Corps des mines
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The Corps des mines is the foremost of the technical Grand Corps of the French State (grands corps de l'Etat). It is formed of the State Engineers of the Mines. The Corps is attached to the French ministry in charge of economy, industry and employment. Its purpose is to entice the brightest French students in mathematics and physics to serve the government and train them for executive careers in France.
People entering the Corps are educated at the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris, also known as Mines ParisTech, with a special curriculum distinct from that of ordinary students. Each year, the Corps recruits between 10 and 20 new members. Most of them are from École polytechnique; these are known as X-Mines and are usually among the top 10 students of École polytechnique; others come from École normale supérieure (ENS), Télécom ParisTech (former ENST) or the regular curriculum of the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris. Upon graduation, most X-Mines hold executive positions in the French administration or in the private sector.
Being admitted to the Corps des Mines program is considered a significant fast-track for executive careers in France.
Former Corps members
The following are alumni of the school:
- Maurice Allais, 1988 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
- Charles de Freycinet, prime minister of France at the end of the 19th century
- Henri Poincaré, Nineteenth century mathematician and scientist.
- Conrad Schlumberger, founder with his brother Marcel of the Société de Prospection Electrique, that became later Schlumberger Limited
- Jacques Aschenbroich, CEO of Valeo
- Jean-Louis Beffa, CEO of Saint-Gobain
- Jacques Biot, president of École Polytechnique
- Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO of BNP Paribas
- Patrice Caine, CEO of Thales Group
- Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay, Chairman of Rhodia
- Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Électricité de France
- Isabelle Kocher, CEO of Engie
- Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total
- Luc Oursel, CEO of Areva
- Denis Ranque, Chairman of Airbus, former CEO of Thales Group
- Thierry Desmarest, former CEO of Total
- Jean-Martin Folz, former CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën
- Noël Forgeard, former CEO of Airbus and EADS
- Anne Lauvergeon, former CEO of Areva
- Francis Mer, former CEO of Usinor and former Minister of Finances
- Pierre Pringuet, former CEO of Pernod Ricard
- Jean Syrota, former CEO of Cogema
- "Jacques Nicolas BIOT (né en 1952)". Les Annales des Mines. Retrieved November 1, 2016.