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2002 in France

Summary
Events from the year 2002 in France. Incumbents
  • President: Jacques Chirac
  • Prime Minister: Lionel Jospin (until 7 May), Jean-Pierre Raffarin (starting 7 May)
Events *1 January – the Euro replaces the French franc as France's currency. *6 March – France agrees to return the remains of Saartjie Baartman to South Africa. *21 April – first round of the presidential election: Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie le Pen poll the most votes. Two weeks of demonstrations against the National Front follow. *5 May – second round of the presidential election. Jacques Chirac returns for a second term as President of the French Republic. *6 May – nomination of Jean-Pierre Raffarin for the post of Prime Minister. *9 June – first round of the legislative elections *16 June – second round of legislative elections. *14 July – During Bastille Day celebrations, Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed. *November – Citroën launches a revised model of its popular Berlingo
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