List of incidents of civil unrest in France

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This is a list of incidents of civil unrest in France. Civil unrest can include, rioting, strikes, violent labor disputes, or minor insurrections.

13th century[edit]

16th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

  • 1775 – Flour War, a wave of riots in April to May 1775, that followed an increase in grain and bread prices, because police withheld grain from the royal stores in addition to poor harvests.
  • 1789–99 – French Revolution, a revolution that overthrew the monarchy, established a republic, experienced violent periods of political turmoil, and finally culminated in a dictatorship by Napoleon that forcibly brought many of its ideals to Western Europe

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

  • 1910–11 – Champagne Riots, resulted from a series of problems faced by grape growers in the Champagne area of France.
  • 1921 – Violence that broke out at the premiere of the play The Gas Heart.
  • 1926 – Bloody Sunday, political clashes that occurred in Colmar, Alsace on August 22, 1926.
  • 1947 – 1947 strikes in France, a series of insurrectional strikes
  • 1968 – May 1968 events in France, a volatile period of civil unrest that was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France.
  • 1981 – Rodéo (riot), riots that consisted of stealing cars, driving them in tight circles, and ultimately burning them

21st century[edit]

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