Catherine Lalumière

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Catherine Lalumière (born August 3, 1935, Rennes) is a French politician of the Radical-Socialist Party.

Before her political career, she lectured on public law at the University of Rennes and the University of Paris I. She began a foray into politics in 1981 as Minister of Consumption in the cabinet of Pierre Mauroy,[1] and held several offices throughout the 1980s.

She served as Secretary General of the Council of Europe from 1989 to 1994,[2] and became a member of the European Parliament in 1994, re-elected in 1999.[3] She is currently also Vice-President of the International European Movement where she chairs the Working Group on Enlargement.


  1. ^ "Contested Ideas of the Consumer: National Strategies of Product Market Regulation in France and Germany" (PDF). European University Institute. p. 25. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Former Secretaries General". Council of Europe. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Catherine LALUMIÈRE". Europa. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcelino Oreja Aguirre
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
1 June 1989 - 31 May 1994
Succeeded by
Daniel Tarschys