Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

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Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1975).jpg
Giscard d'Estaing in 1975
President of France
In office
27 May 1974 – 21 May 1981
Prime Minister
Preceded byGeorges Pompidou
Succeeded byFrançois Mitterrand
President of the Regional Council of Auvergne
In office
21 March 1986 – 2 April 2004
Preceded byMaurice Pourchon
Succeeded byPierre-Joël Bonté
Minister of the Economy and Finance
In office
20 June 1969 – 27 May 1974
Prime Minister
Preceded byFrançois-Xavier Ortoli
Succeeded byJean-Pierre Fourcade
In office
18 January 1962 – 8 January 1966
Prime Minister
Preceded byWilfrid Baumgartner
Succeeded byMichel Debré
Mayor of Chamalières
In office
15 September 1967 – 19 May 1974
Preceded byPierre Chatrousse
Succeeded byClaude Wolff
Personal details
Born
Valéry Marie René Georges Giscard d'Estaing

(1926-02-02)2 February 1926
Koblenz, French-occupied Germany
Died2 December 2020(2020-12-02) (aged 94)
Authon, France
Cause of deathComplications associated to COVID-19
Political party
  • CNIP (1956–1962)
  • FNRI (1966–1977)
  • PR (1977–1995)
  • UDF (1978–2002)
  • PPDF (1995–1997)
  • DL (1997–1998)
  • UMP (2002–2004)
Spouse(s)
(m. 1952)
Children4, including Henri and Louis
Alma mater
Signature
Military service
Allegiance Free France
Branch/service French Army
Years of service1944–1945
RankBrigadier-chef [fr]
Battles/wars
AwardsCroix de Guerre

Valéry Marie René Georges Giscard d'Estaing (UK: /ˌʒskɑːr dɛˈstæ̃/,[1] US: /ʒɪˌskɑːr -/,[2][3] French: [valeʁi ʒiskaʁ dɛstɛ̃] (About this soundlisten); 2 February 1926 – 2 December 2020), also known as Giscard or VGE, was a French politician who served as President of France from 1974 to 1981.[4]

After serving as Minister of Finance under prime ministers Jacques Chaban-Delmas and Pierre Messmer, he won the presidential election of 1974 with 50.8% of the vote against François Mitterrand of the Socialist Party. His tenure was marked by a more liberal attitude on social issues—such as divorce, contraception, and abortion—and attempts to modernise the country and the office of the presidency, notably launching such far-reaching infrastructure projects as the TGV and the turn towards reliance on nuclear power as France's main energy source. He promoted liberalization of trade. However, his popularity suffered from the economic downturn that followed the 1973 energy crisis, marking the end of the "Trente Glorieuses" (thirty glorious years of prosperity after 1945). He was forced to impose austerity budgets and allow unemployment to rise in order to avoid deficits. Giscard d'Estaing in the centre faced political opposition from both sides of the spectrum: from the newly unified left of François Mitterrand and a rising Jacques Chirac, who resurrected Gaullism on a right-wing opposition line. In 1981, despite a high approval rating, he was defeated in a runoff against Mitterrand, with 48.2% of the vote.

As president Giscard d'Estaing promoted cooperation among the European nations, especially in tandem with West Germany. As former president, he was a member of the Constitutional Council. He also served as President of the Regional Council of Auvergne from 1986 to 2004. Involved with the European Union, he notably presided over the Convention on the Future of Europe that drafted the ill-fated Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe. In 2003, he was elected to the Académie française, taking the seat that his friend and former President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor had held. Until his death at age 94 years and 304 days, from COVID-19, Giscard was the longest-lived French president in history.

Early life[edit]

Valéry Marie René Giscard d'Estaing was born on 2 February 1926 in Koblenz, Germany, during the French occupation of the Rhineland.[5] He was the elder son of Jean Edmond Lucien Giscard d'Estaing, a high-ranking civil servant, and his wife, Marthe Clémence Jacqueline Marie (May) Bardoux.[6] His mother was a daughter of senator and academic Achille Octave Marie Jacques Bardoux, making her a great-granddaughter of minister of state education Agénor Bardoux.[7]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in the 1940s

Giscard had an older sister, Sylvie and younger siblings Olivier, Isabelle and Marie-Laure.[8] Despite the addition of "d'Estaing" to the family name by his grandfather, Giscard was not male line descendant from the extinct noble family of Vice-Admiral d'Estaing.[9] His connection to D'Estaing family was very remote. His ancestress was Lucie Madeleine d'Estaing, Dame de Réquistat (1769-1844), who in turn was descendant of Joachim I d'Estaing, sieur de Réquistat (1610-1685), illegitimate son of Charles d'Estaing (1585-1661), sieur de Cheylade, Knight of Saint John of Jerusalem, son of Jean III d'Estaing, seigneur de Val (1540-1621) and his wife, Gilberte de La Rochefoucauld (1560-1623).

He joined the French Resistance and participated in the Liberation of Paris; during the liberation he was tasked with protecting Alexandre Parodi.[10] He then joined the French First Army and served until the end of the war.[10] He was later awarded the Croix de guerre for his military service.[11]

In 1948, he spent a year in Montreal, Canada, where he worked as a teacher at Collège Stanislas.[12]

He studied at Lycée Blaise-Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, École Gerson and Lycées Janson-de-Sailly and Louis-le-Grand in Paris.[13] He graduated from the École polytechnique and the École nationale d'administration (1949–1951) and chose to enter the prestigious Inspection des finances.[11][13] He acceded to the Tax and Revenue Service, then joined the staff of Prime Minister Edgar Faure (1955–1956).[10] He was fluent in German.[14]

Early political career[edit]

First offices: 1956–1962[edit]

In 1956, he was elected to the National Assembly as a deputy for the Puy-de-Dôme département, in the domain of his maternal family.[15] He joined the National Centre of Independents and Peasants (CNIP), a conservative grouping.[16] After the proclamation of the Fifth Republic, the CNIP leader Antoine Pinay became Minister of Economy and Finance and chose him as Secretary of State for Finances from 1959 to 1962.[11]

Member of the Gaullist majority: 1962–1974[edit]

Giscard with US President John F. Kennedy at the White House, in Washington, D.C., 1962

In 1962, while Giscard had been nominated Minister of Economy and Finance, his party broke with the Gaullists and left the majority coalition.[11][9] Giscard refused to resign and founded the Independent Republicans (RI), which became the junior partner of the Gaullists in the "presidential majority".[10] It was during his time at the Ministry of the Economy that he coined the phrase "exorbitant privilege" to characterise the hegemony of the U.S. dollar in international payments under the Bretton Woods system.[17]

However, in 1966, he was dismissed from the cabinet.[11] He transformed the RI into a political party, the National Federation of the Independent Republicans (FNRI), and founded the Perspectives and Realities Clubs.[11][10] In this, he criticised the "solitary practice of the power" and summarised his position towards De Gaulle's policy by a "yes, but ...".[18] As chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Finances, he criticised his successor in the cabinet.[10]

For that reason the Gaullists refused to re-elect him to that position after the 1968 legislative election.[10] In 1969, unlike most of FNRI's elected officials, Giscard advocated a "no" vote in the constitutional referendum concerning the regions and the Senate, while De Gaulle had announced his intention to resign if the "no" won.[19] The Gaullists accused him of being largely responsible for De Gaulle's departure.[19][10]

During the 1969 presidential campaign he supported the winning candidate Georges Pompidou, after which he returned to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.[10] He was representative of a new generation of politicians emerging from the senior civil service, seen as "technocrats".[20]

Presidential election victory[edit]

In 1974, after the sudden death of President Georges Pompidou, Giscard announced his candidacy for the presidency.[9][11] His two main challengers were François Mitterrand for the left and Jacques Chaban-Delmas, a former Gaullist Prime Minister.[21] Jacques Chirac and other Gaullist personalities published the Call of the 43 [fr] where they explained that Giscard was the best candidate to prevent the election of Mitterrand.[22] In the election, Giscard finished well ahead of Chaban-Delmas in the first round, though coming second to Mitterrand.[10] In the run-off on 20 May, however, Giscard narrowly defeated Mitterrand, receiving 50.7% of the vote.[23]

President of France[edit]

In 1974, Giscard was elected President of France, defeating Socialist candidate François Mitterrand by 425,000 votes.[24] At 48, he was the third youngest president in French history at the time, after Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte and Jean Casimir-Perier.[10]

In his appointments he was innovative regarding women. He gave major cabinet positions to Simone Veil as Minister of Health and Françoise Giroud as secretary for women's affairs. Giroud worked to improve access to meaningful employment and to reconcile careers with childbearing. Weil has confronted the abortion issue.[25][26]

Domestic policy[edit]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing meeting with President of West Germany Walter Scheel in 1975
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing with U.S. President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, and Jean Sauvagnargues in 1976

On taking office the new president was quick to initiate reforms. They included increasing the minimum wage as well as family allowances and old-age pensions. He extended the right to political asylum; expanded health insurance to cover all Frenchmen; lowered the voting age to 18; and modernized the divorce law. On September 25, 1974, Giscard summed up his goals:

To reform the judicial system, modernize social institutions, reduce excessive inequalities of income, develop education, liberalize repressive legislation, develop culture.[27]

He pushed for the development of the TGV high speed train network and the Minitel telephone upgrade, a precursor of the Internet.[28] He promoted nuclear power, as a way to assert French independence.[29]

Economically, Giscard's presidency saw a steady rise in personal incomes, with the buying power of workers going up by 29% and old age pensioners by 65%.[30]

The great crisis that overwhelmed his term was a worldwide economic crisis based on rapidly rising oil prices. He turned to Prime Minister Raymond Barre in 1976, who advocated numerous complex, strict policies ("Barre Plans"). The first Barre plan emerged on 22 September 1976, with a priority to stop inflation. It included a 3-month price freeze; a reduction in the value added tax; wage controls; salary controls; a reduction of the growth in the money supply; and increases in the income tax, automobile taxes, luxury taxes and bank rates. There were measures to restore the trade balance, and support the growth of the economy and employment. Oil imports, whose price had shot up, were limited. There was special aid to exports, and an action fund was set up to aid industries. There was increased financial aid to farmers, who were suffering from a drought, and for social security. The package was not very popular, but was pursued with vigor.[31]

Giscard initially tried to project a less monarchical image than had been the case for past French presidents.[20] He took a ride on the Métro, ate monthly dinners with ordinary Frenchmen, and even invited garbage men from Paris to have breakfast with him in the Élysée Palace.[32] However, when he learned that most Frenchmen were somewhat cool to this display of informality, Giscard became so aloof and distant that his opponents frequently attacked him as being too far removed from ordinary citizens.[33]

In domestic policy, the president's reforms worried the conservative electorate and the Gaullist party, especially the law by Simone Veil legalising abortion.[34] Although he said he had "deep aversion against capital punishment", Giscard claimed in his 1974 campaign that he would apply the death penalty to people committing the most heinous crimes.[35] He did not commute three of the death sentences that he had to decide upon during his presidency, keeping France as the last country in the European Community to apply the death penalty.[10][36]

A rivalry arose with his Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, who resigned in 1976.[37] Raymond Barre, called the "best economist in France" at the time, succeeded him.[10]

Unexpectedly, the right-wing coalition won the 1978 legislative election.[10] Nevertheless, relations with Chirac, who had founded the Rally for the Republic (RPR), became more tense.[37] Giscard reacted by founding a centre-right confederation, the Union for French Democracy (UDF).[9]

Foreign policy[edit]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing with Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran in 1975

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a close friend of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Together they persuaded Europe's lesser powers to hold regular summit meetings, and set up the European Monetary System.[38] They induced the Soviet Union to establish a degree of liberalization through the Helsinki Accords.[39]

In 1975 he invited the heads of government from West Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States to a summit in Rambouillet, to form the Group of Six major economic powers (now the G7, including Canada).[40]

In 1975 Giscard pressured the future King of Spain Juan Carlos I to leave Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet out of his coronation by stating that if Pinochet attended he would not.[20] Although France received many Chilean political refugees, Giscard d'Estaing's government secretly collaborated with Pinochet's and Videla's junta as shown by journalist Marie-Monique Robin.[41]

Africa[edit]

Giscard continued de Gaulle's African policy and he supported delivering oil supplies to and from Africa.[42] Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Cameroon were the largest and most reliable African allies, and received most of the investments.[43] In 1977, in the Opération Lamantin, he ordered fighter jets to deploy in Mauritania and suppress the Polisario guerrillas fighting against Mauritania.[44]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in 1979 with Helmut Schmidt, Jimmy Carter and James Callaghan at the Guadeloupe Conference

Most controversial was his involvement with the regime of Jean-Bédel Bokassa in the Central African Republic.[45] Giscard was initially a friend of Bokassa, and supplied the regime.[45] However, the growing unpopularity of that government led Giscard to begin distancing himself from Bokassa.[45] In 1979's Operation Caban, French troops helped drive Bokassa out of power and restore former president David Dacko.[46] This action was also controversial, particularly since Dacko was Bokassa's cousin and had appointed Bokassa as head of the military, and unrest continued in the Central African Republic leading to Dacko being overthrown in another coup in 1981.[45][10]

1981 presidential election[edit]

In the 1981 presidential election, Giscard took a severe blow to his support when Chirac ran against him in the first round.[11] Chirac finished third and refused to recommend that his supporters back Giscard in the runoff, though he declared that he himself would vote for Giscard. Giscard lost to Mitterrand by 3 points in the runoff,[47] and ever since blamed Chirac for his defeat.[48] In later years, it was widely said that Giscard loathed Chirac;[49] certainly on many occasions Giscard criticised Chirac's policies despite supporting Chirac's governing coalition.[37]

Post-presidency[edit]

Return to politics: 1984–2004[edit]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in 1986

After his defeat, Giscard retired temporarily from politics.[50] In 1984, he was re-elected to his seat in the National Assembly[50] and won the presidency of the regional council of Auvergne.[9][11] He was President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions from 1997 to 2004.[51]

In 1982, along with his friend Gerald Ford, he co-founded the annual AEI World Forum.[52] He has also served on the Trilateral Commission after being president, writing papers with Henry Kissinger.[53]

He hoped to become prime minister during the first "cohabitation" (1986–88) or after the re-election of Mitterrand with the theme of "France united", but he was not chosen for this position.[10] During the 1988 presidential campaign, he refused to choose publicly between the two right-wing candidates, his two former Prime Ministers Jacques Chirac and Raymond Barre.[10]

He served as President of the UDF from 1988 to 1996, but he was faced with the rise of a new generation of politicians called the rénovateurs ("renovationmen").[54] Most of the UDF politicians supported the candidacy of the RPR Prime Minister Édouard Balladur at the 1995 presidential election, but Giscard supported his old rival Jacques Chirac, who won the election.[55] That same year Giscard suffered a setback when he lost a close election for the mayoralty of Clermont-Ferrand.[56]

In 2000, he made a parliamentary proposal to reduce the length of a presidential term from seven to five years, a proposal that eventually won its referendum proposal by President Chirac.[57] His son Louis Giscard d'Estaing was elected in his constituency.[11]

Retired from politics: 2004–2020[edit]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in 2014

In 2003, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was admitted to the Académie française.[58]

Following his narrow defeat in the regional elections of March 2004, marked by the victory of the left wing in 21 of 22 regions, he decided to leave partisan politics and to take his seat on the Constitutional Council as a former president of the Republic.[59] Some of his actions there, such as his campaign in favour of the Treaty establishing the European Constitution, were criticised as unbecoming to a member of this council, which should embody nonpartisanship and should not appear to favour one political option over the other.[60] Indeed, the question of the membership of former presidents in the Council was raised at this point, with some suggesting that it should be replaced by a life membership in the Senate.[61]

On 19 April 2007, he endorsed Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidential election.[62] He supported the creation of the centrist Union of Democrats and Independents in 2012 and the introduction of same-sex marriage in France in 2013.[10] In 2016, he supported former Prime minister François Fillon in The Republicans presidential primaries.[63]

A 2014 poll suggested that 64% of the French thought he had been a good president.[64] He was considered to be an honest and competent politician, but also a distant man.[64]

On 21 January 2017, with a lifespan of 33,226 days, he surpassed Émile Loubet (1838–1929) in terms of longevity, and became the oldest former president in French history.[20]

European activities[edit]

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing at Helmut Schmidt's funeral (2015)

Giscard was, throughout his political career, a proponent of a greater European Union.[11] In 1978, he was for this reason the obvious target of Jacques Chirac's Call of Cochin, denouncing the "party of the foreigners".[65]

From 1989 to 1993, Giscard served as a member of the European Parliament.[66] From 1989 to 1991, he was also chairman of the Liberal and Democratic Reformist Group.[66]

From 2001 to 2004 he served as President of the Convention on the Future of Europe.[67] On 29 October 2004, the European heads of state, gathered in Rome, approved and signed the European Constitution based on a draft strongly influenced by Giscard's work at the Convention.[68] Although the Constitution was rejected by French voters in May 2005, Giscard continued to actively lobby for its passage in other European Union states.[69]

Giscard d'Estaing attracted international attention at the time of the June 2008 Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty.[69] In an article for Le Monde in June 2007, published in English translation by The Irish Times, he had said that a "divide and ratify" approach, whereby "public opinion would be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals we dare not present to them directly", would be unworthy and would reinforce the idea that the construction of Europe was being organised behind the public's backs by lawyers and diplomats;[70][71] the quotation was taken out of context by prominent supporters of a "no" vote and distorted to give the impression that Giscard was advocating such a deception, instead of rejecting it.[72][73][74]

In 2008 he became the Honorary President of the Permanent Platform of Atomium Culture.[75] On 27 November 2009, Giscard publicly launched the Permanent Platform of Atomium Culture during its first conference, held at the European Parliament,[76] declaring: "European intelligence could be at the very root of the identity of the European people."[77] A few days before he had signed, together with the President of Atomium Culture Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, the European Manifesto of Atomium Culture.[78]

Personal life[edit]

Giscard's name was often shortened to "VGE" by the French media.[9]

On 17 December 1952, Giscard married Anne-Aymone Sauvage de Brantes.[11]

Giscard's private life was the source of many rumours at both national and international level.[79] His family did not live in the presidential Élysée Palace, and The Independent reported on his affairs with women.[79] In 1974, Le Monde reported that he used to leave a sealed letter stating his whereabouts in case of emergency.[80]

In May 2020, Giscard was accused of groping a German journalist's buttocks during an interview in 2018.[81] He denied the accusation.[81]

Possession of the Estaing castle[edit]

The castle of Estaing in 2007

In 2005 he and his brother bought the castle of Estaing, formerly a possession of the above-mentioned admiral d'Estaing who was beheaded in 1794.[10][82] The castle was not used as a residence but it had symbolic value and explained that the purchase, supported by the local municipality, was an act of patronage.[82] However, a number of major newspapers in several countries questioned their motives and some hinted at self-appointed nobility and a usurped historical identity.[83][82] It was placed for sale in 2008 for €3 million,[82] and is now the property of the Foundation Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.[84]

2009 novel[edit]

Giscard wrote his second romantic novel, published on 1 October 2009 in France, entitled The Princess and the President.[85] It tells the story of a French head of state having a romantic liaison with a character called Patricia, Princess of Cardiff.[85] This fuelled rumours that the piece of fiction was based on a real-life liaison between Giscard and Diana, Princess of Wales.[85] He later stressed that the story was entirely made up and no such affair had happened.[86]

Illness and death[edit]

On 14 September 2020, Giscard was hospitalised for care for breathing complications at the Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou in Paris.[87] He was later diagnosed with a lung infection.[88] He was hospitalised again on 15 November,[89] but was discharged on 20 November.[90]

Giscard died of complications associated to COVID-19 on 2 December 2020.[9] He was 94 years old.[91][92][36] His family said that his funeral would be held in "strict intimacy".[10]

President Emmanuel Macron released a statement regarding Giscard as a "servant of the state, a politician of progress and freedom".[10] Former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande,[93] 2017 presidential candidate Marine Le Pen,[93] German Chancellor Angela Merkel,[94] and European Union leaders Charles Michel, David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen all issued statements praising Giscard's efforts in modernising France and strengthening relations with the European Union.[95]

Legacy[edit]

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing represented a fresher, more liberal, modernizing image after the stuffy authoritarianism of De Gaulle and Pompidou. He was the pioneer in France in using television to boost his popularity; he loosened government control over radio and television. He introduced numerous small social reforms, such as reducing the voting age by three years, allowing divorce by common consent, and legalizing abortion. He was committed to supporting innovative technology, and focused on creating a high-speed TGV rail network, promoting nuclear power, and developing the telephone system. Despite his ambitions, he was unable to resolve the great economic crisis of his term, a worldwide economic recession caused primarily by a very rapid increase in oil prices. He responded with austerity measures, cutting the budget, raising taxes, and trying, with mixed success, to hold down soaring inflation. In terms of foreign policy, he was a close friend of German Chancellor Schmidt, and together they persuaded Europe's lesser economic powers to collaborate and form new permanent organisations, especially the European Monetary System and the G-7 system.[96]

Honours and awards[edit]

National honours[edit]

European honours[edit]

In 2003 he received the Charlemagne Award of the German city of Aachen.[98] He was also a Knight of Malta.[99]

Foreign honours[edit]

As Minister of Finance[edit]

As President of France[edit]

Other honours[edit]

International awards[edit]

Heraldry[edit]

Giscard d'Estaing's coat of arms as a knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim

Giscard d'Estaing was granted a coat of arms by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark upon his appointment to the Order of the Elephant.[113] He was also granted a coat of arms by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, for his induction as a Knight of the Seraphim.[108]

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bell, David et al. eds. Biographical Dictionary of French Political Leaders Since 1870 (1990) pp 181–185.
  • Bell, David. Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France (2000) pp 127–48.
  • Cameron, David R. "The dynamics of presidential coalition formation in France: from Gaullism to Giscardism." Comparative Politics 9.3 (1977): 253-279 online.
  • Criddle, B. J. "Valéry Giscard D’Estaing." in The Year Book Of World Affairs, 1980 (Sweet & Maxwell, 1980) pp. 60-75.
  • Demossier, Marion, et al., eds. The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2019) online.
  • Derbyshire, Ian. Politics in France: From Giscard to Mitterrand (W & R Chambers, 1990).
  • Frears, J. R. France in the Giscard Presidency (1981) 224p. covers 1974 to 1981
  • Hibbs Jr, Douglas A., and Nicholas Vasilatos. "Economics and politics in France: Economic performance and mass political support for Presidents Pompidou and Giscard d'Estaing." European Journal of Political Research 9.2 (1981): 133-145 online
  • Michel, Franck. "Breaking the Gaullian Mould: Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and the Modernisation of French Presidential Communication." Modern & Contemporary France 13.3 (2005): 29–306.
  • Nester, William R. "President Giscard d'Estaing", in De Gaulle's Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2014) pp. 93–109.
  • Ryan, W. Francis. "France under Giscard" Current History (May 1981) 80#466, pp. 201–6, online.
  • Shenton, Gordon. "The Advancement of Women in Giscard d'Estaing's 'Advanced Liberal Society'." Massachusetts Review 17.4 (1976): 743-762 online.
  • Shields, James. "Valéry Giscard d'Estaing: the limits of liberalism", in The Presidents of the French Fifth Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) pp. 114–135.
  • Wilsford, David, ed. Political leaders of contemporary Western Europe: a biographical dictionary (Greenwood, 1995) pp. 170–176.

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