Michel Giraud

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Person.png Michel Giraud  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Michel Giraud.png
Born14 July 1929
Pontoise, French
Died27 October 2011 (Age 82)
PartyRassemblement pour la République
Considered to be the founding father of the Ile-de-France region.

Employment.png France/Labour Minister

In office
30 March 1993 - 11 May 1995

Employment.png Deputy to the French National Assembly

In office
25 June 1995 - 18 June 2002

Employment.png Deputy to the French National Assembly

In office
23 June 1988 - 1 April 1993

Employment.png Member of the French Senate

In office
25 September 1977 - 3 October 1988

Michel Giraud was a French politician He was notably Minister of Labor, Member of Parliament for Val-de-Marne, President of the Paris region, Île-de-France Regional Council, and President of the Association of Mayors of France. He resigned after a political corruption scandal.


He began his political career as a Gaullist at the end of the 1960s, becoming general councilor of Val-de-Marne then mayor of Perreux-sur-Marne. Allied to Jacques Chirac's RPR, in 1976 he was elected the first president of the Paris region Île-de-France.

He was a staunch supporter of decentralization and considered the “founding father” of the region. Imposing the term “Ile-de-France” coined in 1983, he led the region almost uninterruptedly for 22 years.

Finally, he gave up running for a new mandate during the regional elections of 1998, finding himself at the heart of a legal case on the financing of secondary schools in Île-de-France, brought to light by Claude-Annick Tissot, at the head of the tender commission and which was nicknamed the “cleaning lady of the RPR”.[1]

He was sentenced on October 26, 2005, at the end of a long trial, to four years in prison and a fine of 80,000 euros for complicity in corruption in the RPR, then led by Jacques Chirac. Michel Giraud did not appeal his conviction, unlike the majority of the other accused.[1]

He was appointed Minister of Labor in 1993 in the cohabitation government of Édouard Balladur. He defended the Professional Integration Contract (CIP) which was withdrawn in 1994 under pressure from students who denounced the creation of a “minimum wage for young people”.

Having gradually abandoned all political activity, Michel Giraud directed, between 1998 and 2011, the Foundation for the second chance, created at the initiative of Vincent Bolloré and dedicated to the integration of young people.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada