1997 in France
- January 27th: A study gives a report on close to 2 000 works of art plundered by the Nazis during the Second world war in the French museums, which had however hidden their more beautiful pieces.
- April 21st: Dissolution of the National Assembly, which is pronounced by the President of the republic Jacques Chirac in order to anticipate the legislative elections.
- March 25th: Law Thomas creating the Pension funds, remained dead letter, for lack of nonpublication of the decrees on enforcement of a law.
- June 1st: Victoire of the Plural left at the time of the legislative elections anticipated with 319 seats against 257 with the right-hand side. Lionel Jospin becomes Prime Minister.
- June 2nd: Third cohabitation. Beginning of the Government Lionel Jospin (fine the May 6th 2002).
- June 12th: Laurent Fabius is elected president of the National Assembly.
- June 19th: Lionel Jospin announces the closing of the engine Super-Phenix.
- June 25th: Death of the Commander Cousteau.
- July: The return of the left to the capacity involves immediately a mobilization of the associations of unemployed persons for the increase in the social minimums: the offices of the ANPE and the Assedic are occupied during several weeks during July.
- August 4th: Died of Jeanne Calm with old 122 years.
- August 19th - August 24th: Travel of Jean-Paul II in France, at the time of the World Journées of Youth.
- August 29th: Last emission of the Club Dorothée
- August 31st: Died of Lady Di.
- October 8th: Opening to Bordeaux of the lawsuit of Maurice Papon.
- November 8th: Suspension of the Conscription in France, for all the young people born after 1979: it is replaced by the JAPD, Journée of Call of Preparation with Defense
- 21 with the November 23rd: The Congrès of Brest confirms François Holland with the head of the PS.
- December 11th: The Mouvement of the unemployed starts again with Marseilles with the claim of a premium of Christmas of 3 000 francs for all the unemployed. They occupents of the buildings of the Assedic in all the France of December 1997 to January 1998.
Marketing of DVD, numerical videodisk destined for replaces the format VHS analogical video tape recorders.
- Fusion of the Lyons of Water and the Company of Suez.
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