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The area of what later became known as France was, according to Q, the place where all life on Earth began, approximately 3.5 billion years ago. In an alternate timeline, Q brought Captain Picard back to the region to observe how he had destroyed humanity. (TNG novelization: All Good Things...)
The region was known as Gaul when it was conquered by Julius Caesar of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BCE. (DS9 comic: "No Time Like the Present") This military victory was admired, in an alternate timeline, by Claude Picard. (TNG comic: "The Gift")
After the fall of the Roman Empire and the arrival and assimilation of numerous Germanic tribes across Europe, a tribe known as the Franks assumed control of the region. Eventually, it became known by its modern name, with the inhabitants of France known as the French, speaking a Latin-descended language of the same name. (TNG episode: "Code of Honor")
In a very turbulent period, France suffered a revolution, when the guillotine became notorious. It was then taken over by Napoléon Bonaparte. A famous French diplomat of the time was Talleyrand. (TNG comic: "A Matter of Dates")
In the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, France had a share of scientific discoveries. For example, numerous elements were discovered or created there, namely: Chromium in 1797; Iridium (with England) in 1804; Iodine in 1811; Bromine in 1826; Gallium in 1875; Samarium in 1879; Fluorine in 1886; Dysprosium in 1886; Polonium in 1898; Radium in 1898; Actinium in 1899; Europium in 1901; Lutetium in 1907; Francium in 1939. (TOS reference: Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual)During World War II, France was occupied by Nazi Germany. In 2371, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Rose Garden had flowers whose originators had been smuggled out of France before the German invasion. (DS9 novelization: The Search)
In 1995, France was blamed for resuming nuclear testing of atomic bombs, which drew the condemnation of other international states. The reports were actually a cover-story concocted by Gary Seven to cover the nuclear explosion on Chrysalis Island. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)
By the 2020s, a government that was based on the ideals of Leon Trotsky came to power in France. In 2024, France was suffering from the effects of student protests. Two guests at a party held by Chris Brynner cancelled a trip to the Alps because of the trouble. (DS9 episode: "Past Tense, Part II")
With the foundation of the United Federation of Planets in 2161, the Federation soon established Paris as its capital. Because of its position at the "heart of the Federation", many Federation and Starfleet facilities were stationed in France, including a Starfleet Academy flight training base in Marseille (VOY episode: "The Cloud"). The Palais was built in Paris on the site of the Place de la Concorde in the late 22nd century. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation; TOS novel: Swordhunt)
- La Barre
Citizens of FranceEdit
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
- Napoleon Bonaparte
- Marie Curie
- Alexander Dumas
- Victor Hugo
- Jean-Luc Picard
- France article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- France article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.