1896 in France

Events from the year 1896 in France.

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See also:Other events of 1896
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  • 30 September – Italy and France sign a treaty whereby Italy virtually recognizes Tunisia as a French dependency.[4]
  • France establishes an administrative post at Abengourou, Ivory Coast.

Arts and literatureEdit

  • 11 February – English writer Oscar Wilde's play Salomé (1891) is premièred (while Wilde is in prison), in its original French by Lugné-Poe's Théâtre de l'Œuvre company in Paris, perhaps at the Comédie-Parisienne.[5][6]
  • 28 September – Pathé Frères, one of the oldest film companies, is founded by the brothers Charles, Théophile, Émile and Jacques Pathé.
  • 10 December – Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi (first published this Spring in Le Livre d'art) is premièred by the Théâtre de l'Œuvre in Paris. The opening word, "Merdre!", triggers disturbances and the play is not performed again in the author's lifetime.
  • At Giverny Claude Monet begins painting his Mornings on the Seine series, which will continue through 1897.


  • Racing Club de Lyon, a football club predecessor to Olympique Lyonnais, is officially founded.


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  1. ^ "Felix Faure (1895-1899)". www.elysee.fr (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ "Léon Bourgeois | French politician and statesman". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Félix-Jules Méline | premier of France". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ Iiams, Thomas M. (1962). Dreyfus, Diplomatists and the Dual Alliance: Gabriel Hanotaux at the Quai D'Orsay (1894–1898), Geneva; Paris: Librairie Droz/Librairie Minard. p. 115.
  5. ^ Raby, Peter (2008). "Introduction". The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays. Worlds Classics. Oxford University Press. p. xiii.
  6. ^ Bristow, Joseph (2009). Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. pp. 96, 106, 193. ISBN 978-0-8214-1837-6.
  7. ^ "André Masson". www.guggenheim.org. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. ^ "André Breton Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works". The Art Story. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  9. ^ Rise, Svein (2016). Key Theological Thinkers: From Modern to Postmodern. Routledge. p. 201. ISBN 9781317109273.
  10. ^ "Jean Wiéner (1896-1982) - Author - Resources from the BnF". data.bnf.fr. Retrieved 25 September 2018.