Maurice Schumann

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Maurice Schumann
French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1969–1973
President Georges Pompidou
Preceded by Michel Debré
Succeeded by André Bettencourt
Personal details
Born (1911-04-10)10 April 1911
Paris, France
Died 9 February 1998(1998-02-09) (aged 86)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Alma mater University of Paris

Maurice Schumann (10 April 1911 in Paris – 9 February 1998 in Paris) was a French politician, journalist, writer, and hero of the Second World War who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Georges Pompidou in the 1960s and 1970s. Schumann was a member of the Christian democratic Popular Republican Movement.

The son of an Alsatian Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, he studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly and the Lycée Henri-IV. He converted to his mother's faith in 1937. He once said of France's fate when suffering the Allied bombing raids, ‘….and now we are reduced to the most atrocious fate: to be killed without killing back, to be killed by friends without being able to kill our enemies’.

During a meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Community in 1969, he stated France's conditions for Britain joining the community on its third application, i.e. questions of agricultural finance had to be settled first.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Gaston Palewski
Minister of Scientific Research and Atomic and Space Questions
1967–1968
Succeeded by
Christian de La Malène
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Marcel Jeanneney
Minister of Social Affairs
1968–1969
Succeeded by