990s - Angolagate (arms-for-oil scandal)
- 1994 - Yann Piat Affair (a former Front National far-right MP, assassinated on February 25, 1994)
- 1998 - Affair Elf-Dumas
- 1999 - "Affair of the beach huts", leading to the arrest of prefect Bernard Bonnet
See also 
- Balladur jurisprudence, concerning ministers indicted by the justice
- Le Canard Enchaîné, an investigative satirical newspaper which uncovered many scandals
- Outreau affair, a judicial scandal
- Peter N. Stearns, William Leonard Langer (2001). The Encyclopedia of World History. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 494. ISBN 0-395-65237-5.
- "Timeline: France's Clearstream scandal". BBC News. Retrieved 6 February 2013.