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Rulers of France - French Kings, Emperors and Presidents
Carolingian Dynasty (843 to 987)
  • Charles the Bald 843 - 877
  • Louis II 877 - 879
  • Louis III 879 - 882
  • Carloman 879 - 884
  • Charles the Fat 884 - 887
  • Odo 888 - 898
  • Charles the Simple 898 - 922
  • Robert I 922 - 923
  • Rudolph 923 - 936
  • Louis IV 936 - 954
  • Lothair 954 - 986
  • Louis V 986 - 987
Capetian Dynasty (987 to 1328)
  • Hugh Capet 987 - October 24, 996
  • Robert II October 24, 996 - July 20, 1031
  • Henry I July 20, 1031 - August 4, 1060
  • Philip I August 4, 1060 - July 29, 1108
  • Louis VI July 29, 1108 - August 1, 1137
  • Louis VII August 1, 1137 - September 18, 1180
  • Philip II September 18, 1180 - July 14, 1223
  • Louis VIII July 14, 1223 - November 8, 1226
  • Louis IX November 8, 1226 - August 25, 1270
  • Philip III August 25, 1270 - October 5, 1285
  • Philip IV October 5, 1285 - November 29, 1314
  • Louis X November 29, 1314 - June 5, 1316
  • John I November 15, 1316 - November 20, 1316
  • Philip V November 20, 1316 - January 3, 1322
  • Charles IV January 3, 1322 - February 1, 1328
Capetian Dynasty, House of Valois (1328-1589)
  • Philip VI February 1, 1328 - August 22, 1350
  • John II August 22, 1350 - April 8, 1364
  • Charles V April 8, 1364 - September 16, 1380
  • Charles VI September 16, 1380 - October 21, 1422
  • Charles VII October 21, 1422 - July 22, 1461
  • Louis XI July 22, 1461 - August 30, 1483
  • Charles VIII August 30, 1483 - April 7, 1498
Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Orléans Branch (1498-1515)
  • Louis XII April 7, 1498 - January 1, 1515
Capetian Dynasty, Valois-Angoulême Branch (1515-1589)
  • Francis I January 1, 1515 - July 31, 1547
  • Henry II July 31, 1547 - July 10, 1559
  • Francis II July 10, 1559 - December 5, 1560
  • Charles IX December 5, 1560 - May 30, 1574
  • Henry III May 30, 1574 - August 2, 1589
Capetian Dynasty, House of Bourbon (1589-1792)
  • Henry IV August 2, 1589 - May 14, 1610
  • Louis XIII May 14, 1610 - May 14, 1643
  • Louis XIV May 14, 1643 - September 1, 1715
  • Louis XV September 1, 1715 - May 10, 1774
  • Louis XVI May 10, 1774 - August 10, 1792
First Republic (1792-1804)
Bonaparte Dynasty - First Empire (1804-1814)
  • Napoleon I May 18, 1804 - April 11, 1814 (and then again from March 20 to June 22, 1815)
  • Napoleon II June 22, 1815 - July 7, 1815
Bourbon Dynasty, Restored (1814-1830)
  • Louis XVIII May 2, 1814 - September 16, 1824 (except between March 13 and July 7, 1815)
  • Charles X September 16, 1824 - August 2, 1830
Bourbon-Orléans, The Monarchy of July (1830-1848)
  • Louis-Philippe, The Citizen King August 9, 1830 - February 24, 1848
Second French Republic (1848 - 1852)
Bonaparte Dynasty, Restored Second Empire (1852-1870)
  • Napoleon III, Emperor (previously president of France from 1849 - 1852 December 2, 1852 - September 4, 1870
Presidents of France
  • Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, 1848-1852 (proclaimed himself Emperor in 1852, ruled until 1870 when republican rule was restored.)
Interim President
  • Louis Jules Trochu, 1870-1871
Third Republic
  • Adolphe Thiers, 1871-1873 (Thiers became president before the adoption of the Constitution of 1875 so his constitutional position was different from that of later presidents.)
  • Patrice Mac-Mahon, duc de Magenta, 1873-1879
  • Jules Grévy, 1879-1887
  • Marie François Sadi Carnot, 1887-1894
  • Jean Casimir-Périer, 1894-1895
  • Félix Faure, 1895-1899
  • Émile Loubet, 1899-1906
  • Armand Fallières, 1906-1913
  • Raymond Poincaré, 1913-1920
  • Paul Deschanel, February 18, 1920 - September 21, 1920
  • Alexandre Millerand, 1920-1924
  • Gaston Doumergue, 1924-1931
  • Paul Doumer, 1931-1932
  • Albert Lebrun, 1932-1940
Vichy France
  • Henri Philippe Pétain, 1940-1944 ("Head of State", not President)
Free France
  • Charles de Gaulle, 1940-1944 ("Head of the Free French", not President)
Provisional Government of the Republic ("Chairman of the Provisional Government", not President)
  • Charles de Gaulle, 1944-1946
  • Félix Gouin, 1946
  • Georges Bidault, 1946
  • Léon Blum, 1946-1947
Fourth Republic
  • Vincent Auriol, 1947-1954
  • René Coty, 1954-1959
Fifth Republic
  • Charles de Gaulle, 1959-1969
  • Georges Pompidou, 1969-1974
  • Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 1974-1981
  • François Mitterrand, 1981-1995
  • Jacques Chirac, from 1995

Contributed by Gifford, Katya
11 April 2006

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