- 1840s • Liverpool, England
The British Mission began sending missionaries to preach to English-speaking people in France.
- August 14, 1848 • Liverpool
William Howells, a Welsh convert, was called to preach the gospel in France during a conference of the British Mission.
- July 30, 1849 • Le Havre, France
Augustus Saint d’Anna, the first known convert to the Church in France, was baptized.
- April 6, 1850 • Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
William Howells organized the first branch of the Church in France at Boulogne-sur-Mer.
- June 18, 1850 • Boulogne-sur-Mer
John Taylor of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Curtis E. Bolton, and John Pack arrived in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Their arrival marked the official opening of the French Mission.
- June 26, 1850 • Boulogne-sur-Mer
On a beach north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, John Taylor dedicated France for the preaching of the gospel.
- May 1851 • Paris
The first edition of L’Étoile du Déséret, a Latter-day Saint French periodical, was published with John Taylor as the editor.
- December 1851 • Paris
Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte staged a coup d’état and ultimately dissolved the National Assembly.
- December 1851 • France
John Taylor, accused of political dissidence, was forced to flee the country.
- 1852 • Liverpool
The first French translation of the Book of Mormon was published.
- 1853 • Isle of Jersey
French Mission headquarters were transferred to Jersey and Andrew Lamoreaux was called as mission president. Louis Bertrand, his counselor, met with author Victor Hugo in Jersey.
- November 1855 • France
All missionaries were instructed to leave France due to increasing restrictions put on missionaries by the French government.
- September 18, 1859 • Salt Lake City, Utah
Louis Bertrand was called and set apart to reopen the French Mission.
- 1862 • Paris
Louis Bertrand’s Mémoires d’un Mormon was published.
- June 1864 • Salt Lake City
Louis Bertrand returned to Utah, marking the closure of the French Mission for the next 48 years.
- 1890–93 • Paris
Lorus Pratt, John Hafen, John B. Fairbanks, Edwin Evans, and Herman Haag were called as art missionaries and sent to study at l’Académie Julian.
- December 9, 1905 • Paris
France’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law guaranteeing religious freedom.
- 1908 • Lille, Lyon, Nîmes, and Paris
Missionaries from the Netherlands, Swiss, and German Missions preached in France.
- October 15, 1912 • Paris
Rudger Clawson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reorganized the French Mission.
- August 1914 • Europe
As World War I began, the French Mission was absorbed into the Swiss and Netherlands Missions, and all missionaries left France.
- February 25, 1924 • Geneva, Switzerland
The French Mission was reorganized with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
- November 3, 1926 • Lyon
Venus Rossiter, wife of mission president Ernest Rossiter, organized the first Relief Society in France.
- November 1928 • Paris
L’Étoile, a newsletter to provide better communication among the members in the French Mission, was first published.
- 1929 • France
The Mutual Improvement Association, Sunday School, and Primary organizations were created in the branches throughout France.
- 1930 • France
The visiting teaching and home teaching programs were officially organized in France.
- 1939 • France
Tension in Europe caused the evacuation of all North American missionaries in France. Gaston and Flore Chappuis were appointed to remain as the only missionaries in France.
- August 1940 • France
Gaston and Flore Chappuis left France.
- 1940–45 • France
Léon Fargier was the sole priesthood leader in France.
- May 1946 • Paris
James L. Barker was called to reopen the French Mission.
- July 1952 • Paris
David O. McKay visited the Saints in Paris. He was the first President of the Church to visit France.
- September 1952 • Paris
The Church was granted recognition by the French government as “une association étrangère” (a foreign society).
- September 1955 • Zollikofen, Switzerland
David O. McKay, President of the Church, dedicated the Swiss Temple, where the first temple ceremonies in French were performed.
- September 17, 1955 • Paris
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir held a concert at the Palais de Chaillot, near the Eiffel Tower.
- 1958 • France
The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price were published in French.
- 1960–62 • France
The French Mission experienced unprecedented growth under President Edgar Brossard; more than 3,000 people were baptized during his tenure.
- 1965–66 • France
Several chapels were built and dedicated: Bordeaux in 1965 and Marseille, Nice, and Versailles in 1966.
- 1966 • Liège, Belgium
A Church distribution center opened in Liège, Belgium, providing French-speaking members in Europe with direct access to Church materials such as handbooks and lesson manuals.
- November 16, 1975 • Paris
The first stake in France was organized with Gérard Giraud-Carrier as president.
- 1975–2000 • France and Africa
French Latter-day Saints helped establish the Church in Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic.
- 1998 • France
A new edition of the scriptures in French was issued.
- December 14, 2003 • France
With the creation of the Angers France Stake, all members in France resided within the boundaries of stakes.
- April 5, 2008 • Salt Lake City
Gérald Caussé was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, making him the first General Authority from France.
- October 1, 2011 • Salt Lake City
Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church, announced the construction of the Paris France Temple.
- October 3, 2015 • Salt Lake City
Gérald Caussé was called as the Presiding Bishop of the Church. Bishop Caussé was the first Presiding Bishop for whom English was his second language.