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Jacques Michel Pierre Chaban-Delmas

politician , deputy

Jacques Pierre Michel CHABAN-DELMAS, French Deputy. Commander of the Legion of Honour; Companion of the Liberation; Military Cross 1939-1945; Resistance Rosette; Commander of Virtuti Militari (Poland); Commander of the Legion of Merit of the United States; Commander of the Order of Leopold II (Belgium); Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain); Sash of the Yugoslav Star.


CHABAN-DELMAS, Jacques Pierre Michel was born on March 7, 1915 in Paris, France. Parents: Pierre Delmas and Georgette Delmas (née Barrouin).


Lakanal High School; Faculty of Law, Paris, first degree. Independent School of Political Sciences, diploma. Second degree in political economy and public law.


Attaché, Ministry of Industrial Production, 1941. Deputy, 1946; Treasury Inspector, 1943. Member of military delegation of provision government of French Republic, 1943.

National Military Delegate, responsible for nationwide military coordination, 1944. Brigadier, 1944; Head of Army General Inspectorate, 1944. Treasury Inspector, 1945.

Secretary-General of Ministry of Information, 1945-1946. Honorary Brigadier, 1946. Treasury Inspector on detachment, 1946.

Deputy for Gironde, 194661. Mayor of Bordeaux, since 1947. Chairman, 1967, then 1st Vice-Chairman, Council of Urban Community of Bordeaux, 1977.

Chairman and Managing Director, Saemico (mixed economy construction company), 1970. Ex-Chmn., Social Republican Group, National Assembly. Minister of Public Works under Mendès-France, 1954, resigned and resumed post, 1954-1955.

Minister of State under Guy Mollet, 1956-1957. Minister of National Defence under Félix Gaillard, 1957-1958. Member of central committee of Union for the New Republic, 1958.

Re-elected Deputy UNR for Gironde, 2nd constituency. Bordeaux III and IV, 1959-1970. Re-elected Deputy for Bordeaux, following partial election.

1970; Chairman of National Assembly, 1958-1969. Chairman of Commission for Regional Economic Development (Coder), for Aquitaine, 1964, resigned 1969. Prime Minister, 1969-1972.

Treasury Inspector, 1973. Deputy Rassemblement pour la République (Rally for the Republic) for Gironde, since 1973. Chairman of National Assembly, 197881 and 1986-1988.

Candidate for President of the Republic, 1974. Chairman of Regional Council for Aquitaine, 1974-1979 and 1985-1988. Journalist, l’Information, 1933.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis (1965 mens doubles finalist in national championship, veteran mens doubles champion in French Internationals, 1970. Rugby (ex-international), golf.


Married Odette Hamelin (divorced). Children: Valerie, Christian, Christian. Married Marie-Antoinette Ion (deceased).

1 child Jean-Jacques. Married Micheline Chavelet, September 24, 1971.

Pierre Delmas Chaban-Delmas

Georgette (Barrouin) Chaban-Delmas

Odette Hamelin

Marie-Antoinette Ion

Micheline Chavelet

Valerie Chaban-Delmas

Christian Chaban-Delmas

Christian Chaban-Delmas

Jean-Jacques Chaban-Delmas