He was born on 8 March 1950 in Vichy. After completing his doctorate in medicine at the University of Paris, he worked as a hospital intern. In 1973, Malhuret participated in some voluntary overseas work with Coopération Française, before being employed by the World Health Organisation.
Malhuret was elected president of Médecins Sans Frontières in 1977. Malhuret's humanitarian aid was beginning to be noticed, and in 1978 he became the President of France's overseas relief agency. He was the Secretary of State for Human Rights from 1986 to 1988 in the French government.
Malhuret was elected mayor of Vichy and President of the Vichy Urban District in 1989. He initiated a massive programme to modernize and restore the glory of the town, alongside other economic partners. This included the construction of a vast pedestrian area, upgrading of various hotels and renovation of the spas and Opera House.
Malhuret stepped down to Vice-President of the Vichy Urban District in 2001, but remains the mayor of Vichy.
He was elected to the French senate on 28 September 2014.
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- "Entretien avec Claude Malhuret Président de Doctissimo" (in French). Medcost. 30 May 2000. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- "M. Claude Malhuret" (in French). Senate of France.
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