Albin Chalandon in 1973, then deputy of Hauts-de-Seine. - AFP

A "great servant" of the Republic. It is with these words that the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, announced the death and saluted the memory of one of his predecessors, Albin Chalandon. The ex-CEO of Elf-Aquitaine and therefore former Minister of Justice was 100 years old, and had led a career as both a politician and a businessman.

With the death of Albin Chalandon, France loses one of its Liberation fighters, the Republic one of its great servants and the Ministry of Justice one of its former Guards.
At this moment, I think with emotion of his wife, his children and his relatives.

- Eric Dupond-Moretti (@E_DupondM) July 30, 2020

Born June 11, 1920 in Reyrieux (Ain), graduate in letters, Albin Chalandon joined the Resistance and participated in the Liberation of Paris in 1944. After the Finance inspectorate, he became a member of Léon Blum's cabinet, then president of the provisional government. He then became involved in political life and joined the RPF (Gaullist) in 1948. Then in 1952, he created the Commercial Bank of Paris, which he chaired from 1964 to 1968.

Industry, Housing, then Justice

Returning to politics in 1958 with General de Gaulle, he became Secretary General of the UNR (1958-1959), then Deputy Secretary General of the UDR (1974-1975). Deputy for Hauts-de-Seine (1968 then 1973), he was elected deputy for the North in 1986 but gave up his electoral mandate to enter the government. Minister of Industry under Georges Pompidou from May to July 1968, he was Minister of Equipment and Housing in the Couve de Murville (1968-1969) and Chaban-Delmas (1969-1972) governments.

It was in 1969 that he had the idea of ​​offering inexpensive single-family homes to the poorest households. About 65,000 "chalandonnettes" were built between 1970 and 1972. But some encountered technical problems, causing the dissatisfaction of their owners.

At the head of Elf-Aquitaine

Albin Chalandon then became president of the nationalized group Elf-Aquitaine (1977-1983). He was removed from it after the left came to power for wanting to oppose the restructuring plan for French heavy chemicals. Appointed Keeper of the Seals in 1986 in the cohabitation government of Jacques Chirac, Albin Chalandon is the symbol of a security policy. In 2010, he was taken into custody in connection with the Visionex affair, a company suspected of manufacturing internet terminals allowing illegal betting and targeted by an investigation in which his son was indicted.

Mentors of the former Minister of Justice Rachida Dati, Grand'Croix of the Legion of Honor and Croix-de-Guerre 1939-1945, Albin Chalandon was the father of three children. He shared the life of journalist Catherine Nay.


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