Pierre Mazeaud

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Pierre Mazeaud
President of the Constitutional Council
In office
August 9, 2004 May 16, 2007
Appointed by Jacques Chirac
Preceded by Yves Guéna
Succeeded by Jean-Louis Debré
Secretary of State for Sports and Youth Affairs
In office
President Georges Pompidou
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Prime Minister Pierre Messmer
Jacques Chirac
Preceded by Joseph Comiti
Succeeded by Jean-Pierre Soisson
Personal details
Born (1929-08-24) 24 August 1929 (age 91)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Political party RPR
Alma mater University of Paris

Pierre Mazeaud (born 24 August 1929) is a French jurist, politician and alpinist.


In February 2004, [1] he was appointed president of the Constitutional Council of France by President of France Jacques Chirac, replacing Yves Guéna, until he was succeeded by Jean-Louis Debré in February 2007. He had been a member of the council since February 1998. [2] [3]

Pierre Mazeaud has a doctorate in law from the University of Paris (on marriage and the condition of the married woman in ancient Rome).

From 1961 to 1964, he was a member of the judiciary. In 1976, he became a counsellor in the Council of State, a position from which he retired on 25 August 1995. [4] During the 1970s, he held subordinate governmental positions regarding sports.

Pierre Mazeaud's main hobby is alpinism, which he practiced at high level. On 11 July 1961, Mazeaud and other fellow climbers almost died in the Mont Blanc massif due to an unexpected storm. [5]

On 15 October 1978 he became the first Frenchman to climb Mount Everest together with Jean Afanassieff, Nicolas Jaeger and Kurt Diemberger (from Austria).

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  1. Decision of the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac, of 27 February 2004, appointing Pierre Mazeaud as president of the Constitutional council
  2. http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/WAspad/UnTexteDeJorf?numjo=HRUX9802713S Decision of the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac, of 21 February 1998, appointing Pierre Mazeaud to the Constitution Council, replacing Maurice Faure.
  3. Decision of the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac, of 23 February 2007, appointing Jean-Louis Debré as president of the Constitutional council.
  4. Decree of the president of the Republic of 5 August 1995, admitting Pierre Mazeaud into retirement from the Council of State
  5. Le Monde , 22 July 2005, Mazeaud et la loi de la survie , by Charlie Buffet
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Preceded by
Yves Guéna
President of the Constitutional Council
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Debré