Serge Dassault

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Serge Dassault
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Member of the French Senate for Essonne
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2004
Personal details
Born Serge Bloch
(1925-04-04) 4 April 1925 (age 89)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Spouse(s) Nicole Raffel
Children Olivier Dassault
Laurent Dassault
Thierry Dassault
Marie-Hélène Dassault
Parents Madeline Minckes
Marcel Dassault
Residence Paris, France
Alma mater École Polytechnique
SUPAERO
Occupation Entrepreneur
Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

Serge Dassault (French: [sɛʁʒ daso]; born 4 April 1925) is a French entrepreneur (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Group) and conservative politician.

Early life and education[edit]

Serge Dassault is the son of Marcel Dassault, from whom he inherited the Dassault Group, and Madeline Dassault (née Minckes). Both his parents are of Jewish heritage but later converted to Roman Catholicism. Since the elder Dassault's death in 1986, Serge Dassault has continued developing the company, with the help of CEOs Charles Edelstenne and Éric Trappier.

He studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly, the École Polytechnique, Supaéro and HEC Paris. During the Second World War, he was jailed when his father was sent to Buchenwald for refusing any cooperation with the German aviation industry.

Career[edit]

His group also owns Groupe Le Figaro.

He is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement political party, as is his son Olivier, who is a deputy in the French National Assembly. He is a former mayor of the city of Corbeil-Essonnes, a southern suburb of Paris. In 2005, he inaugurated the 200-million-euro Islamic cultural centre (comprising a mosque) in his city of Corbeil-Essonnes. In December 1998, he was sentenced to two years' probation in the Belgian Agusta scandal, and was fined 60,000 Belgian francs (about €1,500).

In 2004, he became a senator, and in this position, he has been an outspoken advocate of conservative positions on economic and employment issues, claiming that France's taxes and workforce regulations ruin its entrepreneurs. In November 2012, responding to the Ayrault government's plan to legalise gay marriage, he controversially said, during an interview for France Culture, that authorising gay marriage cause "no more renewal of the population. [...] We'll have a country of homosexuals. And so in ten years there'll be nobody left. It's stupid".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Dassault married Nicole Raffel on 5 July 1950. They have four children: Olivier, Laurent, Thierry, and Marie-Hélène.[2]

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