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Paul GRAZIANI, French Senator. Officer of the Legion of Honour; Officer of the National Order of Merit; Officer of the Palmes académiques (for services to education); various French and foreign decorations.


GRAZIANI, Paul was born on February 14, 1925 in Barbezieux. Charente. France. Parents: Jean-Augustin Graziani and Jeanne Graziani (née Ottavi).


Digne College; Coulommiers College. Nogent-le-Rotrou College. Ajaccio High School; Faculties of Law of Aix-en-Provence and Paris, first degree.

Institute of Political Studies, Paris.


Deputy Inspector, Directorate of Registration, Corsica, 1946. Assistant to Secretary of State for the Navy, Jacques Gavini. 1951; on detachment to office of Minister of Defence, then Minister of Justice, Emmanuel Temple, 1954.

Town Councillor for Ajaccio, 1954-1971. Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State, office of Chairman of the Council, Lépold Senghor, 1955. On detachment to office of Minister for Overseas Departments, Bernard Cornut-Gentille, 1958.

On secondment as Deputy Director of Information, Ministry for Overseas Departments, 1958. On detachment to General Secretariat of the Community. 1959; Consul General of France in Bamako.

1960; on detachment to office of Minister of Co-operation, Georges Gorse, 1962. Deputy Director of Office of Co-operation and University Exchanges, 1965. Prinicipal Private Secretary to Minister of Information, Georges Gorse, 1967.

Departmental Councillor for BoulogneBillancourt, since 1967. Vice-Chairman, 1970, Chairman, since 1982, of Departmental Council for Hauts-de-Seine. Vice-Chairman of Assembly of Chairmen of French Departmental Councils, since 1982.

Rejoined Ministry of Economy and Finance, Civil Administrator at Central Market Commission, 1971. 1st Deputy Mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, since 1971. Administrator of Paris Region District, 1972-1976.

Deputy, Rally for the Republic, for Hauts-de-Seine, 10th constituency, 1973-1978. Regional Councillor for Ile-de-France, 1977-1982. Senator for Hauts-de-Seine, replacing Charles Pasqua on his entry to government, 1986.

Elected Senator Rassemblement pour la République (Rally for the Republic) for Hauts-deSeine, 1986. Founder and Chairman, since 1986, of Institute of Decentralisation.


  • Le Nouveau pouvoir, essai sur la décentralisation, 1985.


Clubs: Chairman, since 1987, French Language Foundation.


Spouse Toussainte Marcangeli, 1951. Children: Jean.