2012 in France
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Events from the year 2012 in France:
- President: Nicolas Sarkozy (until 16 May), François Hollande (starting 16 May)
- Prime Minister: François Fillon (until 16 May), Jean-Marc Ayrault (starting 16 May)
- 11 January - French journalist Gilles Jacquier is killed in Homs, Syria after coming under fire whilst reporting the Syrian uprising for France 2. He is the first Western casualty of the conflict.
- 13 January - Standard & Poor's downgrades France's credit rating from AAA to AA+.
- 23 January - The Senate passes a bill criminalising the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
- 22 February - The term 'mademoiselle' is removed from official documents following a campaign by feminist organisations.
- 28 February - The Constitutional Council rules that the bill criminalising denial of the Armenian genocide infringes on freedom of speech, and is therefore unconstitutional. In response, Nicolas Sarkozy orders a redraft of the bill.
- April 22 - François Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy are selected as second round competitors in the French presidential election, 2012.
- May 6 - François Hollande is elected as the new president of France.
- May 15 - François Hollande is sworn in as president of France; he will serve only one term.
Arts and literature
Main article: 2012 in French music
Main article: 2012 in French television
- 18–20 May - 2012 French motorcycle Grand Prix won by Jorge Lorenzo
- 27 May-11 June - 2012 French Open ("Roland Garros")
- 4–7 October - 2012 Rallye de France won by Sébastien Loeb
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- 14 February – Henri-Germain Delauze, 82, engineer and diver, founder of COMEX
- 15 February – Jacques Duby, 89, actor
- 22 February – Rémi Ochlik, 28, photographer
- 25 February – Maurice André, 78, trumpeter (born 1933)
- 28 March – Eduard Steinberg, 76, painter (born 1937)
- 29 July – Chris Marker, 91, artist (born 1921)
- Samuel, Henry (11 January 2012). "Syria: French journalist killed in Homs". The Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "France loses AAA rating as euro governments downgraded". BBC News. BBC. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Willsher, Kim (23 January 2012). "Armenian genocide denial to be banned in France as senators approve new law". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Sayare, Scott (22 February 2012). "'Mademoiselle' Exits Official France". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "French genocide law 'unconstitutional' rules court". France24. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Décret n° 2012-875 du 16 juillet 2012 portant création d'une commission de rénovation et de déontologie de la vie publique" [Decree No. 2012-875 of 16 July 2012 establishing a commission renewal and ethics in public life] (in French). LegiFrance. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
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