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Jean-Louis DEBRÉ

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DAppointed on February 23rd 2007 by the President of the Republic
Appointed President of the Constitutional Council on February 23rd 2007 by the President of the Republic
Took the oath of office on March 5th 2007 before the President of the Republic

End of term : march 2016

Born September 30th 1944 in Toulouse
Education
  • Doctor of Laws
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Politics
  • Bachelor of Law
  • Former Student of the Paris Institute of Political Science
  • Former student of the National School for the Judiciary.
Positions held
  • 1971 / 1975 : Assistant at the Faculty of Law of Paris
  • 1973/ 1974 : Technical Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (Jacques Chirac)
  • 1974 / 1974 : Technical Adviser to the Minister of the Interior (Jacques Chirac)
  • 1974, 26 June/ 1976 : Chargé de mission to the Prime Minister (Jacques Chirac)
  • 1976/ 1978 : Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Tribunal de grande instance of Evry-Corbeil
  • 1978 : Judge in charge of administrative matters at the Ministry of Justice
  • 1978, 14 April / 1979, 11 January : Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of the Interior (Maurice Papon)
  • 1979, 9 May/ 1986 : Investigating Magistrate at the Tribunal de grande instance of Paris
  • 1986, 16 March / 1995, Elected Member of the National Assembly for the Eure Department in May 1995 (Head of the RPR list). Resigns from Parliamentary seat to hold ministerial office
  • 1989, March / 1995, June : Municipal Councillor of Evreux
  • 1990 / 1995 : Vice-President of the RPR Group in the National Assembly
  • 1993, 1 April / 1994, 6 September: Deputy Secretary General and Spokesman for the RPR
  • 1994, 6 September / 1995, 24 May : First Deputy Secretary General and Spokesman of the RPR 1995, 18 May/ 1997, 2 June : Minister of the Interior
  • 1995, 18 June / 1997, 1 December : Paris Councillor (RPR)
  • 1995, 25 June / 1997, 1 December : Deputy to the Mayor of Paris
  • 1997, 1 June : Member of the National Assembly (RPR then UMP) for the Eure Department
  • 1997, 16 September / 2002, 18 June President of the RPR Group in the National Assembly
  • 2001, 25 March / 2007, February : Mayor of Evreux (Eure)
  • 2002, 25 June/ 2007, February : President (Speaker) of the National Assembly
  • 2007, 5 March : President of the Constitutional Council
Honours and Distinctions
  • Agricultural Merit Medal
  • Great Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain)
Works
Works on the Constitutional Council and Constitutional Law
  • Essai sur les idées constitutionnelles du Général de Gaulle, (Prix Edmond Michelet) Paris, LGDJ, 1974
  • La Constitution de la Ve République, (coll. avec BOIVIN Jean Pierre), Paris, PUF, 1975
  • Pratique de la Constitution française, Paris, HM éditions, 1989

Other works
  • Le pouvoir politique (coll. avec DEBRE Michel), Paris, Seghers, 1976
  • Le gaullisme (coll. avec DEBRE Michel), Paris, Plon, 1977
  • La justice au XIXe siècle, les magistrats, Paris, librairie académique Perrin, 1980
  • Les Républiques des avocats, Paris, librairie académique Perrin, 1984
  • Le curieux, Paris, Édition n° 1, 1986
  • En mon for intérieur, Paris, Jean-Claude Lattès, 1997
  • Pièges, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1998
  • Le gaullisme n'est pas une nostalgie, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1999
  • Quand les brochets font courir les carpes, Paris, Fayard, 2008
  • Les oubliés de la République, Paris, Fayard, 2008
  • Dynasties républicaines, Paris, Fayard, 2009
  • Meurtre à l'Assemblée, Paris, Fayard, 2009
  • En tête à tête avec Charles de Gaulle, Paris, Gründ, 2010 (coll. avec Philippe Lorin)
  • Regard de femme, Paris, Fayard, 2010
  • Jeux de haine, Fayard, 2011
  • En tête-à-tête avec les Présidents de la République, Paris, Gründ, 2011 (coll. avec Philippe Lorin)