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The history of the Banque de France has moved with the duties entrusted to it. Over time, it has established its place in economic history.
The stances that led to it securing its position as a central bank and the figures who governed it, also combine with legislators' intentions: the founding texts underpin the Banque de France's history.

1800

Laws and statutes:

First statutes of the Banque de France

24th day of Pluviôse, year VIII (13 February 1800)

1803

Laws and statutes:

Privilege to issue banknotes in Paris

24th day of Germinal, year XI (14 April 1803)

1806

Laws and statutes:

New statutes

22 April 1806

Governor:

Emmanuel Crétet

25 April 1806

1807

Governor:

François Jaubert

9 August 1807

1808

Laws and statutes:

Founding statutes

16 January 1808

1814

Governor:

Jacques Laffitte, acting Governor

6 April 1814

1820

Governor:

Michel Gaudin, Duke of Gaëte

6 April 1820

1836

Governors:

25 February 1836

  • Maurice Apollinaire d’Argout

5 September 1836

1840

Laws and statutes:

Renewal of privilege

30 June 1840

1848

Laws and statutes:

Integration of departmental banks within the Banque de France

27 April 1848

2 May 1848

1857

Laws and statutes:

Renewal of privilege

9 June 1857

Governor:

Charles Lebègue de Germiny

10 June 1857

1863

Governor:

Adolphe Vuitry

15 May 1863

1864

Governor:

Gustave Rouland

28 September 1864

1871

Governors:

Office not taken – 5 June 1871

Returned as Governor – 29 December 1871

1879

Governor:

Ernest Denormandie

18 January 1879

1881

Governor:

Joseph Magnin

18 November 1881

1897

Laws and statutes:

Renewal of privilege

17 November 1897

Governor:

Georges Pallain

24 December 1897

1918

Laws and statutes:

Renewal of privilege

20 December 1918

1920

Governor:

Georges Robineau

25 August 1920

1926

Governor:

Émile Moreau
26 June 1926

1930

Governor:    

Clément Moret
25 September 1930

1935

Governor:  

 Jean Tannery
2 January 1935

1936

Laws and statutes:     

New status of the Banque de France
24 July 1936

Governor:     

Émile Labeyrie
6 June 1936

1937

Governor:     

Pierre Fournier
20 July 1937

1940

Laws and statutes:     

Statutes amended
24 November 1940

Governor:   

Yves Bréart de Boisanger
31 August 1940

 

1944

Laws and statutes:  

Statutes amended

5 December 1944


Laws and statutes:

 Emmanuel Monick
7 October 1944

1945

Laws and statutes:

Nationalisation of the Banque de France
2 December 1945

1949

Governor:     

Wilfrid Baumgartner
19 January 1949

1960

Governor:

Jacques Brunet
21 January 1960

1969

Governor:   

Olivier Wormser
8 April 1969

1973

Laws and statutes:     

Status of the Banque de France amended
3 January 1973

1974

Governor:  

Bernard Clappier
14 June 1974

1979

Governor:  

Renaud de la Génière
21 November 1979

1984

Governor:     

Michel Camdessus
14 November 1984

1987

Governor:  

Jacques Larosière de Champfeu
16 January 1987

1993

Laws and statutes:     

Status of the Banque de France amended
4 August 1993

Governor:     

Jean-Claude Trichet
16 September 1993

2003

Governor:  

Christian Noyer
22 October 2003

2015

Governor:     

François Villeroy de Galhau
1 November 2015

Updated on: 05/04/2018 15:01