Michel Jobert

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Michel Jobert
French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 April 1973 – 28 May 1974
President Georges Pompidou
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Preceded by André Bettencourt
Succeeded by Jean Sauvagnargues
Chief of Staff of President of France
In office
President Georges Pompidou
Preceded by Bernard Beck
Succeeded by Édouard Balladur
Personal details
Born (1921-09-11)11 September 1921
Meknes, Morocco
Died 25 May 2002(2002-05-25) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Sciences Po, ÉNA

Michel Jobert (11 September 1921 – 25 May 2002) was a French politician of the left-wing Gaullist orientation. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Georges Pompidou, and as Minister of External Commerce under François Mitterrand.

Henry Kissinger believed he was "an idiot" and a "bad" foreign minister.[1] Jobert died on 25 May 2002 in Paris, aged 80.[2]

Political offices
Preceded by
André Bettencourt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Jean Sauvagnargues
Preceded by
Michel Cointat
Minister of External Commerce
Succeeded by
Édith Cresson


  1. ^ File:Nixon, Kissinger, George Shultz, William Simon - February 9, 1974(Gerald Ford Library)(1552661).pdf, pg. 4
  2. ^ "Michel Jobert, 80, Minister Under Pompidou". The New York Times. 31 May 2002.