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Edith Cresson

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Édith Cresson

Édith Cresson (born on 27 January, 1934 as Édith Campion in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris) is a French politician.

Cresson was well known for making outspoken and often controversial comments. She was very critical of "Anglo-Saxon" nations and often condemned the culture and people of the United States, Germany, and Great Britain. She often described homosexuality as being a largely Anglo-Saxon "problem" that had little relevance in France. Her strong criticism of Japanese trade practices likewise prompted her to use harsh rhetoric that some considered borderline racist (going as far as to compare the Japanese to ants).

Cresson is married with two daughters.

In 2003, she was charged by Belgium with fraud relating to contracts prepared by her EU office in the late 1990s, but the charges were dropped in 2004.

Career

  • 1974: national secretary of the Socialist party for youth.
  • 1979: Member of the European Parliament
  • 1981: Minister for agriculture and forestry
  • 1983: Minister for trade and tourism
  • 1984: Minister for industrial redeployment and foreign trade
  • 1986-1990, she was a member of the national assembly.
  • In May, 1991, François Mitterrand recalled her to replace Michel Rocard as premier, but she resigned in April, 1992, and was replaced by Pierre Bérégovoy.
  • 1995-1999, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Technology.

Cresson's Ministry, 15 May 1991 - 2 April 1992

Édith Cresson - Prime Minister

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Preceded by:
Pierre Méhaignerie
Minister of Agriculture
1981–1983
Succeeded by:
Michel Rocard
Preceded by:
Michel Jobert
Minister of External Commerce
1983–1986
Succeeded by:
Roger Fauroux
Preceded by:
Olivier Guichard
Minister of Tourism
1983–1984
Succeeded by:
Michel Crépeau
Preceded by:
Laurent Fabius
Minister of Industrial Redeployment
1984–1986
Succeeded by:
Alain Madelin
Preceded by:
Minister of European Affairs
1988–1990
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Michel Rocard
Prime Minister of France
1991–1992
Succeeded by:
Pierre Bérégovoy

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