Colette Flesch

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Colette Flesch
Personal information
Born (1937-04-16) 16 April 1937 (age 77)
Dudelange, Luxembourg
Sport
Sport Fencing

Colette Flesch (born 16 April 1937 in Dudelange) is a Luxembourgish politician and former fencer.

As a fencer she participated in the Individual foil events at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics.[1]

She has served in numerous political capacities, both in government and within the Democratic Party and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. In December 1968 she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in an early election. In 1970 she became the first female Mayor of Luxembourg City at the age of 32, which she remained until 1980.[2] Besides her work in the Chamber of Deputies (1969-1980, 1984-1989 and 2004-2009), she was also a member of the European Parliament from 1969 to 1980, 1984 to 1985, 1989 to 1990, and 1999 to 2004.

In 1976, she became the General Secretary of the Democratic Party, and was its President from 1981 to 1989.

From 1980 to 1984 she was a member of Pierre Werner's government, as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and minister for foreign trade, cooperation, the economy, small and medium enterprises and justice.

From 1990 to 1999, she was the European Commission's Director-General for Culture, Communication and Sports, and later for translation.

From 1 January 1988 to 31 December 1999, she was a city councillor for Luxembourg City, and was later an alderman.

She holds a graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University after gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Wilwertz
Mayor of Luxembourg City
1970–1980
Succeeded by
Camille Polfer
Preceded by
Gaston Thorn
Deputy Prime Minister
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Jacques Poos
Preceded by
Gaston Thorn
Minister for the Economy
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Jacques Poos
Preceded by
Gaston Thorn
Minister for Foreign Affairs
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Jacques Poos
Preceded by
Gaston Thorn
Minister for Justice
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Jacques Poos
Preceded by
Attilio Ruffini
President of the Council of the EU
Second half 1980
Succeeded by
Chris van der Klaauw
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Thorn
President of the DP
1980–1989
Succeeded by
Charles Goerens
Preceded by
Willy De Clercq
President of the ELD
1985–1990
Succeeded by
Willy De Clercq
Awards
Preceded by
Sylvie Hülsemann
Luxembourgian Sportswoman of the Year
1967
Succeeded by
Sylvie Hülsemann