Jean-Louis Georgelin (b. 30 August 1948 in Aspet, Haute-Garonne) is a French Army General who was Chief of the Defence Staff ("Chef d'état-major des armées", CEMA) between 4 October 2006 and 25 February 2010. Since 9 June 2010, he has served as Great Chancellor of the French national order, the Légion d'honneur.
After nine years at the Prytanée National Militaire, Georgelin joined Saint-Cyr in 1967. As a lieutenant, he was chief of section at the école d'application de l'infanterie in 1975 and 1976, responsible for the training of non-commissioned officers. He served in the 153rd infantry regiment as a captain.
As a commander, he graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and then from the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) in Paris.
From 1985 to 1988, as a lieutenant-colonel, he was in charge of a class at Saint-Cyr (promotion Cadets de la France Libre). He then served at the chief of staff of the Army at the financial department from 1988 to 1991. He was aid to the chief of cabinet of the Prime Minister from 1994 to 1997. From 1998 and 2002 he served at the general staff of the Army, directing the "plans, programmes and evaluations" division.
He was promoted to Chief of the Defence Staff by the ministerial council of 20 August 2006. He became the Great Chancellor of the French national order of the Legion of honor by the ministerial council of 9 June 2010.
- Great Cross of the Légion d'Honneur
- Great Cross of the Ordre national du Mérite
- Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Commandeur of the Legion of Merit
- (French) Biographie du Général d'armée Jean-Louis Georgelin, grand chancelier de la Légion d'honneur
- (English) French national Order of Legion of Honnor, official website
- (French) - Biographie du CEMA
- (French) Article du journal Libération
- (French) Discours du chef d'état-major des armées
- (French) Visite officielle du CEMA aux Etats-Unis
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4 October 2006 – 24 February 2010