The Full Wiki

More info on French Wikipedia

French Wikipedia: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

French Wikipedia
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available language(s) French
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched 23 March 2001

The French Wikipedia (French: Wikipédia francophone, Wikipédia en français) is the French language edition of Wikipedia, spelt Wikipédia. Started in March 2001, this edition has over 900,000 articles as of January 2010 and is the third largest Wikipedia after the English language and German language editions. Thus it is the largest Wikipedia in a Romance language.

Wikipedians by country


  • 19 May: First recorded date: [1]
  • 6 June: First known main page: [2] (Including the participation of Valéry Beaud and Buzz).
  • June: A new logo (in green colour and quite different from the logo used on the other Wikipedias) is displayed in an initiative from Rinaldum. This autonomist move is criticised because all French Wikipedians had not been consulted, but the logo is kept.
  • August: The first sysops, Anthere, Aoineko and Shaihulud are appointed after a disagreement with user Mulot. The first IP is blocked.
  • 31 October: Phase III began.
  • December: A strong increase of activity is reported. It can be analysed as serial vandalism from a bot, and all subsequent corrections. After this new kind of vandalism, the software is changed in order to enable quicker reverts (rollback link available for sysops only).
  • January: A strong decrease of activity, essentially due to the slowing down of servers, thus limiting participation.
  • 6 February: Coloured "Putsch" on the main page: BeforeAfter. The new design, authored by Aoineko, is subsequently reused by other language versions (including Polish and English Wikipedias).
  • 7 February: 5,000 articles.
  • 19 February: 6,000 articles.
  • 7 March: 7,000 articles.
  • 27 March: 8,000 articles.
  • 13 April: Overtakes Polish Wikipedia to become the third largest Wikipedia, behind the English Wikipedia and German Wikipedia with 9,051 articles.
  • 15 May: 10,000 articles.
  • 18 May: The main page has been viewed 100,000 times since the counter was implemented.
  • 7 July: Wikipédia has 20,000 pages, including about 12,800 articles.
  • mid-July: The number of pages calculation is modified. According to the old calculation mode detecting at least a comma, 13,058 encyclopaedia articles are present, and the new calculation that detects at least one link, indicates 13,789 articles.
  • 5 August: 15,000 articles; over 20,000 changes have been recorded since the implementation of phase III software.
  • 20 August: Inhibition of some functions in order to increase performance.
  • 4 September: 16,000 articles.
  •  ? October: New logo.
  • 3-11 November: Papotages is the first user blocked forever as the author of severe and repeated vandalism.
  • 17 November: Lorraine is the first article of the week. 38 users participated in its redaction.
  • 22 November: 20,000 articles.
  • 26 January: 25,000 articles.
  • 14 March: 30,000 articles.
  • End of March: Switch to UTF-8.
  • 1 May: 35,000 articles.
  • 16 June: 40,000 articles.
  • 23 July: 45,000 articles.
  • 29 August: 50,000 articles with nèfle.
  • 2 November at 23:33: 60,000 articles with Lord Yarborough.
  • 22 December: 70,000 articles with Borée.
  • 6 February: 80,000 articles.
  • 14 March: 90,000 articles.
  • 21 April: 100,000 articles with Pierre Séguier.
  • June : Opening of the first Atelier graphique (Graphic Lab), with wikigraphists improving submitted images.
  • 4 December: 200,000 articles with George Corliss.
  • 20 February: The popular French encyclopaedia, Quid, cancels its 2008 edition blaming falling sales on competition from the French Wikipedia. [3]
  • 30 August: 700,000 articles.
  • 14 January: 750,000 articles
  • 6 May: 800,000 articles
  • 14 January: 900, 000 articles


External links

French Wikipedia edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simple English

[[File:|right]] The French Wikipedia (In French: Wikipédia Francophone or Wikipédia en français) is the French language edition of Wikipedia, spelled Wikipédia. Started in March 2001, this edition has over 1,043,000 articles as of December 2010[1] and is the third largest Wikipedia after the English language and German language editions. It is the largest Wikipedia in a Romance language.


  1. Special:Statistics on the French Wikipedia - Retrieved December 13, 2010

Other websites

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address