Paul Vanden Boeynants
|Paul Vanden Boeynants|
Paul Vanden Boeynants in 1966
|Prime Minister of Belgium|
20 October 1978 – 3 March 1979
|Preceded by||Leo Tindemans|
|Succeeded by||Wilfried Martens|
19 March 1966 – 17 July 1968
|Preceded by||Pierre Harmel|
|Succeeded by||Gaston Eyskens|
|Minister of Defense|
|Prime Minister||Gaston Eyskens
|Preceded by||Paul Willem Segers|
|Succeeded by||José Desmarets|
22 May 1919|
|Died||9 January 2001
|Political party||Humanist Democratic Centre|
Paul Emile François Henri Vanden Boeynants (pronounced [ˈpʌul vɑndɛn ˈbuinɑnts]; 22 May 1919 – 9 January 2001) was a Belgian politician. He served as the 41st Prime Minister of Belgium for two brief periods (1966–68 and 1978–79).
Vanden Boeynants (called "VDB" by journalists) was born in Forest / Vorst, a municipality in the Brussels-Capital Region. Active as a businessman in the meat industry, he was a Representative for the PSC-CVP between 1949 and 1979. From 1961 to 1966 he led the Christian democrat PSC-CVP (which was in those days a single party). He led the CEPIC, its conservative fraction.
Vanden Boeynants served as minister for the middle class (1958-1961). In 1966, he became Prime Minister of Belgium; he stayed in this post for two years. From 1972-1979 he served as minister of defense. In 1978–1979 he led another Belgian government. Vanden Boeynants then served as chairman of the PSC (1979-1981). He left politics in 1995, and died of pneumonia after undergoing cardiovascular surgery in 2001.
One of his famous words, in a unique mixture of Dutch and French: Trop is te veel en te veel is trop. ("too many is too much and too much is too many").
Convicted in 1986 for fraud and tax evasion, Vanden Boeynants escaped jail but was sentenced to three years' probation. This prevented him from pursuing mayoral aspirations in Brussels. He underwent a political rehabilitation during the early 1990s.
In a bizarre incident that is still the subject of dispute, Vanden Boeynants was kidnapped on 14 January 1989 by members of the Haemers criminal gang. Three days later, the criminals published a note in the leading Brussels newspaper Le Soir, demanding 30 million Belgian francs in ransom. Vanden Boeynants was released (physically unharmed) a month later, on 13 February, when an undisclosed ransom was paid to the perpetrators. Patrick Haemers, the head of the gang, later committed suicide in prison, whereas two members of his gang managed to escape from the St-Gillis Prison in 1993.
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- Paul DEBOGNE, Les Amis de Paul Vanden Boeynants et leurs Affaires, Ed. Vie Ouvrière, Brussel, 1970.
- R. STUYCK, Paul Vanden Boeynants, boeman of supermen?, Brussels, 1973.
- Els CLEEMPUT & Alain GUILLAUME, La rançon d'une vie. Paul Vanden Boeynants 30 jours aux mains de Patrick Haemers, Brussels, 1990.
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- P. HAVAUX & P. MARLET, Sur la piste du crocodile, Brussels, 1994.
- Armand DE DECKER, In memoriam Paul Vanden Boeynants, Belgian Senate, 18 January 2001.
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