Gaillard, Félix

Félix Gaillard d'Aimé

b. 5 Nov 1919, Paris
d. 9 Jul 1970, at sea, close to Lézardrieux, Côtes-du-Nord

Title: Président du Conseil des ministres (President of the Council of Ministers)
Term: 6 Nov 1957 - 14 May 1958
Chronology: 6 Nov 1957, endorsed by the vote of confidence, session of the Assemblée nationale (National Assembly), Palais-Bourbon, Paris [1][2]
6 Nov 1957, appointed on the list of members of the Council of Ministers, decree of the President of the Republic [3]
14 May 1958, ceased to exercise the functions of office upon the appointment of a successor [4]
Biography:
Son of a wealthy mining engineer and landowner; attended the Cours Saint-Louis de Monceau and Lycée Carnot in Paris; studied in the Free School of Political Science (École libre des sciences politiques) and faculties of law in Paris and Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme; received a degree in law (1940) and a diploma in political economy (1942); participated in the military operations against the Germans (1940); worked as finance police officer (from 1942); played a key role in procuring funds for the Résistance; was made a member of the clandestine finance committee of the Résistance along with Jacques Chaban Delmas and Michel Debré; chief of staff in the cabinet of labour minister Alexandre Parodi (1944); was elected to the Assemblée nationale (National Assembly), representing the département of Charente as a member of the Radical Party (Parti radical, 1946-1958), as independent deputy (1958-1962), as a member of the Rassemblement démocratique (1962-1967) and Federation of the Democratic and Socialist Left (Fédération de la gauche démocrate et socialiste, 1967-1970); under-secretary of state for economic affairs (26 Nov 1947 - 26 Jul 1948); secretary of state under the presidency of the Council of Ministers (11 Aug 1951 - 28 Jun 1953) with responsibility for finance (20 Jan 1952 - 8 Jan 1953); represented France in the intergovernmental committee at Brussels (1955-1956); minister of finance, economic affairs and planning (13 Jun 1957 - 6 Nov 1957); President of the Council of Ministers (6 Nov 1957 - 14 May 1958); president of the Radical Party (1958-1965); councilor general of the canton of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde, Charente (1965-1970); died as a result of gas-cylinder explosion on his yacht.
Biographical sources: "Félix Gaillard, 1919-1970, un destin inachevé", by François Le Douarec (Paris: Économica, 1991).
Elections:

Vote of confidence (5 Nov 1957 - 6 Nov 1957)
votes cast 510
absolute majority 256
in favour 337
against 173
Source of electoral results: Journal officiel de la République française. Débats parlementaires. Compte rendu in extenso des séances de l'Assemblée nationale et du Conseil de la République. N° 98. Mercredi 6 Novembre 1957. P. 4653, 4675-4676.

[1] Journal officiel de la République française. Débats parlementaires. Compte rendu in extenso des séances de l'Assemblée nationale et du Conseil de la République. N° 98. Mercredi 6 Novembre 1957. P. 4629-4654.
[2] The session of the National Assembly started at 21:00 5 Nov 1957 and continued to 01:25 6 Nov 1957; the results of the vote of investiture were announced at 01:20 6 Nov 1957.
[3] Journal officiel de la République française. Lois et Décrets. N° 257. Mercredi 6 Novembre 1957. P. 10451.
[4] Journal officiel de la République française. Lois et Décrets. N° 111. Mercredi 14 Mai 1958. P. 4623.
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