The French Empire began when Napoleon Bonaparte I was named the first emperor of France and continued until 1870, with the fall of the Second Empire. However, the Colonial Empire began in 1605 when France entered Quebec. It wasn't until after World War II when its colonial empire began to crumble.
Similarly, the Russian Empire began with the naming of its Tzars in 1721. It fell in 1917.
Of course, the British empire was extensive, reaching all corners of the world and was the largest empire in existence by 1913. Like France, it's empire began to fall during World War II.