1956 in France
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History of France • Timeline • Years
Events from the year 1956 in France.
- President: Rene Coty
- President of the Council of Ministers: Edgar Faure (until 1 February), Guy Mollet (starting 1 February)
- 2 January - Legislative Election held.
- 1 February - Socialist leader Guy Mollet becomes prime minister
- 2 March - Morocco declares its independence from France.
- 20 March - Tunisia gains independence from France.
- 23 May - Minister Pierre Mendès-France resigns due to his government's policy on Algeria.
- 23 June - Loi Cadre passed by the French National Assembly, first step in the creation of the French Union.
- 10 September - Guy Mollet visits London and proposes a merger of France and the United Kingdom. However the idea is rejected by British Prime Minister Anthony Eden.
- 28 September - Eden considers allowing France to join the Commonwealth of Nations, but this idea is also rejected.
- 31 October - Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
- 6 November - British and French forces seize control of two Egyptian ports before declaring a ceasefire.
- 7 November - Suez Crisis: The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Arab lands immediately.
- 23 December - British and French troops leave Suez Canal. region.
- The Tefal cookware firm is established.
Arts and literatures
- Two attacks are made on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
- 28 November - Roger Vadim's film And God Created Woman (Et Dieu… créa la femme), starring Brigitte Bardot, is released.
- 3 December - Writing under the pseudonym of Emile Ajar, author Romain Gary becomes the only person ever to win the Prix Goncourt twice, this time for Les Racines du ciel.
- 1 January - Christine Lagarde, politician
- 11 February - Didier Lockwood, jazz violinist
- 26 February - Michel Houellebecq, novelist
- 28 May - Francis Joyon, yachtsman
- 4 July - Éric Neuhoff, novelist and journalist
- 9 December - Jean-Pierre Thiollet journalist
- 5 January - Mistinguett, singer (born 1875)
- 3 February - Émile Borel, mathematician and politician (born 1871)
- 18 February - Gustave Charpentier, composer (born 1860)
- 17 March - Irène Joliot-Curie, scientist, shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 (born 1897)
- 20 May - Pierre Allemane, international soccer player (born 1882)
- 11 September - Lucien Febvre, social historian (born 1878)
- 26 October - Walter Gieseking, pianist and composer (born 1895)
- 23 November - André Marty, leading figure in the French Communist Party (born 1886)
- France and UK considered 1950s 'merger', The Guardian
- Allied forces take control of Suez
- Jubilation as allied troops leave Suez
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