François Missoffe

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François Missoffe (13 October 1919 in Toulon, France – 28 August 2003 in Rouen) was a French politician and diplomat.[1][2] He was Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport ("Ministre de la Jeunesse et des Sports") in the French government between 8 January 1966 and 30 May 1968.[3]

He played a minor role in the run-up to events of May 1968 in France. On 8 January 1968, Missoffe was forced by students at the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense to abandon the inauguration of a campus swimming pool. He was interrupted while making his speech at the occasion by student leader, Daniel Cohn-Bendit in order to demand free access to the girls' dormitory.

Missoffe was Ambassador to Japan from 1964 to 1966.[2]


  1. ^ Johnson, Douglas (1 September 2003). "Obituary François Missoffe". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hervé, Nathan (29 August 2003). "Décès de François Missoffe" (in French). Libération. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Michael M. (2004-07). The imaginary revolution: Parisian students and workers in 1968. Berghahn Books. pp. 60–. ISBN 978-1-57181-685-6. Retrieved 21 September 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)