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Ex officio Member in his capacity as Former President of the Republic

Member since 1981

Born 2 February 1926, in Koblenz (Germany)

Education

  • Former student of the École polytechnique
  • Student at the Ecole nationale d'administration (1949-1951)

Career

  • 1952 : Junior official at the Finance Inspectorate, Ministry of Finance
  • 1954 : Inspector of Finance
  • 1954, June-December 1954 : Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Edgar Faure, President of the Council (Prime Minister)
  • 1956 / 1959 : MP for the Puy-de-Dôme department
  • 1956 / 1957 : Member of the French delegation to the 11th session of the United Nations General Assembly
  • 1958 / 1974 : General Councillor of the canton of Rochefort-Montagne
  • 1959 : Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance
  • 1962 : Minister of Finance
  • 1962 : Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
  • 1962 November-December : MP for the Puy-de-Dôme department
  • 1962 / 1966 : Minister, then Minister of State of Finance and Economic Affairs
  • 1966 / 1967 : Rejoins the Finance Inspectorate
  • 1966 : President of the national federation of the "Républicains Indépendents"
  • 1967 / 1969 : MP for the Puy-de-Dôme department
  • 1967 / 1968 : Chairman of the committee on finance, general economy and the plan of the National Assembly
  • 1970 : President of the board of the OECD
  • 1969 / 1974 : Minister of Finance and the Economy
  • 1974, 19 May / 1981, 19 May : President of the Republic
  • 1974 / 1977 : Municipal Councillor of Chamalières
  • Since 1981 : Ex officio member of the Constitutional Council

Honours

  • Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
  • Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit
  • Croix de guerre 39-45 / Military Cross 39-45
  • Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Order of Malta
  • Honorary Canon of Saint-Jean-de-Latran (1978)
  • Nansen Medal
  • Onassis Foundation Prize (Athens, 2000)
  • Trombinoscope prize for the political personality of the year 2000
  • Gold Medal of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe awarded in Lausanne, Switzerland (2001)
  • Charlemagne Prize for his works in support of Europe (2002)
  • De Gaulle-Adenauer Prize (2006)

Publications

General works

  • Economie et société humaine : rencontres internationales du Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances, 20-22 juin 1972, (coll. avec STOLERU Lionel et ARON Robert), Paris, Denoël, 1972
  • Démocratie Française, Paris, Fayard, 1976
  • Une Nouvelle Croissance pour la France, recueil de textes, 1977
  • "Pour un environnement à la française, recueil de textes et de déclarations", Paris, La Documentation française, 1977
  • L'Etat de la France, Paris, Fayard, 1981
  • Deux Français sur Trois, Paris, Flammarion, 1984
  • Le Pouvoir et la Vie, Tome I "La Rencontre", Paris, Cie 12, 1988
  • Le Pouvoir et la Vie, Tome II "L'Affrontement", Paris, Cie 12, 1991
  • Le Passage, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1994
  • Dans 5 ans l'an 2000 : les enjeux de l'élection présidentielle, Paris, Cie 12, 1995
  • Les Français, Réflexions sur le destin d'un peuple, Paris, Plon, 2000
  • Giscard d'Estaing - Entretien avec Agathe Fourgnaud, Paris, Flammarion
  • Le Pouvoir et la Vie, Tome III "Choisir", Paris, Cie 12, 2006

Publications concerning the Constitutional Council and Constitutional Law

  • La Constitution pour l'Europe, Fondation Robert Schuman, Albin Michel, 2003