Jacques Chirac becomes President
Chirac announces that France will resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Boycotts of French products take hold in southern hemisphere but also, more damagingly, in Germany.
Bomb at Saint-Michel Metro kills seven people and injures 80. Slow investigation angers public but suspicion centres on extremist Algerian groups.
France detonates its first test at Muroroa Atoll, provoking worldwide outrage and large-scale riots in Tahiti.
Prime Minister Juppe's draft budget for 1996 fails to impress either in France or abroad. It includes concessions to special interest groups and tax rises but little on Chirac's pledge to reduce unemployment.
September: Running battles between French and German officials over whether the franc will be ready to join European Monetary Union in 1999.
Mr Juppe faces renewed accusations that he fixed low rent flats for his son - and publicly funded renovations for his own appartment - while finance officer for the City of Paris.
France detonates second South Pacific bomb, 10 times larger than the first.
One-day strike by seven unions representing 5 million civil servants, local authority employees hospital staff and other public sector workers to protest against 1996 wage freeze.Reuse content