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President Valery Giscard d'Estaing

President of France 1974-1981

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was President of France from 1974 until 1981. In 2004 he left partisan politics and took his seat in the Constitutional Council as a former President of the Republic. From 2002-2003 he served as President of the Convention on the Future of Europe and in 2003 he was admitted to the Académie Française. He is currently President of the CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), and a member of the French Constitutional Council.

The architect of the EU constitution

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In detail

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was born in 1926 in Koblenz. After serving in the French Resistance, he completed his studies at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He then joined the Inspection Generale des Finances in 1952 where he pursued an administrative career until 1956. From 1956 to 1974 he has held numerous elective positions and governmental functions before becoming President.

What he offers you

As a leading figure in the development of the European Union and as a former member of its parliament, President Giscard d'Estaing has been a tireless worker in his efforts to unify and strengthen the European economy. In his presentations he carefully explains the key role of France in fashioning the unified, prosperous and democratic future of Europe.

How he presents

A charismatic and engaging speaker, he draws on his vast experience at the forefront of European politics to educate and challenge audiences at leading events world-wide.


He presents in French or English.

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Speaking topics

  • The Future of Europe
  • European Politics
  • European Monetary Union
  • Leadership

Books and publications

  • 1995
    In 5 years, Year 2000
  • 1994
    Le Passage
  • 1991
    Power and Life Volume 2
  • 1988
    Power and Life
  • 1984
    Two French out of Three
  • 1976
    French Democracy

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