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Yvon BOURGES

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Yvon BOURGES, French Senator. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour; Chevalier of the Palmes Académiques (for services to education); various foreign decorations.

Background

BOURGES, Yvon was born on June 29, 1921 in Pau, Pyrénées Atlantiques, France. Parents: Bourges and Nancy Bourges (née Dardenne).

Education

University of Rennes, Faculty of Law, first degree, 1939. Second degree, public law. Bar examination, 1943.

Spoken languages: English.

Career

Mayor ofDinard, 1962-1989. Deputy for Ille et Vilaine, 1962-1980. Departmental Councillor for Dinard canton, 1964-1988.

Secretary of State for scientific research and atomic and space affairs, 1965-1966. Secretary of State for Information, 1966-1967. Secretary of State in the Foreign Office, with responsibility for Cooperation, 1967-1972.

Minister of Trade and Crafts, 1972-1973. Deputy, 1973-1975; Member of European Parliament (founder and Chairman of Progressive European Democrat Group), 1973-1975. Minister of Defence, 1975-1980.

Senator for Ille et Vilaine, since 1980. Chairman of Regional Council for Brittany, since 1986. Principal Private Secretary to Prefect of Somme, 1944.

Principal Private Secretary to Prefect of Bas-Rhin. Sub-Prefect of Erstein, 1947. Principal Private Secretary to High Commissioner of French Equatorial Africa, 1948, French West Africa, 1951.

Governor of Upper Volta, 1956. High Commissioner of French Equatorial Africa, 1958. Principal Private Secretary to Minister of the Interior, 1961-1962.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Various newspaper articles.

Religion

Roman Catholic.

Membership

Clubs: French Automobile Club.

Connections

Spouse Odile Fontaine, 1943. Children: Véronique, Sophie, Patrice, Gilles, Béatrice.

father:
Jacques Bourges

mother:
Nancy Dardenne

spouse:
Odile Fontaine