Antoinette Spaak

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Antoinette Spaak
President of the Parliament of the French Community
In office
2 February 1988 – 6 January 1992
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Grafé
Succeeded by Anne-Marie Corbisier Hagon
Personal details
Born (1928-06-27) 27 June 1928 (age 90)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Political party Reformist Movement

Antoinette M. Spaak (born 27 June 1928) is a Belgian politician.


Daughter of former Prime Minister of Belgium Paul-Henri Spaak, granddaughter of the first female member of the Belgian Senate Marie Janson, and great-niece of Prime Minister Paul-Émile Janson, Spaak was born into a leading Belgian political family. After the death of her father, she joined the Democratic Front of Francophones (FDF), rising to become the leader of the party from 1977 to 1982, the first Belgian woman to lead a political party. She was a member of the European Parliament from 1977 to 1982, and again from 1994 to 1999.

She headed the Parliament of the French Community of Belgium from 1988 to 1992. In the 1990s, together with Jean Gol and Louis Michel, she was in the vanguard of the movement which led to the fusion of the FDF, the Liberal Reformist Party (PRL), and the Citizens' Movement for Change (MCC), to create the Reformist Movement (MR). She was appointed an honorary Minister of State in 1983.


  • Piette, Valérie, "JANSON, Marie (1873–1960) in Éliane Gubin, Catherine Jacques, Valérie Piette & Jean Puissant (eds), Dictionnaire des femmes belges: XIXe et XXe siècles. Bruxelles: Éditions Racine, 2006. ISBN 2-87386-434-6
  • Biography at the website of the FDF (last accessed 2010-01-16)
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Grafé
President of the Parliament of the French Community
Succeeded by
Anne-Marie Corbisier Hagon