Jean-Louis DEBRE

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French Minister and Secretary of state (Chirac Government), French Deputy, Senator, Constitutional Council member

FrenchBorn Jean-Louis DEBRE

French political figure

Born on September 30, 1944 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne , France (77 years)

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Debré was born in Toulouse. The son of former Prime Minister Michel Debré and the brother of politician Bernard Debré, he was member of the Neo-Gaullist party Rally for the Republic (RPR) then of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

Jean-Louis Debré, outside of politics, is a career judge.


Debré was first elected to the National Assembly in the 1986 parliamentary election; he was re-elected in 1988, 1993, 1997, and 2002 as a deputy from the first constituency of Eure. He was Minister of the Interior in Alain Juppé's governments (1995-1997), and has been criticized for having allowed the armed Corsican clandestine press conference, and was responsible for the controversial evacuation of Saint-Bernard church in Paris, which was occupied by illegal immigrants (so called sans-papiers) on hunger strikes.

He was elected as Mayor of Evreux in 2001, serving in that post until 2007.

He was leader of the RPR group in the National Assembly from 1997 to 2002 and then President of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2007. Faithful to President Chirac, he frequently criticized UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy. He resigned as President of the National Assembly three months before the end of his tenure after he was appointed as President of the Constitutional Council by Chirac on 22 February 2007. He replaced Pierre Mazeaud in the latter position.

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