Maurice Schumann (1969)
|French Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Prime Minister||Jacques Chaban-Delmas
|Preceded by||Michel Debré|
|Succeeded by||André Bettencourt|
10 April 1911|
|Died||9 February 1998
|Alma mater||University of Paris|
Maurice Schumann (10 April 1911, Paris – 9 February 1998, Paris) was a French politician, journalist, writer, and hero of the Second World War who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Georges Pompidou in the 1960s and 1970s. Schumann was a member of the Christian democratic Popular Republican Movement.
The son of an Alsatian Jewish father and Roman Catholic mother, he studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly and the Lycée Henri-IV. He converted to his mother's faith in 1937. He once said of France's fate when suffering the Allied bombing raids, ‘….and now we are reduced to the most atrocious fate: to be killed without killing back, to be killed by friends without being able to kill our enemies’.
During a meeting of the foreign ministers of the European Community in 1969, he stated France's conditions for Britain joining the community on its third application, i.e. questions of agricultural finance had to be settled first.
- Interview about the French nuclear program for the WGBH series, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
|Minister of Scientific Research and Atomic and Space Questions
Christian de La Malène
|Minister of Social Affairs
|Minister of Foreign Affairs