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]

  • 2005 – 2005 French riots, a series of riots that occurred in the suburbs of Paris and other French cities involving the burning of cars and public buildings at night.
  • 2006 – 2006 youth protests in France, riots resulting from opposition to a measure set to deregulate labour in France.
  • 2007 – 2007 Villiers-le-Bel riots, riots in the Val-d'Oise department that began following the deaths of two teenagers whose motorcycle collided with a police vehicle.
  • 2007–09 – 2007–09 university protests in France, protest movements resulting from several reform projects under Minister for Higher Education and Research Valérie Pécresse.
  • 2009 – 2009 French riots, a series of riots that occurred on Bastille Day (14 July) in the commune of Montreuil, an eastern suburb area of Paris.
  • 2013 – 2013 Trappes riots, riots that broke out after police arrested a man who assaulted a police officer who tried to check the identity of his wife wearing a Muslim veil
  • 2014 – 2014 Sarcelles riots, a pro-Palestinian protest against the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza degenerated into an antisemitic riot in Sarcelles, France.
  • 2016 - 2016 French taxi driver strike, a strike by taxi drivers in several major cities against ride-sharing applications, such as Uber, included many road blockades, fires, overturned vehicles, and the blockade of roads leading to the two major airports in Paris.[1]
  • 2016 - Nuit debout, protests that grew out of opposition to proposed labor reforms.
  • 2017 - Protests started following accusations a police officer anally raped a young black man with a baton.[2] Anti-police protests continued well into March 2017 when migrants were met with resistance from Paris residents.
  • 2017 - During May Day protests in Paris, a group of about 150[3] hooded demonstrators disrupted the march, throwing "Molotov cocktails, firebombs and other objects at the police near Place de la Bastille."[4] These "violent protesters, who did not carry any union or election paraphernalia, appeared to be from the same fringe groups that have targeted anti-government protests in the past."[4] Riot police responded with batons and tear gas.[4] Six police officers were injured, two of them seriously, by petrol bombs.[5]

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