Michel Debré

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Debré, Michel


Born Jan. 15, 1912, in Paris. French statesman and political leader. Lawyer.

During World War II, Debré took part in the French Resistance movement. From 1943 to 1944 he was assistant delegate to the French Committee of National Liberation (later the Provisional Government) in French territory occupied by the Hitlerites. He was one of the leaders of the Gaullist parties—the Union of French People (1947-54) and the Union for the New Republic (created in 1958 and renamed the Union of Democrats for the Republic in 1968). Debré was one of the drafters of the new Constitution of France, which was adopted in 1958 and which significantly broadened the powers of the president. From June 1958 to January 1959 he was minister of justice in the De Gaulle government. From 1959 to 1962 he was premier, from 1966 to 1968, minister of economy and finance, from 1968 to 1969, minister of foreign affairs, and from 1969 to 1973, minister of defense.

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Chapter Six compares the contrasting visions of two of the most important Republican postwar reformers: Pierre Mendes France, who maintained a fierce commitment to popular democracy from the bottom up, and Michel Debre, de Gaulle's most loyal lieutenant, who had a more Jacobin outlook upon the exercise of executive power.
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Situant les responsabilites dans un massacre que d'aucuns qualifient de crime d'Etat, le film pointe du doigt Michel Debre, Premier ministre sous la presidence de Charles de Gaule, qui declarait qu'en [beaucoup moins que]Algerie, nous retablissons l'ordre, ce que nous entendons par ordre francais[beaucoup plus grand que].
"It's not the first time that DSK is involved in this kind of actions at the Sofitel," said Michel Debre, an outspoken MP from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party - a rival to Strauss-Kahn's Socialists.
Without providing proof, conservative lawmaker Michel Debre alleged that the potential French Socialist presidential candidate had victimized several maids at the Sofitel hotel.
Political rival Michel Debre claimed: "It's not the first time he was involved in this kind of actions at the Sofitel."
The prime minister, Michel Debre, was sent to Algiers, but the rebels treated him contemptuously, and he flew back empty handed.
enjeux ideologiques et politiques du ministre Michel Debre, principal
Writers ranging from Constantin Melnik, the former special adviser on security to French premier Michel Debre, to Daniel Ellsberg, a hawkish RAND analyst who later turned against the war in Vietnam, described this as akin to judo, whereby the extraordinary power of the modern state is turned against itself.
Mande, Olivier Debre (brother of politician Michel Debre) created two controversial windows of glass painted to resemble a blue-and-white curtain.
Rohr, for example, finds Michel Debre, de Gaulle's minister of justice, celebrating personal ambition in rather Hamiltonian terms.
Written collectively - and anonymously - the twelve-page short story entitled "Deuxieme Debre" (a pun not only on "second degree," but also on the fact that the interior minister is the son of the late prime minister Michel Debre) was distributed free of charge at the Paris book fair.