Georges Pompidou was the loyal subject of France and it's most enigmatic leader of the twentieth century Charles de Gaulle, although it is somewhat down played how important a role he played in French affairs even before he assumed positions of power. He was a political conjuror who was as adept at fire fighting the big issues of the day as he was preventing them with policy and political manoeuvring. It was not just in the political arena where he stood out as he had a successful banking career with The Rothschilds private bank where he rose through the ranks until in 1962 de Gaulle called upon him to be his prime minister where he served the French people in this role from 14th April 1962 until 10th July 1968. His was an unassuming prime ministership but a successful one whereby he endeared himself so much to the French nation they elected Georges as their president in 1969. At home he spearheaded job creation and started a major modernisation of Paris whilst his foreign policy saw many successes including backing the UK to enter the Common Market. He suffered from a rare form of blood cancer and died while he was still president making him one of four French presidents who died serving their country. The other 3 serving presidents died in more controversial circumstances than Pompidou as: Marie François Sadi Carnot was assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio on 25th June 1894, Félix Faure died while engaged in sexual activity with his young mistress Marguerite Steinheil on 16th February 1899 while Paul Doumer was assassinated by Paul Gorguloff on 7th May 1932. It was not just his political dexterity that made him stand out as a great French leader as he could write and deliver a speech with the best of them, he was good for a one liner also so here is my compilation of 10 of the best Georges Pompidou quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou
- Born: 5th July 1911, Montboudif, France
- Died: 2nd April 1974, Paris, France
- Height: 5' 11¼" (1.81 m)
- Alma mater: École Normale Supérieure
- Occupation: Banker, politician, prime minister and president
- Political party: Union for the New Republic (Pre - 1968) and Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1974)
- Private sector: He was a successful banker, after joining the Rothschild bank his policy implementations quickly saw him rise up the ranks to become its director general from 1956 until 1962
- Nickname: Pompom
- Arts: He was a lover of the arts and poetry and the famous Paris museum and gallery Centre Pompidou was named after him
- Trivia: Although not the first French president to die whilst in office he was the first of the Fifth Republic who succumbed to that fate while serving in his country's highest office
- Quotes about Georges Pompidou: When Charles de Gaulle sent him to Switzerland to negotiate with representatives of the Algerian National Liberation Front, he placed his trust in him by stating: “I shall send Pompidou, he will be my signature"
- French Poet Jean-Luc Pouliquen said of him: "His political policies bear the mark of one attuned to human aspirations and profound ideals in the same way that poetry is capable of translating them"
"There are three ways to ruin: women, gambling, and listening to experts. The first is the pleasantest, the second is the fastest, but the third is the most certain"
"A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service"
"You have lived for 50 years sheltered from inadmissible protections. For 50 years you were quiet, everyone produced his little business, without knowing what cost price"
"In this perilous world where the great countries' eternal and inevitable desire for power disposes of incalculable means, a voice must be raised to claim the right for nations"
"I know, because France has experienced it, how difficult it is to end such conflicts and that the stronger a people, the greater the effort required, but also greater the honour won"
"The end of the war in Vietnam, for the United States, will be the most precious of victories - a victory won first over oneself"
"Good allies are not the most docile. Free and sovereign nations are the only ones which can consider fighting"
"The problem of competition within the common market is a serious problem"
"The most dangerous thing about student riots is that adults take them seriously"
"Independence does not destroy solidarity, it strengthens it, or perhaps even creates it"