Dominique de Villepin

Morocco, 1953

Dominique de Villepin is a French statesman. He grew up abroad and moved to France in 1968, where he graduated from l’Institut d’Etude Politique de Paris (Sciences-Po) and l’École Nationale d’Administration. He began his career as a diplomat in Paris, Washington D.C. and New Delhi, before he was appointed as Chief of Staff by President Chirac from 1995 to 2002. Appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002, De Villepin managed the Iraq crisis on behalf of France and upheld the French position against war at the United Nations. In 2004, he became Minister of the Interior and then served as Prime Minister of France from 2005 to 2007. During this period, he committed himself to boosting employment and reforming the labour market, to reducing deficits and public debts, as well as to stimulating growth. De Villepin wrote various books, poetry collections and essays, including Les Cent-Jours ou l’esprit de sacrifice (2001), on Napoleon, and most recently Mémoire de paix pour temps de guerre (2016), on peace building and international challenges.