André Henry

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André Henry (born 15 October 1934) is a French politician. He served as Minister of Free Time from 1981 to 1983, under former President François Mitterrand.[1][2][3]


He was a trade unionist for the Federation for National Education.[2][4] From 1981 to 1983, he served as Minister of Free Time.[1] In this capacity, he developed non-profit organizations in France.[1] He also defined free time away from work as a citizenship right, and promoted ways to spend it in a leisurely way.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Claire Frances Ullman, The welfare state's other crisis: explaining the new partnership between nonprofit organizations and the state in France, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1998, p. 103 [1]
  2. ^ a b David L. Looseley, The Politics of Fun: Cultural Policy and Debate in Contemporary France, Berg, 1997, p.71 [2]
  3. ^ Frank R. Baumgartner, Conflict and Rhetoric in French Policymaking, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989 p. 31 [3]
  4. ^ Frank Lee Wilson, Interest-group politics in France, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1987, p. 89 [4]
  5. ^ Peter Bramham, Leisure and urban processes: critical studies of leisure policy in Western European cities, Routledge, 1989, p.73 [5]