Bérégovoy, Pierre

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Bérégovoy, Pierre

(pēĕr' bārāgōvoi`), 1925–93, French politician. A leader of the Socialist party after 1969, he was an adviser (1981–82) to François MitterrandMitterrand, François Maurice
, 1916–96, French political leader, president of France, 1981–95. Initially a supporter of Pétain's Vichy government during World War II, he joined the Resistance in 1943.
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, under whose government he held several ministries, including that of economy and finance as well as budget. In 1988, when Mitterrand returned to the presidency, Bérégovoy was given the rank of minister of state. He was considered an economic realist and a capable administrator. In 1992 he replaced Edith CressonCresson, Edith
, 1934–, French politician, b. Edith Campion. After studying at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, she became a consultant in private industry.
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 as premier, but resigned in 1993.