Jean Casimir Perier

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Jean Casimir-Perier
61st Prime Minister of the French Republic
In office
3 December 1893 – 30 May 1894
Preceded by Charles Dupuy
Succeeded by Charles Dupuy
6th President of the French Republic
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
27 June 1894 – 16 January 1895
Preceded by Sadi Carnot
Succeeded by Félix Faure
Personal details
Born 8 November 1847
Paris, France
Died 11 March 1907(1907-03-11) (aged 59)
Paris, France
Political party None
Spouse(s) Hélène Casimir-Perier
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Jean Paul Pierre Casimir-Perier (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ kazimiʁ pɛʁje]; 8 November 1847 – 11 March 1907) was a French politician, fifth president of the French Third Republic.

He was born in Paris, the son of Auguste Casimir-Perier and the grandson of Casimir Pierre Perier, premier of Louis Philippe. He entered public life as secretary to his father, who was minister of the interior under the presidency of Thiers.

On 17 August 1883 he became under-secretary of state for war, a post he retained until 7 January 1885. From 1890 to 1892 he was vice-president of the chamber, then in 1893 president. On 3 December he became prime-minister and foreign minister, but heresigned in May 1894, and was re-elected president of the chamber.

On 24 June 1894, after the assassination of President Carnot, he was elected president of the republic by 451 votes against 195 for Henri Brisson and 97 for Charles Dupuy. He was president for only six months. The day after Dupuy resigned, on 14 January 1895, Casimir-Perier resigned, saying he was ignored by the ministers, who did not consult him before taking decisions, and did not keep him informed upon political events, especially in foreign affairs.

From that time he completely abandoned politics, and devoted himself to business - especially mining. At the trial of Alfred Dreyfus at Rennes, Casimir-Perier's evidence, as opposed to that of General Mercier, was of great value to the cause of Dreyfus.

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Floquet
President of the Chamber of Deputies
1893
Succeeded by
Charles Dupuy
Preceded by
Charles Dupuy
Prime Minister of France
1893–1894
Succeeded by
Charles Dupuy
Preceded by
Jules Develle
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1893–1894
Succeeded by
Gabriel Hanotaux
Preceded by
Charles Dupuy
President of the Chamber of Deputies
1894
Succeeded by
Auguste Burdeau
Preceded by
Sadi Carnot
President of France
1894–1895
Succeeded by
Félix Faure

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