Claude Cheysson

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Claude Cheysson
Claude Cheysson par Claude Truong-Ngoc 1981.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
22 May 1981 – 7 December 1984
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Jean François-Poncet
Succeeded by Roland Dumas
Personal details
Born (1920-04-13)13 April 1920
Paris, France
Died 15 October 2012(2012-10-15) (aged 92)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater École Polytechnique, ÉNA

Claude Cheysson (13 April 1920 – 15 October 2012) was a French Socialist politician who served as Foreign Minister in the government of Pierre Mauroy from 1981 to 1984.[1]

Career[edit]

Cheysson was born in Paris but fled from France during World War II and joined the 2nd Armored Division of General Leclerc, serving as a second lieutenant in the 12th Chasseurs d'Afrique Regiment. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1948 and became head of the liaison service with the West German authorities the following year. As he moved through the ranks of the Foreign Ministry, he served as counselor to the president of the government of French Indochina in 1952, cabinet chief of Premier Pierre Mendès-France from 1954 to 1955, and general secretary of the Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa from 1957 to 1962. He was director of the Organisme Saharien from 1962 until 1965, and ambassador to Indonesia from 1966 to 1969.

In 1973, Cheysson was appointed as the French European Commissioner. His first post, which he held until 1977, was in charge of development policy, cooperation, budgets, and financial control. From 1977 until 1981, he took on the development portfolio.

In 1981 he left the Commission, and became a member of the French Government as Foreign Minister until 1984. He obtained to change the name of the ministry in Ministry of the External Relations, nevertheless the previous name was re-established in 1986. He joined the Delors Commission, where he was responsible for and Mediterranean policy and North-South relations, from 1985 to 1989.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean François-Poncet
Minister of External Affairs
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Roland Dumas