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Christian Pineau, 1957.

Christian Pineau (French pronunciation:  [kʁistjɑ̃ pino] ; 14 October 1904, in Chaumont-en-Bassigny, Haute-Marne, France – 5 April 1995, in Paris) [1] was a noted French Resistance fighter, who later served an important term as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1956 through 1958.


Life and career

Pineau was born in 1904 in Chaumont-en-Bassigny, Haute-Marne, France. [1] His father was a colonel in the French Army died when he was a young child. [1] His mother married again to the French playwright Jean Giraudoux. [1] Later, Christian Pineau would say that it was Giraudoux who gave him his love of writing.[ citation needed ] He was educated at the École alsacienne in Paris and graduated with degrees in law and in political science. [2] In 1931 he joined the staff of the Bank of France, and later worked for the Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas. [2] In 1937 he founded the journal Banque et Bourse. [2]

A World War II French Resistance leader who established a network called Phalanx, Pineau helped found the underground newspaper Libération . [1] [2] He was a close ally of Charles de Gaulle and went on dangerous secret missions passing communications between occupied France and the Free France headquarters in London. [1] He was arrested by the Gestapo in September 1942 but escaped. [2] He was arrested again in 1943 and evaded a death sentence through forged identity papers which hid his true identity. [1] He was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and remained there until it was liberated by American soldiers in 1945. [1] [2]

Pineau represented the Sarthe department as a Socialist in the French National Assembly from 1946 to 1958. [2] After the war, he served as a minister in French governments, 1945–1958. [2] He was minister of supply in Charles de Gaulle's government (1945) and minister of public works (1947–1950) in various governments. [2]

Christian Pineau meeting with David Ben-Gurion in Israel, January 1959 Christian Pineau-David Ben Gurion 1959.jpg
Christian Pineau meeting with David Ben-Gurion in Israel, January 1959

Pineau was finance minister for a short time in 1948.[ citation needed ] He was designated as prime minister of France by President René Coty after the February 1955 resignation of Pierre Mendès-France, but the National Assembly refused to ratify his cabinet by 312 votes against 268; his prime ministership lasted for two days between 17 and 19 February 1955.[ citation needed ]

As foreign minister (February 1956 – May 1958), Pineau was responsible for handling the Suez crisis and for signing the Treaty of Rome on behalf of France. [2] With Guy Mollet, he visited Moscow.[ citation needed ] In October 1956, he signed the Protocol of Sèvres with Great Britain and Israel on behalf of France. [2]

Pineau was a lifelong advocate of European integration.[ citation needed ]

Pineau is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.[ citation needed ]


Pineau wrote several political books and memoirs:

He also wrote children's books:

Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Ramadier
Minister of Supply
Succeeded by
François Tanguy-Prigent
Preceded by
Jules Moch
Minister of Public Works and Transport
Succeeded by
Henri Queuille
Preceded by
Paul Reynaud
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Preceded by
Henri Queuille
Minister of Public Works, Transport, and Tourism
Succeeded by
Jacques Chastellain
Preceded by
Antoine Pinay
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
René Pleven

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Wolfgang Saxon (7 April 1995). "Christian Pineau, French Hero And Foreign Minister, Dies at 90". The New York Times .
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 D.s. Bell (23 April 1995). "OBITUARY : Christian Pineau". The Independent .