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Philippe Morillon

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Philippe Morillon
Born (1935-10-24) 24 October 1935 (age 88)
EducationÉcole spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (1956)
Supelec (1964)
French Army Staff College (1974)
Occupation(s)French general
Member of the European Parliament

Philippe Morillon (French pronunciation: [filip mɔʁijɔ̃]; born 24 October 1935) is a former French general and was a Member of the European Parliament until 2009. He was elected on the Union for French Democracy ticket with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group. On 23 July 2004 he was elected Chair of the Committee on Fisheries.

Before turning to politics he was an army General, and commanded the United Nations Forces in Bosnia (1992-1993). In Srebrenica, Bosniak survivors fled into three eastern enclaves where the Bosnian republican army had resisted: Goražde, Žepa and Srebrenica, their populations swelled by displaced deportees, cowering, bombarded relentlessly and largely cut off from supplies of food and medicine. The population of Srebrenica swelled from 9,000 to 70,000, and by March 1993 the situation was sufficiently horrific that Philippe Morillon led a convoy into the battered pocket and, appalled, promised: “You are now under the protection of the UN forces. I will never abandon you.” The UN duly proclaimed Srebrenica as one of six “safe areas” to be defended by the United Nations Protection Force (our emphasis), or Unprofor. In July 1995, 8000 Bosnian men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica.[1]

After Bosnia, Morillon commanded the Rapid Reaction Force, after which he retired with the rank of général de corps d'armée. He is a Grand Officer of the Légion d'honneur.

In September 2010, Morillon was denied access to Srebrenica Genocide memorial by Bosniak women who believed that he had allowed the Srebrenica massacre.



  • 1984-1986: Military expert, National Assembly
  • 1988-1990: Member of the National Assembly Delegation for International Relations
  • 1993: Adviser to the government, Ministry of Defence
  • 1992-1993: Commander of the United Nations Forces in Bosnia
  • 1994-1996: Commander of the Rapid Reaction Force
  • 1999-2009: Member of the European Parliament
  • President of the association L'envol pour les enfants européens
  • Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour

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  1. ^ "How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate". TheGuardian.com. 4 July 2015.

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