François LEOTARD

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French Minister and Secretary of state (Mitterrand Government)

FrenchBorn François LEOTARD

French politician

Born on March 26, 1942 in Cannes, France , France (80 years)

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Member of the Republican Party, the liberal-conservative component of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), Léotard appeared in the foreground of the political scene in the 1980s. He led a new generation of right-wing politicians, the "renovationmen", who opposed to the old right-wing leaders Jacques Chirac and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.



Culture Minister, from 1986 to 1988, he sold the main public TV chanel TF1. He returned in the cabinet as Defense Minister, from 1993 to 1995. Supporting the candidacy of Edouard Balladur in the 1995 presidential election, he was dismissed after Chirac's election. Elected president of the UDF in 1996, he could not prevent the split of this confederation two years later with Alain Madelin's secession. This and the party's poor showing in the 1998 regional elections prompted his resignation. After a mission in Macedonia in 2001 as representative of the European Union, he retired from politics. He has since written several books.

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