1974 in France
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Events from the year 1974 in France.
- Prime Minister: Pierre Messmer (until 27 May), Jacques Chirac (starting 27 May)
- 1 March - Pierre Messmer finishes his first term as Prime Minister of France.
- 3 March - Turkish Airlines Flight 981 McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes just outside Senlis killing all 346 on board.
- 8 March - Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris.
- 2 April - President Georges Pompidou dies in office. Senate President Alain Poher becomes Acting President for the second time.
- 7 August - French acrobat Philippe Petit walks across a high wire slung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
- 28 August - The Citroen CX, top model in the Citroen range, is launched - succeeding the 19-year-old DS. It is voted European Car of the Year.
- 12 September - The crew of the SS France (1961) take over the ship off Le Havre in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent her withdrawal; she never sails under the French flag again.
- 9 December - The Paris summit, reuniting the European communities' heads of state and government, commences.
January to March
- 6 January - Romain Sardou, novelist.
- 13 January - Thierry Debès, soccer player.
- 16 January - Frédéric Dindeleux, soccer player.
- 20 January - Florian Maurice, soccer player.
- 21 January - Ulrich Le Pen, soccer player.
- 23 January - Bernard Diomède, soccer player.
- 3 February - Florian Rousseau, cyclist and Olympic gold medallist.
- 6 February - Sébastien Delagrange, golfer.
- 8 February - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, musician.
- 10 February - Lionel Potillon, soccer player.
- 11 February - Sébastien Hinault, cyclist.
- 17 February - Frédéric Bolley, twice motocross world champion.
- 20 February - Ophélie Winter, singer and actress.
- 23 February - Stéphane Bernadis, figure skater.
- 26 February - Sébastien Loeb, rally driver and three time World Champion.
- 17 March - Franck Bouyer, cyclist.
- 21 March - Sébastien Gimenez, soccer player.
- 31 March - Patrick Regnault, soccer player.
April to June
- 1 April - Cyril Raffaelli, traceur, martial artist and stuntman.
- 7 April - Julien Boutter, tennis player.
- 11 April - Franck Rénier, cyclist.
- 18 April - Olivier Besancenot, politician.
- 29 April - Pascal Cygan, soccer player.
- 8 May - Raphaël Jacquelin, golfer.
- 9 May - Benoît Salmon, cyclist.
- 10 May - Sylvain Wiltord, international soccer player.
- 14 May - Pierre-Yves André, soccer player.
- 24 May - Florence Baverel-Robert, biathlete.
- 28 May - Romain Duris, actor.
- 1 June - Jérôme Vareille, soccer player.
- 10 June - Christophe Bassons, cyclist.
- 13 June
July to September
- 7 July - Doc Gynéco, hip hop artist.
- 9 July - Foulques, duc d'Aumale, comte d'Eu, Prince de France.
- 10 July - Nassim Akrour, soccer player.
- 13 July - Ronan Le Crom, soccer player.
- 21 July - Frédéric Biancalani, soccer player.
- 4 August
- 5 August - Antoine Sibierski, soccer player.
- 7 August - Yohann Bernard, swimmer.
- 9 August - Raphaël Poirée, biathlete.
- 11 August - Audrey Mestre, free-diver (died 2002).
- 26 August - Sébastien Bruno, rugby union player.
- 3 September - Didier André, motor racing driver.
- 4 September - Jean-Pierre Simb, soccer player.
- 12 September - Caroline Aigle, first woman fighter pilot in the French Air Force (died 2007).
- 16 September - Frédéric Da Rocha, soccer player.
- 25 September - Olivier Dacourt, soccer player.
- 28 September - Frédéric Danjou, soccer player.
- September - Justine Lévy, author.
October to December
- 7 October - Hervé Alicarte, soccer player.
- 19 October - Laurent Brancowitz, guitarist.
- 21 October - Olivier Azam, rugby union player.
- 1 November - Renan Lavigne, squash player.
- 4 November - Jérôme Leroy, soccer player.
- 11 November - Bettina Goislard, United Nations worker (died 2003).
- 20 November - Alain Andji, pole vaulter.
- 27 November - Yann Le Pennec, slalom canoer.
- 28 November - Pascal Bedrossian, soccer player.
- 29 November - Cyril Dessel, cyclist.
- 30 November - Arnaud Vincent, motorcycle road racer.
- 6 December
- 9 December - Emmanuel Thibault, dancer.
- 11 December - Julien Robert, biathlete.
- 13 December - Richard Dourthe, rugby union player.
- 17 December - Yannick Fischer, soccer player.
- 22 December - Éric Despezelle, judoka.
Full date unknown
- Amelie Chabannes, painter and sculptor.
January to June
- 21 January - Arnaud Denjoy, mathematician (born 1884).
- 30 January - Fernand Arnout, weightlifter and Olympic medallist (born 1899).
- 13 March - Henri Pequet, pilot, flew first official airmail flight in 1911 (born 1888).
- 28 March - Françoise Rosay, actress (born 1891).
- 2 April - Georges Pompidou, President of France (born 1911).
- 9 April - Pierre Petiteau, rugby union player (born 1899).
- 18 April - Marcel Pagnol, novelist, playwright, and filmmaker (born 1895).
- 20 May - Jean Daniélou, theologian and historian (born 1905).
- 25 May - Robert Levasseur, rugby union player (born 1898).
- 12 June - André Marie, politician and Prime Minister of France (born 1897).
- 19 June - Jean Wahl, philosopher (born 1888).
- 22 June
July to December
- 9 July - Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, writer and artist (born 1884).
- August - André Edouard Marty, artist (born 1882).
- 4 September - Marcel Achard, playwright, screenwriter and author (born 1899).
- 17 September - André Dunoyer de Segonzac, painter and graphic artist (born 1884).
- 17 October - Jean Vaysse, rugby union player (born 1900).
- 22 November - Gilbert Degrémont, water treatment expert (born 1908).
- 20 December - André Jolivet, composer (born 1905).
- 21 December - Félix Amiot, aircraft constructor (born 1894).
- 26 December - Armand Marcelle, rower and Olympic medallist (born 1905).
Full date unknown
- Michel Alaux, fencing master and Olympic gold medallist (born 1924).
- Émilie Charmy, artist (born 1878).
- Roger Giroux, poet (born 1925).
- René de Possel, mathematician (born 1905).