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
PresidentJacques Chirac
Preceded byJean-Pierre Raffarin
Succeeded byFrançois Fillon
Minister of the Interior
In office
31 March 2004 – 31 May 2005
Prime MinisterJean-Pierre Raffarin
Preceded byNicolas Sarkozy
Succeeded byNicolas Sarkozy
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 May 2002 – 31 March 2004
Prime MinisterJean-Pierre Raffarin
Preceded byHubert Védrine
Succeeded byMichel Barnier
Personal details
Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin

(1953-11-14) 14 November 1953 (age 70)
Rabat, French Morocco
Political partyRépublique Solidaire
Other political
Rally for the Republic (prior to 2002)
UMP (2002-2010)
Spouse(s)Marie-Laure de Villepin
RelationsXavier de Villepin (father)
ChildrenMarie de Villepin
Arthur de Villepin
Victoire de Villepin
Alma materIEP de Paris
École nationale d'administration
Pantheon-Assas University
Université Paris X Nanterre
Civil Servant

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "France ex-PM Villepin cleared of Sarkozy smear", BBC News, 28 January 2010
  2. "Démission du gouvernement: communiqué. – Présidence de la République". 21 December 2009. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010.