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Claude Cheysson

Claude Cheysson
French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
President François Mitterrand
Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy
Laurent Fabius
Preceded by Jean François-Poncet
Succeeded by Roland Dumas
Personal details
Born (1920-04-13)13 April 1920
Paris, France
Died 15 October 2012(2012-10-15) (aged 92)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater École Polytechnique, ÉNA

Claude Cheysson (13 April 1920 – 15 October 2012) was a French Socialist politician who served as Foreign Minister in the government of Pierre Mauroy from 1981 to 1984.[1]


Cheysson was born in Indonesia from 1966 to 1969.

In 1973, Cheysson was appointed as the French European Commissioner. His first post, which he held until 1977, was in charge of development policy, cooperation, budgets, and financial control. From 1977 until 1981, he took on the development portfolio.

In 1981 he left the Commission, and became a member of the French Government as Foreign Minister until 1984. He obtained to change the name of the ministry in Ministry of the External Relations, nevertheless the previous name was re-established in 1986. He joined the Delors Commission, where he was responsible for and Mediterranean policy and North-South relations, from 1985 to 1989.


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  2. ^ "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean François-Poncet
Minister of External Affairs
Succeeded by
Roland Dumas
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