| Olivier Reverdin |
(journalist, politician, spook?)
|Born||15 July 1913|
|Died||16 June 2000 (Age 86)|
|Alma mater||Geneva University, Sorbonne, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Collège de France|
|Member of||Club of Rome|
Olivier Reverdin was a Swiss politician and academic. He attended the 1969 and 1972 Bilderberg meetings. He was a member of the Swiss stay-behind network, called P26. He was a founding member of the Club of Rome and the Swiss WWF.
He became Professor at the École des Roches in Verneuil-sur-Avre in 1939, then at the Geneva College (1939-1941), he did private studies for university students (1945-1958), then professor of Greek language and literature (from 1958) at the University of Geneva. He chaired the Foundation Council of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva from 1960 to 1965.
He was parliamentary editor (1945-1954) of the Journal de Genève and then editor-in-chief of this newspaper (1954-1959). He was then director and then chairman of the board of directors of this daily. He was a columnist for Radio Suisse Romande for federal affairs from 1948 to 1957.
On the political level, he was active, in the 1930s in the secret far-right small group "Les Equipes", created and directed by Théodore de Gallatin , and in 1936 he participated in the "Coup du cocotier", an electoral manipulation which aimed at not re-electing the right-wing leaders to the Geneva Grand Council.
After the war, he was elected as a Liberal to the National Council from 1955 to 1971, then adviser to the Canton of Geneva States from 1971 to 1979 He sat in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1964 to 1973. Until the election of Liliane Maury Pasquier in 2018, he was the only Swiss to chair this assembly (1969 - 1972).
He publicly took a position in the Journal de Genève in favor of the Coup d'Etat of 21 April 1967 in Greece and the dictatorship of the colonels.
On his death, the President of the National Council, Hans-Peter Seiler, paid homage to him in these terms: "It is rare to find in human beings both a vibrant humanism, an international dimension and an ethical as well as intellectual balance. These qualities were, however, the prerogative of our former colleague Olivier Reverdin. His strong personality made him a figurehead not only because of his relationship with General Dufour but also because of his qualities as a diplomat, put from an early age and in difficult times at the service of the country. He illustrated the Journal de Genève with a particularly brilliant pen as parliamentary editor and then as editor-in-chief and director. "
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/1969||9 May 1969||11 May 1969||Denmark|
|The 18th Bilderberg meeting, with 85 participants|
|Bilderberg/1972||21 April 1972||23 April 1972||Belgium|
Hotel La Reserve
|The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.|
- Richard Gautier: "Les Equipes, un mouvement de renouveau national à Genève", Genève, Faculté des lettres, mémoire de licence multicopié, 1974.