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Philippe Séguin

Tunisian politician

Died when: 66 years 261 days (800 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Philippe Séguin

Philippe Séguin (21 April 1943 – 7 January 2010) was a French political figure who was President of the National Assembly from 1993 to 1997 and President of the Cour des Comptes of France from 2004 to 2010.

He entered the Court of Financial Auditors in 1970, but he began a political career in the Neo-Gaullist party RPR.In 1978, he was elected to the National Assembly as a deputy for the Vosges département.

He was Mayor of Épinal between 1983 and 1997.Representing the social tradition of the Gaullism, he was Minister of Social Affairs in Jacques Chirac's cabinet, from 1986 to 1988.After Chirac's defeat at the 1988 presidential election, he allied with Charles Pasqua and criticized the abandonment of Gaullist doctrine by the RPR executive.

He accused Alain Juppé and Édouard Balladur of wanting an alignment on liberal and pro-European policies.In 1992, he played a leading role in the No campaign against the Maastricht Treaty.

On the eve of the vote he opposed President François Mitterrand in a televised debate.As president of the National Assembly from 1993 to 1997, he supported the winning candidacy of Jacques Chirac at the 1995 presidential election.

He inspired the theme of Chirac's campaign which was named "the social fracture".Their relations deteriorated when he took the lead of the RPR, after the right-wing defeat at the 1997 legislative election.

He failed to change the name of the party to "The Rally".He criticized the ascendancy of President Chirac within the party, refusing to be the leader of a "Chirac's fan-club".

He resigned in 1999 just before the European elections, leaving his deputy Nicolas Sarkozy in charge.As the RPR's official candidate, he lost the 2001 mayoral election in Paris.

Refusing the merger of the Neo-Gaullist party with the right-wing classical forces in the Union for a Popular Movement, he quit politics in 2002.

He died at the age of 66 on 7 January 2010 from a heart attack.

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