Events from the year 1918 in France.
- 21 March - Operation Michael begins in the vicinity of Saint-Quentin, launching Germany's Spring Offensive.
- 23 March - The giant German cannon, the so-called Paris Gun, begins to shell Paris from 114 km (71 mi) away.
- 27 May - The Third Battle of the Aisne begins, an attempt by the Germans to capture the Chemin des Dames Ridge before the arrival of the American Expeditionary Force to support France.
- 1 June - The Battle of Belleau Wood begins, near the Marne River.
- 6 June - Third Battle of the Aisne ends with the German advance halted after initial gains.
- 26 June - Battle of Belleau Wood ends in Allied victory.
- 15 July - The Second Battle of the Marne begins, the last major German offensive on the Western Front.
- 18 July-22 July - The Battle of Soissons is fought between the French (with American assistance) and German armies.
- 5 August - Second Battle of the Marne ends with Allied victory.
- 8 August - Battle of Amiens begins.
- 12 September - British victory in Battle of Havrincourt.
- 12 September-15 September - Battle of Saint-Mihiel, Allied victory.
- 18 September - British victory in the Battle of Épehy.
- 8 October-10 October - The Battle of Cambrai ends in a decisive Allied victory.
- 7 November - The Anglo-French Declaration is signed between France and the United Kingdom, agreeing to implement a "complete and final liberation" of countries that had been part of the Ottoman Empire.
- 11 November - Battle of Amiens ends, when the armistice is signed.
- 6 February - Marcel Mouly, artist (died 2008)
- 25 April - Alain Savary, politician and Minister (died 1988)
- 25 April - Gérard de Vaucouleurs, astronomer (died 1995)
- 26 June - Roger Voisin, trumpeter (died 2008)
- 26 August - Marcel Bleibtreu, Trotskyist activist and theorist (died 2001)
- 14 September - Paul Bonneau, composer (died 1995)
- 30 September - René Rémond, historian and political economist (died 2007)
- 6 October - André Pilette, motor racing driver (died 1993)
- 16 October - Louis Althusser, Marxist philosopher (died 1990)
- 7 November - Paul Aussaresses, general
- 8 December - Gérard Souzay, baritone (died 2004)
- 16 December - Pierre Delanoë, songwriter/lyricist (died 2006)
- 30 December - Lucien Leduc, soccer player and manager (died 2004)
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- Madeleine Giteau, historian (died 2005)
- Gilbert Martineau, author and curator of the French properties on St Helena (died 1995)
- Roger Trézel, bridge player (died 1986)
- 9 January - Charles-Émile Reynaud, science teacher, responsible for the first animated films (born 1844)
- 25 March - Claude Debussy, composer (born 1862)
- 25 August - Henri Chantavoine, writer (born 1850)
- 5 October - Roland Garros, aviator and World War I fighter pilot (born 1888)
- 12 October - Émile Étienne Guimet, industrialist, traveller and connoisseur (born 1836)
- 13 October - Marcel Deprez, electrical engineer (born 1843)
- 9 November - Guillaume Apollinaire, poet, writer and art critic (born 1880)
- 3 December - Étienne Destot, radiologist and anatomist (born 1864)
- 22 December - Philippe Alexandre Jules Künckel d'Herculais, entomologist (born 1843)
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- Thérèse Humbert, fraudster (born 1856)
- ↑ "The Battle of Belleau Wood, 1918". First World War.com. http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/belleau.htm.
- ↑ Michael S. Neiberg. The Second Battle of the Marne, 2008
- ↑ The Second Battle of the Marne, firstworldwar.com, accessed 3 September 2009
- ↑ Terraine, John (1978). To Win A War: 1918 The Year Of Victory. Cassell & Co. ISBN 0-304-35321-3.
- ↑ Zara S. Steiner, The lights that failed: European international history, 1919-1933, Part 720, Oxford history of modern Europe, Oxford University Press, 2005 p. 104, ISBN 0198221142
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