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  • France
    Saturday Apr 4, 2009

    NATO Establishment

    The Return of France To Full Membership

    France
    Saturday Apr 4, 2009

    The policies of French President Nicolas Sarkozy resulted in a major reform of France's military position, culminating with the return to full membership on 4 April 2009, which also included France rejoining the NATO Military Command Structure, while maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent.




  • France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    Rafael Nadal

    First loss in France Open

    France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of French Open, Nadal set a record of 31 consecutive wins at the French Open, beating the previous record of 28 by Björn Borg. This run came to an end on 31 May 2009, when Nadal lost to eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th round. This was Nadal's first and, until 2015, only loss at the French Open.




  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 2, 2009

    Mona Lisa

    The vessel shattered against the glass enclosure

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 2, 2009

    On 2 August 2009, a Russian woman, distraught over being denied French citizenship, threw a ceramic teacup purchased at the Louvre; the vessel shattered against the glass enclosure.




  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 1, 2009

    Lionel Messi

    First Ballon d'Or awarded

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 1, 2009

    First Ballon d'Or awarded.




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