1917 in France
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This is a list of events from 1917 in France.
- President: Raymond Poincaré
- President of the Council of Ministers:
- 9 April - Battle of Arras, a British offensive, begins.
- 16 April - Second Battle of the Aisne begins, the main action of the French Nivelle Offensive.
- 29 April - Architect of the Second Battle of the Aisne and the French Commander-in-Chief, General Robert Nivelle, is sacked.
- 9 May - Second Battle of the Aisne ends in failure, leading to desertions.
- 27 May - French Army desertions turned to mutiny as up to 30,000 soldiers left the front line and reserve trenches and returned to the rear
- 16 May - Battle of Arras ends.
- 8 June - French military authorities took action with mass arrests, followed by mass trials.
- 15 August - Anglo-Canadian offensive, Battle of Hill 70 starts on the outskirts of Lens in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.
- 25 August - Battle of Hill 70 ends.
- 15 November - Georges Clemenceau becomes prime minister of France.
- 20 November, British campaign, Battle of Cambrai begins. First successful use of tanks in a combined arms operation.
- 6 December - Battle of Cambrai ends.
January to June
- 3 January - Pierre Dervaux, operatic conductor and composer (died 1992)
- 24 January - Marcel Hansenne, middle distance runner (died 2002)
- 11 February - Bernard Destremau, tennis player (died 2002)
- 16 April - Lucienne Delyle, singer (died 1962)
- 22 April - Yvette Chauviré, prima ballerina assoluta (died 2016)
- 25 April - Jean Lucas, motor racing driver (died 2003)
- 29 May - Élie de Rothschild, banker (died 2007)
- 31 May - Jean Rouch, filmmaker and anthropologist (died 2004)
July to December
- 14 June - Gilbert Prouteau, poet
- 18 July - Henri Salvador, singer (died 2008)
- 25 July - Philippe De Lacy, actor (died 1995)
- 27 July - Bourvil, actor and singer (died 1970)
- 15 August - Philippe Viannay, journalist (died 1986)
- 17 August - Paul Tessier, surgeon (died 2008)
- 24 September - Jean Hermil, Roman Catholic bishop of Viviers (died 2006)
- 20 October - Jean-Pierre Melville, filmmaker (died 1973)
- 22 October - Annette Laming-Emperaire, archeologist (died 1977)
- 30 October - Maurice Trintignant, motor racing driver (died 2005)
- 5 November - Jacqueline Auriol, aviator who set several world speed records (died 2000)
- 11 November - Madeleine Damerment, World War II heroine (executed) (died 1944)
- 19 November - Philippe Ragueneau, journalist and writer (died 2003)
- 22 November - Jean-Étienne Marie, composer (died 1989)
Full date unknown
- Philippe Charbonneaux, industrial designer (died 1998)
- Maurice Lauré, creator of taxe sur la valeur ajoutée (TVA) (died 2001)
January to June
- 4 January - Auguste Chauveau, professor and veterinarian (born 1827)
- 20 January - Amédée Bollée (Amédée père), bell-founder (born 1844)
- 16 February - Octave Mirbeau, journalist, art critic, pamphleteer, novelist and playwright (born 1848)
- 17 February - Carolus-Duran, painter (born 1837)
- 23 February - Jean Gaston Darboux, mathematician (born 1842)
- 26 February - Joseph Jules Dejerine, neurologist (born 1849)
- 16 March — Friedrich Manschott, German World War I flying ace (born 1893)
- 6 April — Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Prince of Prussia (born 1893)
- 10 April - Louis Édouard Fournier, painter (born 1857)
- 10 May - Louis Théophile Joseph Landouzy, neurologist (born 1845)
- 25 May - René Dorme, World War I fighter ace (born 1894; killed in action)
- 30 June - Antonio de La Gandara, painter and draughtsman (born 1861)
July to December
- 8 September - Charles-Edouard Lefebvre, composer (born 1843)
- 20 September - Émile Boirac, philosopher (born 1851)
- 27 September - Edgar Degas, artist (born 1834)
- 3 November - Léon Bloy, novelist, essayist, pamphleteer and poet (born 1846)
- 5 November - Henri Amédée de Broglie, nobleman (born 1849)
- 15 November - Émile Durkheim, sociologist (born 1858)
- 17 November - Auguste Rodin, sculptor (born 1840)
- 20 December - Lucien Petit-Breton, cyclist, winner of 1907 and 1908 Tour de France (born 1882)