Pierre Sudreau

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Pierre Sudreau[1][2][3]
Pierre Sudreau, Blois.JPG
Minister for Building Works
Ministre de la Construction
In office
1 June 1958 – 15 April 1962
PresidentRené Coty
Charles de Gaulle
Prime MinisterCharles de Gaulle
Michel Debré
Education Minister
Ministre de l'Éducation Nationale
In office
15 April 1962 – 15 October 1962
PresidentCharles de Gaulle
Prime MinisterGeorges Pompidou
Preceded byLucien Paye
Succeeded byLouis Joxe
Member of the French National Assembly
for Loir-et-Cher
In office
President of Loir-et-Cher
In office
Mayor of Blois
In office
Succeeded byJack Lang
Personal details
Born(1919-05-13)13 May 1919
Paris, France
Died22 January 2012(2012-01-22) (aged 92)
Paris, France
Political partyPDM (1967–1973)
RCDS (1973–1978)
UDF (1978–1981)
Spouse(s)Francette Brun Sudreau
ChildrenJean Sudreau (deceased)
Anne Sudreau O'Connor (deceased)
Bernard Sudreau
ParentsJean Sudreau
Marie-Marguerite Boyer Sudreau

Pierre Sudreau (13 May 1919 – 22 January 2012) was a French politician. His childhood correspondence with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944) helped inspire the title character of the 1943 novel The Little Prince.[4]


Sudreau was born in Paris, the son of businessman Jean Sudreau and Marie-Marguerite (née Boyer) Sudreau.[5]

He announced his resignation as French Education Minister in October 1962 in protest against a proposal by Charles de Gaulle to amend the constitution.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to France Brun; they had three children: Jean Sudreau (predeceased), Anne Sudreau O'Connor (predeceased), and Bernard Sudreau.[5] His son Jean died of lung cancer and was married to Danièle Louis-Dreyfus, daughter of French Resistance fighter and businessman Pierre Louis-Dreyfus.[8]


  • 1967 L'enchaînement (Plon)
  • 1980 La stratégie de l'absurde (Plon)
  • 1985 De l'inertie politique (éditions Stock)
  • 1991 Au-delà de toutes les frontières


  • Christiane Rimbaud, Pierre Sudreau, Le Cherche Midi, 2004


  1. ^ "Pierre Sudreau, ancien grand résistant, est mort". Le Monde. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ "L'ancien ministre Pierre Sudreau est mort". Le Figaro. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Décès du grand résistant Pierre Sudreau". Libération. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Pierre Sudreau". The Telegraph. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Who's Who in france: "Pierre Sudreau" retrieved June 14, 2015
  6. ^ "EDUCATION MINISTER RESIGNS IN FRANCE". New York Times. 9 October 1962. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  7. ^ "De Gaulle Opponents Build Up Pressure". Christian Science Monitor. 8 October 1962. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  8. ^ Pepperdine Law Magazine: "Making Her Own Way - Laure Sudreau-Rippe discusses the highs and lows of her success as a lawyer and her determination to save her husband's life" Spring - Summer 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lucien Paye
Minister of National Education
Succeeded by
Louis Joxe