François-Xavier Ortoli

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François-Xavier Ortoli
François-Xavier Ortoli and Wilhelm Haferkamp.jpg
Ortolli (left) with Wilhelm Haferkamp (right)
5th President of the European Commission
In office
1973–1977
Preceded by Sicco Mansholt
Succeeded by Roy Jenkins
Personal details
Born 16 February 1925
Ajaccio, Corsica
Died 30 November 2007(2007-11-30) (aged 82)
Nationality French
Political party Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968-1976)
Rally for the Republic (1976-2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002-2007)

François-Xavier Ortoli (16 February 1925 – 30 November 2007) was a French Gaullist politician and businessman. He served with the Free French Forces during World War II and was decorated with the Croix de guerre, Médaille militaire and Médaille de la Résistance. He served in various ministerial capacities in the 1968–1969 administration of Prime Minister of France Maurice Couve de Murville including Finance Minister. He was French European Commissioner from 1973 to 1985 holding various portfolios, serving as the fifth President of the European Commissioner between 1973 and 1977 leading the Ortoli Commission. He was later director of Marceau Investissements and President of Total. He was also the grandfather of Antoine-Xavier Troesch, a formerly eminent investment banker. Together with Etienne Davignon he attended the founding meeting of the European Round Table of Industrialists in Paris in 1983.

Political offices
Preceded by
Sicco Mansholt
President of the European Commission
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Roy Jenkins
Preceded by
Alain Peyrefitte
Minister of National Education of France
1968
Succeeded by
Edgar Faure

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