Alain Madelin

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Alain Madelin
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Madelin in 2009
Minister of the Economy and Finance
In office
18 May 1995 26 August 1995
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Alain Juppé
Preceded by Edmond Alphandéry
Succeeded by Jean Arthuis
Personal details
Born (1946-03-26) 26 March 1946 (age 73)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party Independent Republicans (1968-1977)
Republican Party (1977-1997)
Liberal Democracy (1997-2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002-2007)
Alma mater Panthéon-Assas University

Alain Madelin (born 26 March 1946, in Paris) is a French politician.

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Madelin was minister of Industry in Prime Minister Jacques Chirac's cabinet from 1986 to 1988, a minister of Business in Prime Minister Édouard Balladur's cabinet from 1993 to 1995, [1] and a minister of Economy and Finances in Prime Minister Alain Juppé's cabinet. He resigned after only three months, citing economic policy differences with Alain Juppé. [2]

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He was a member of the National Assembly from 1978 to 2007 as representative for Ille-et-Vilaine's fourth circumscription. [1] The district includes the town of Redon, where he was mayor from 1995 until 2000. [3]

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Madelin unsuccessfully ran in 1996 for president of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), and was defeated by François Léotard. He was elected as leader of the Parti Républicain, a part of the UDF coalition, which he renamed Démocratie Libérale. In 1998, Démocratie Libérale split from the UDF. Madelin's obtained slightly less than 4% of the vote in the 2002 presidential election and merged his party into the UMP. [4] After 2002, although his former supporter Jean-Pierre Raffarin became Prime minister, and as a result of the end of Démocratie Libérale, Madelin's influence in French national politics dwindled.

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Madelin is the French major politician the most in favor of the international policies of the United States, and supported the United States-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. [5] Because of this, he has, in the past, generally been considered with favor by the US press.

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He did not seek reelection in the 2007 elections, ending his involvement in partisan politics.

Political career

Governmental functions

Minister of Industry and Tourism : 1986–1988.

Minister of Enterprise and Economic Development, small and medium enterprises, Trade and Crafts : 1993–1995.

Minister of Economy and Finance : May–August 1995 (Resignation).

Electoral mandates

European Parliament

Member of European Parliament: June–November 1989 (Resignation) / 1999–2002 (Resignation). Elected in 1989, reelected in 1999.

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Ille-et-Vilaine  : 1978–1986 (Became minister in 1986) / 1988–1993 (Became minister in 1993) / 1995–2007. Elected in 1978, reelected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2002.

Regional Council

Vice-president of the Regional Council of Brittany: 1992–1998.

Regional councillor of Brittany: 1986–1998. Reelected in 1992.

General Council

General councillor of Ille-et-Vilaine: 1994–1995 (Resignation).

Municipal Council

Mayor of Redon: 1995–2001.

Municipal councillor of Redon  : 1995–2001.

Political functions

President of Liberal Democracy (France): 1997–2002.

Vice-president of the Union for French Democracy: 1991–1996.

Vice-president of the Republican Party (France): 1986–1997.

"Honorary member" of the Club de l'horloge. [6]


Madelin wrote several books and essays including: [7]

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  1. 1 2 "Biographie Alain Madelin". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. "Alain Madelin, failing for France". The Economist. 31 January 2002. ISSN   0013-0613 . Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. Publications, Europa (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. ISBN   9781857432176.
  4. "Chantre du libéralisme, Madelin désavoue le programme de Fillon". FIGARO (in French). 26 May 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. Olmastroni, Francesco (10 October 2014). Framing War: Public Opinion and Decision-Making in Comparative Perspective. Routledge. ISBN   9781317932628.
  6. See Philippe Lamy's thesis, p. 422: