Dominique de Villepin

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Dominique de Villepin
Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin on 19 June 2010 at the launching of his new party Republique Solidaire
Prime Minister of France
In office
31 May 2005 – 17 May 2007
President Jacques Chirac
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Succeeded by François Fillon
Minister of the Interior
In office
31 March 2004 – 31 May 2005
Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Preceded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Succeeded by Nicolas Sarkozy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 May 2002 – 31 March 2004
Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Preceded by Hubert Védrine
Succeeded by Michel Barnier
Personal details
Born Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin
14 November 1953 (1953-11-14) (age 61)
Rabat, French Morocco
Political party République Solidaire
Other political
affiliations
Rally for the Republic (prior to 2002)
UMP (2002-2010)
Spouse(s) Marie-Laure de Villepin
Relations Xavier de Villepin (father)
Children Marie de Villepin
Arthur de Villepin
Victoire de Villepin
Alma mater IEP de Paris
École nationale d'administration
Pantheon-Assas University
Université Paris X Nanterre
Occupation Diplomat
Civil Servant
Lawyer
Author
Religion Roman Catholic[source?]

Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin (born November 14, 1953), simply known as Dominique de Villepin, was Premier (or Prime Minister) of France from 31 May 2005 to 17 May 2007.[1] He was made Premier by Jacques Chirac after the French President removed Jean-Pierre Raffarin from the premiership. Raffarin failed to gain the support of the French people for the European Constitution.

Dominique de Villepin said that his government's most important task would be job creation. He knew that the French people were concerned about the condition of the French economy. This was one of the reasons they had voted against the European Constitution in the referendum on 29 May 2005.

On 15 May 2007, the last full day of President Jacques Chirac's term, Villepin gave his resignation from the office of Prime Minister and it was accepted by the President.[2] He was replaced two days later by François Fillon.

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