1840 in France
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History of France • Timeline • Years
Events from the year 1840 in France.
- 20 January - Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica.
- 1 March - Adolphe Thiers becomes prime minister.
- 30 September - The frigate Belle Poule arrives in Cherbourg, returning the remains of Napoleon from Saint Helena. He is buried in Les Invalides.
- Metric system again mandatory across France.
Arts and literature
- 2 April - Émile Zola, writer (died 1902)
- 22 April - Odilon Redon, painter and printmaker (died 1916)
- 13 May - Alphonse Daudet, novelist (died 1897)
- 20 October - Désiré-Magloire Bourneville, neurologist (died 1909)
- 12 November - Auguste Rodin, sculptor (died 1917)
- 14 November - Claude Monet, painter (died 1926)
Full date unknown
- 13 February - Nicolas Joseph Maison, Marshal of France and Minister of War (born 1770)
- 22 March - Étienne Bobillier, mathematician (born 1798)
- 25 April - Siméon Denis Poisson, mathematician and physicist (born 1781)
- 7 June - Népomucène Lemercier, poet and dramatist (born 1771)
- 20 June - Pierre-Joseph Redouté, painter and botanist (born 1759)
- 7 September - Étienne-Jacques-Joseph-Alexandre MacDonald, Marshal of France (born 1765)