Summary of the news year 2014

The summary of the events that made the year 2014 is presented here. To see the 2015 news summary, click here.

We will distinguish between French political news, on the one hand, and news on an international scale on the other.

The border is porous between these two major categories, but for the sake of simplicity, we keep this separation by considering the major features of each news item.

Rather than providing a narrative of the year 2014, the aim is to relate what mobilized the attention of the media in France and around the world during the year.

Summary of the French news 2014

january 2014: Dieudonné is the question of massive media attention, fueled by bans on his show and court cases

January 10, 2014: Closer magazine revealed the relationship between President Hollande and actress Julie Gayet

January 24, 2014: François Hollande is received by the Pope at the Holy See

February 27, 2014: the weekly Le Point broke the Bygmalion affair, which implicates the UMP

March 2014: Le Canard enchaîné and Atlántico publish recordings made by Patrick Buisson without Nicolas Sarkozy’s knowledge

March 2014: wiretaps between Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Herzog lead to the Azibert affair

March 23 and 30, 2014: municipal elections in France, favorable to the right

April 2, 2014: new government with Manuel Valls as Prime Minister

April 18, 2014: Aquilino Morelle, political advisor to François Hollande targeted by an investigation, is removed from the government

may 22 to 25, 2014: European elections, marked by a success of the National Front

may 27, 2014: Jean-François Copé must resign from the leadership of the UMP after Lavrilleux (UMP) confessed in the Bygmalion affair

June-October 2014: the frondeurs (PS) make their voice heard against the government’s policy

Valérie Trierweiler
François Hollande announces the “end of his life together”
with Valérie Trierweiler on Saturday, January 25, 2014

July 2, 2014: Nicolas Sarkozy is taken into custody, then indicted in the Azibert case

August 20, 2014: Alain Juppé announced that he is candidate in the race for the 2017 presidential election, and thus the elections within the party UMP first

August 26, 2014: new government, after the criticism launched by Arnaud Montebourg (PS) and Benoît Hamon (PS)

August 27, 2014: “I love business,” says Manuel Valls to the Medef.

September 4, 2014: Valérie Trierweiler, former companion of President Hollande, publishes Merci pour ce moment.

September 4, 2014: Thomas Thévenoud (PS), recently appointed secretary of state, is forced to resign

october1, 2014: election of the president of the Senate, won by Gerard Larcher (UMP)

october1,2014: Eric Zemmour publishes a controversial and successful essay, entitled Le suicide français

October 2014: the Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal suspends the ecotax

October 25 and 26, 2014: demonstration against the Sevens dams, marked by the death of Rémi Fraisse

October-November 2014: François Hollande, in his mid-term, reaches his lowest level of popularity since his election

November 9, 2014: reality TV star Nabilla is indicted, after her partner was stabbed

November – December 2014: resignations at the Elysee: Kader Arif targeted by an investigation, then Faouzi Lamdaoui accused of tax fraud

November 29, 2014: Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of the UMP, for which he had declared himself a candidate in September

December 12, 2014: the magazine closer reported that Florian Phillipot (FN) was gay without his consent

Summary of the international news 2014.

Photo otage Etat islamique
Islamic State shocks the world
by staging the death of its hostages

January 2014–2015: epidemic linked to the Ebola virus

February 2, 2014: Super Bowl XLVIII

February 7 to February 23, 2014:2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

February 9, 2014: the Flappy Bird application, victim of its success, is removed from download platforms

February 10, 2014: the death of the actress Shirley Temple

February 22, 2014: removal of Ukrainian president Yanukovych, replaced by Turchynov

February 26, 2014, to March 28, 2014: crisis in Crimea

March 8, 2014: the Boeing 777 of flight 370 Malaysia Airlines is reported missing: it was carrying 239 people.

April 14 to 15, 2014 (night): kidnapping of Chibok high school girls by Boko Haram, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement.

April 16, 2014: the sinking of a South Korean ferry, the Sewol, causing the death of 300 people.

may 10, 2014: Conchita Wurst, a bearded woman character, wins the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

may 28, 2014: the death of the writer Maya Angelou

June 12 to July 13, 2014:2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, won by Germany

June 16, 2014: Michael Schumacher, out of a coma, leaves the hospital in Grenoble

June 29, 2014: the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant proclaims the caliphate in its Syrian and Iraqi territories

July 17, 2014: a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border

August and September 2014: an international coalition responds against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

August 9, 2014: the death of Michael Brown, an African-American man shot by a police officer in Ferguson, causes major riots in the United States.

August 11, 2014: death of actor Robin Williams

September 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius is acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, but guilty of manslaughter

September 18, 2014: referendum on Scottish independence, which results in a rejection of independence.

November 12, 2014: Philae, launched by the European Space Agency, successfully lands on a comet thanks to the Rosetta probe.

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