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A-1 "Astérix".
Category. Statistic.
Launch vehicle. Diamant-A rocket.
Launch date. 26 November, 1965, 09:52 UTC.
Launch site. Hammaguir, Brigitte, Algeria.
Ceased operations. 28 November, 1965.
Owner(s). French ministry of defence and CNES.
Major contractor(s). French ministry of defence and CNES.
Is it still in orbit. Yes. Wikipedia says it will be up for "several centuries".
Launch mass. 42.0 kilograms (92.6 lb).
Nationality(s). French.
Satellite type. Technology testing satellite.
Links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast%C3%A9rix_%28satellite%29, http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast%C3%A9rix_%28satellite%29, http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/dev/hillger/A-1.htm, http://image-cnes.fr/2-cest-beau-la-techno/asterix-1er-satellite-francais/ and http://image-cnes.fr/2-cest-beau-la-techno/asterix-1er-satellite-francais/.

1A Asterix, first French satellite (1965), Museum of Air and Space Paris, Le Bourget (France).

It was France's first satellite.