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Michel Debré
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Member of the National Assembly
In office
26 November 1962 – 14 May 1988
Constituency Réunion
French Minister of Defence
In office
22 June 1969 – 5 April 1973
Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas,
Pierre Messmer
Preceded by Pierre Messmer
Succeeded by Robert Galley
French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
31 May 1968 – 16 June 1969
Prime Minister Georges Pompidou,
Maurice Couve de Murville
Preceded by Maurice Couve de Murville
Succeeded by Maurice Schumann
French Minister of Finances
In office
8 January 1966 – 31 May 1968
Prime Minister Georges Pompidou
Preceded by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Succeeded by Maurice Couve de Murville
Prime Minister of France
In office
8 January 1959 – 14 April 1962
President Charles de Gaulle
Preceded by Charles de Gaulle
Succeeded by Georges Pompidou
Personal details
Born
Michel Jean-Pierre Debré

(1912-01-15)15 January 1912
Paris, France
Died 2 August 1996(1996-08-02) (aged 84)
Montlouis-sur-Loire, Indre-et-Loire, France
Political party Radical-Socialist Party
(1934–1947)
Rally of the French People
(1947–1955)
Union for the New Republic
(1958–1968)
Union of Democrats for the Republic
(1968–1976)
Rally for the Republic
(1976–1988)
Spouse(s)
Anne-Marie Lemaresquier (m. 1936)
Children Vincent (b. 1939)
François (b. 1942)
Bernard (b. 1944)
Jean-Louis (b. 1944)
Alma mater École Libre des Sciences Politiques
University of Paris
Occupation Lawyer
Awards Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg Legion of Honour
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg War Cross
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Vichy France
 Free France
Branch/service  France Army
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Commissioner of the Republic
Lieutenant
Unit French Cavalry
Battles/wars World War II
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Michel Jean-Pierre Debré (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl dəbʁe]; 15 January 1912 – 2 August 1996) was a French politician. He was the first Prime Minister of the French Fifth Republic. He has been called the "father" of the current Constitution of France. He worked with President Charles de Gaulle from 1959 to 1962.


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