France was a country on Earth, located in the Western European continent. (TOS: "The Cage") It was comprised of a metropolitan territory with Paris as its capital city. It extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. France's flag was three vertical bands of blue, white, and red. (TNG: "The Last Outpost"; ENT: "First Flight")
- Avignon (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II"; VOY: "Concerning Flight")
- Epernay (Star Trek Generations)
- La Barre (TNG: "Family")
- Sainte Claire (VOY: "The Killing Game")
- Café des Artistes (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")
- Avenue des Champs-Élysées (TNG: "Imaginary Friend"; Star Trek: First Contact)
- Eiffel Tower (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris"; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")
- Hippodrome de Longchamp (Bois de Boulogne) (TNG: "The Emissary")
- Louis Pasteur's house (DS9: "Distant Voices")
- Federation President's office (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost")
- The Club Ingénue from the holo-program Julian Bashir, Secret Agent was also located in Paris. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")
- 3.5 billion years ago
- According to Q, the area that would one day be France was the location where life on the planet began. (TNG: "All Good Things...")
- After the collapse of the Roman Empire, France becomes a monarchy. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos", "The Savage Curtain"; TNG: "Hide and Q")
- Development of the French language.
- First use of the franc currency.
- 16th century
- The da Vinci hologram wanted to move to France from Florence, because he thought the Florentines weren't able to grasp his genius and that the king of France would be a better patron. Two prominent French cities Leonardo had interest in were Paris and Avignon. (VOY: "Concerning Flight")
- 17th century
- 1655 - The French mathematician Pierre de Fermat dies, leaving behind a note claiming to have discovered "remarkable proof" for what becomes known as Fermat's last theorem. (TNG: "The Royale"; DS9: "Facets")
- 18th century
- 1705 - The French frigate L'Entreprise is captured by the British Royal Navy and rechristened HMS Enterprize.
- 19th century
- 1804 - General Napoléon Bonaparte, previously French Consul, declares himself the Emperor and Dictator of France, and takes much land from neighboring countries, including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
- 1805 - Battle of Trafalgar : The British Royal Navy, led by Horatio Nelson aboard the HMS Victory, destroy a combined French and Spanish fleet. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds"; Star Trek Generations)
- 1815 - Battle of Waterloo : The Napoléon armies are finally defeated by the British-Russian-Dutch alliance. (VOY: "The Thaw")
- 1822 - Birth of the scientist Louis Pasteur. (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"; DS9: "Distant Voices").
- 1930 - Jean Labeau becomes Foreign Minister on February 9th. The same year, he meets in Paris, the United States of America ambassador. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")
- Subsequent to the Second World War, General Charles de Gaulle inspires the political doctrine known as gaullism. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I")
- Late 20th century - France was an ESA member. The French partnered with the Russian Space Agency for the mission Soyuz T-6. In 2143, the assignment patches for Ariane 1, which bore the flag of this country, and for the joint Soviet-French mission were on display in the 602 Club. (ENT: "First Flight")
- 21st century
- 2024 - Student unrest in France made it an undesirable tourist destination for Earth's elite. In this year, the "Neo-Trotskyists" had recently taken control of the government, after defeating the incumbent "Gaullists". The change in government had little if any impact on stopping the rampant civil unrest. Europe in general was remarked to be "falling apart" at this time. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I")
- A section of New Orleans, originally settled by the French is referred to as the French Quarter. (DS9: "The Visitor")
In Dangerous Ground, Doctor John Rawley spent some of his four years after graduating from Johns Hopkins in this country. During his stay in France, Dr. Rawley studied psychiatry. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")
Background information Edit
France may or may not exist as a separate country in the 23rd or 24th centuries. There is also speculation based on its location and the real world (France was one of the instigators of the European Economic Community in 1957) that it was part of the European Alliance.
While this was not readably seen on screen, the Café des Artistes menu contains the phrase "Cinquant million français n'est pas wrong" (50 million French can't be wrong), possibly hinting at the population of the country in the 24th century. That number would be somewhat less than the current population.
Star Trek in France Edit
Star Trek didn't air on French television until 1982. Only thirteen episodes were broadcast at the time on TF1; twelve weekly from 2 January 1982 to 20 March 1982, with one broadcast on 26 December 1982: "Catspaw", "Assignment: Earth", "The Deadly Years", "The Immunity Syndrome", "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Wink of an Eye", "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Whom Gods Destroy", "The Mark of Gideon", "Errand of Mercy", "The Doomsday Machine", "The Lights of Zetar", and "The Tholian Web". The remaining 66 episodes aired in 1986 on the channel La Cinq.
TOS was the only Star Trek series to air on French terrestrial television. Star Trek: The Next Generation aired on the cable and satellite channel Canal Jimmy in 1996, followed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager in 1998 and Star Trek: Enterprise in 2004.