He was elected to the Swiss Federal Council on 16 December 1954 and handed over office on 31 December 1966. He resigned on 28 November 1966 due to the Mirage-affair. He was affiliated to the Radical Party. During his office time he held the Military Department.
He was President of the Confederation twice in 1959 and 1962.
Owing to incompetent military advisors concerning the purchase of 100 Mirage fighter jets with a budget which increased by 66% he was forced to resign in 1966, by his own Radical Party.
With Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, he was probably one of the last true Swiss Radicals. He remained, throughout his life, one of the rare right wing Swiss politicians who was able to identify with both wine-growers and farmers.
The Radical Party has now fused with the right-wing Liberals.
- Paul Chaudet in the Dodis database of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland
- Paul Chaudet in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
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