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steel executive , French government official

Francis Paul Mer, former French government official, steel executive. Engineer mining corporations. Decorated Commander Legion of Honor, Commander National Order Merit (France). Member Federation Française de l'Acier (president 1988-2002), Association National Research Technique (president 1991-2002), Entreprise pour l'Environment (president).


Mer, Francis Paul was born on May 25, 1939 in Pau, Basses-Pyrénées, France. Son of René and Yvonne (Casalta) Mer.


Student, École Polytech. Diploma, School Mines. Degree in economics.


Mining engineer directorate mines Minister Industry Government France, 1966, technical consultant guarantees, Council Agreements Abidjan, 1967-1968, deputy office secretary general interministerial committee on questions European economic cooperative, 1969-1970. Head planning Saint-Gobain Industries, 1971. Director planning Compagnie Saint-Gobain-Pont-à-Mousson, 1973, managing director, 1974—1978, deputy managing director, 1978-1982.

President, chairman Pont-à-Mousson S.A., 1982-1986. Director division canalisations and mechanics Group Saint-Gobain, 1982-1986. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer USINOR, since 1986.

Minister economy, finances and industry French Government, 2002—2004. Chair International Iron and Steel Institute, 1997—1998. Board director Rhodia SA, France, since 2004.


  • Engineer mining corporations.


Member Federation Française de l'Acier (president), Association Nationale de la Recherche Technique (president since 1991), Center d'Etudes et d'Informations Internationales (president since 1995).


Married Catherine Bonfils, July 6, 1964. Children: Grégoria, Suzanne, Renéest.

René Mer

Yvonne (Casalta) Mer

Catherine Bonfils

Grégoria Mer

Suzanne Mer

Renéest Mer