Léo Collard

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Léo Collard
Leo Collard 1968.jpg
Collard, pictured in 1968
Born (1902-07-11)11 July 1902
Aulnois, Belgium
Died 27 January 1981(1981-01-27) (aged 78)
Mons, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation politician
Known for Mayor of Mons

Léo Collard (11 July 1902 – 27 January 1981) was a Belgian politician in the Belgian Socialist Party (PSB–BSP) who served as minister of public education (1946 and 1954–1958) and Mayor of Mons (1953–1974).

In 1955, Collard tried to defund non-state schools and reverse an increase in teachers' pay brought in by the previous Christian Social Party government, while massively expanding state-owned schools. This led to the most violent phase of political conflict over educational funding in post-war Belgium, known as the Second School War, in which the Christian Social Party and the Catholic Church pressed for parity between free and state-run education.[1] Collard also introduced a requirement that all teachers be officially certified, making many priests and members of religious orders already working as teachers ineligible for the positions they held.

In 1963 Leo Collard was appointed Minister of State.


  1. ^ "Belgium: Down with Collard!". TIME. 4 April 1955. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 

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