List of massacres in France

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The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in France (numbers may be approximate):

Name Date Location Deaths Notes
Massacre at Béziers August 1209 Béziers 15,000+ First major military action of the Albigensian Crusade
Massacre of Vassy 1 March 1562 Wassy 80 murder of Huguenots by forces of the Duc de Guise
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre 24 August 1572 Paris 5,000–30,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were massacred
September Massacres September 1792 Paris 1,500 Multiple massacres with varying death tolls during French Revolution
Drownings at Nantes November 1793 / February 1794 Nantes 4,800 Multiple massacres by drownings by revolutionaries
Suppression of the Paris Commune May 1871 Paris 6,000–20,000 Prisoners shot by the army of the Versailles government
Hostage shooting during the Paris Commune 24 May 1871 Paris 6 Six hostages, including Archbishop Georges Darboy shot by members of the National Guard of the Paris Commune.
Fusillade de Fourmies 1 May 1891 Fourmies 9 (+35 injured) French troops shot at peaceful strikers during the International Workers' Day
6 February 1934 crisis 6 February 1934 Place de la Concorde, Paris 16 (+2000 injured) French police shot at far-right demonstrators, mostly members of Action Française
Abbeville massacre 20 May 1940 Abbeville 22 French soldiers shot a number of Flemish nationalists and members of the Belgian Communist Party as the German army cut off the area during the Battle of France
Le Paradis massacre 27 May 1940 Le Paradis village, commune of Lestrem, Northern France 97 (+2 injured) shooting of British POWs by German troops (SS Totenkopf)
Wormhoudt massacre 28 May 1940 Wormhoudt 80 (+15 injured) shooting of British and French POWs by German troops (SS Adolf Hitler)
Ascq massacre 1 April 1944 Ascq, France 86 murder of French civilians by German troops (SS HitlerJugend)
Tulle massacre 9 June 1944 Tulle, Corrèze 120 killed, 149 deported murder and deportation to Dachau of French civilians by German troops (SS Das Reich)
Oradour-sur-Glane massacre 10 June 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane 642 murder of French civilians by German troops (SS Das Reich)
Maillé massacre 25 August 1944 Maillé, Indre-et-Loire 124 murder of French civilians by German troops (SS Gotz von Berlichingen)
Paris massacre of 1961 17 October 1961 Paris 40 (government sources) ~200 (opposition sources) Algerian demonstrators killed by French police
The Charonne Metro Station Massacre 8 February 1962 Charonne 9 CGT Trade union members and communists killed by French police
Ille-et-Vilaine massacre 19 June 1985 Ille-et-Vilaine 7 spree killing
Luxiol massacre 12 July 1989 Luxiol 14 spree killing, 3 family members and random inhabitants
Cuers massacre 24 September 1995 Cuers 16 spree killing, 3 family members and random inhabitants, perpetrator committed suicide.
Nanterre massacre 27 March 2002 Nanterre 9 (+19 injured) spree killing, perpetrator committed suicide.
2012 Midi-Pyrénées massacre 19 March 2012 Midi-Pyrénées region 7 (+5 injured) A French Muslim extremist man attacks a Jewish school, he murders 3 young children and a rabbi at the school, and also kills 3 French soldiers.
2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre 7 January 2015 Paris 12 (+11 injured) Two French Muslim extremist brothers attack an office, they murder 11 at the office and kill a French police officer on the street.
2015 Porte de Vincennes massacre 9 January 2015 Paris 5 (+11 injured) A French Muslim extremist man attacks a Jewish supermarket and murders 4, a French policewoman is also killed on the street the previous day.
November 2015 Paris attacks 13 November 2015 Paris 130 (+368 injured) Eight Muslim extremist men of ISIL perform coordinated attacks upon the French public at various locations in Paris using assault rifles and explosives; [1]
2016 Nice attack 14 July 2016 Nice 84 (+308 injured) A Tunisian/French Muslim man attacks the French public celebrating Bastille Day, he drives a 19 tonne cargo truck through the public on the street thereby killing indiscriminately.


  1. "Paris attacks death toll rises to 130". RTE News. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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