He was a private chief of staff of François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic, from 1989 to 1991, and became chief of defense of the French Armed Forces from 1991 to 1995. It was also during this period that the Rwandan Genocide took place in 1994.
Lanxade is also a former ambassador to Tunisia. As of 2008, he is the chairman of the Académie de Marine, and President of the Mediterranean Foundation for Strategic Research. He is also a member of the international committee of patronage of the French journal Politique américaine, dedicated to the study of internal and international stratagems of the United States.
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24 April 1991 – 8 September 1995
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