Pflimlin, Pierre

Pierre-Eugène-Jean Pflimlin

b. 5 Feb 1907, Roubaix, Nord
d. 27 Jun 2000, Strasbourg, Haut-Rhin

Title: Président du Conseil des ministres (President of the Council of Ministers)
Term: 14 May 1958 - 1 Jun 1958
Chronology: 14 May 1958, endorsed by the vote of confidence, session of the Assemblée nationale (National Assembly), Palais-Bourbon, Paris [1][2]
14 May 1958, appointed on the list of members of the Council of Ministers, decree of the President of the Republic [3]
1 Jun 1958, ceased to exercise the functions of office upon the appointment of a successor [4]
Biography:
Born in the family of an engineer; attended the lyceum of Mulhouse (Alsace); studied in the Catholic Institute of Paris, earning a degree in law and political science; took additional law courses at the University of Strasbourg; was admitted to the bar in Strasbourg (1933) where he practised law; joined the Popular Republican Union (Union populaire républicaine), a Christian democratic party in Alsace; was mobilized as a lieutenant interpreter and participated in World War II; was taken prisoner-of-war (1940) by the German troops, released after six months in a camp in Germany; worked for the secretariat general for youth in Vichy (1941) and as investigating magistrate at Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie (1941-1944); was appointed deputy public prosecutor at Metz (1944); became a member of the Popular Republican Movement (Mouvement Républicain Populaire, MRP) in 1945; elected a member of the first (1945-1946) and second (1946) Assemblée nationale constituante (Constituent National Assembly), representing the département of Bas-Rhin; served as under-secretary of state for public health (6 Feb 1946 - 24 Jun 1946) and under-secretary for national economy (24 Jun 1946 - 16 Dec 1946) in the governments of Felix Gouin and Georges Bidault; was elected to the Assemblée nationale (National Assembly) as a deputy for Bas-Rhin (1946-1967); served as minister of agriculture (24 Nov 1947 - 1 Dec 1949, 3 Jul 1950 - 11 Aug 1951) in eight governments of the Fourth Republic; councilor general of the cantons of Haguenau (1951-1970) and Strasbourg-Est (1971-1976); president of the general council of Bas-Rhin (1951-1960); minister of trade and foreign economic relations (11 Aug 1951 - 20 Jan 1952); minister of state responsible for relations with the Council of Europe (20 Jan 1952 - 8 Mar 1952); minister of the French overseas territories (8 Mar 1952 - 8 Jan 1953); unsuccessful candidate at the election of the President of the National Assembly (1954); was called to form a government (11 Feb 1955) but abandoned the task and entered the cabinet of Edgar Faure as minister of finance and economic affairs (23 Feb 1955 - 1 Feb 1956); was elected president of MRP (1956-1959); minister of finance, economic affairs and planning (6 Nov 1957 - 14 May 1958); his appointment as President of the Council of Ministers (14 May 1958 - 1 Jun 1958) caused riots among the French settlers in Algeria, fearing that he would favour independence; met with Charles de Gaulle (27 May 1958) to avert the deepening crisis, but was forced to resign (28 May 1958); minister of state in the cabinet of de Gaulle (1 Jun 1958 - 8 Jan 1959); briefly served as minister of state for cooperation (15 Apr 1962 - 16 May 1962) in the government of Georges Pompidou; served as mayor of Strasbourg (1959-1983) and president of the Council of Urban Community of Strasbourg (1967-1983); representative of France in the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe (1959-1967), European Parliamentary Assembly (1959-1962), and European Parliament (1962-1967); president of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe (1963-1966); was elected to the European Parliament (1979-1989); president of the European Parliament (24 Jul 1984 - 20 Jan 1987).
Biographical sources: "Nouveau dictionnaire de biographie alsacienne" (Strasbourg: Fédération des sociétés d'histoire et d'archéologie d'Alsace, 1997), 29:3002.
Elections:

Vote of confidence (13 May 1958 - 14 May 1958)
votes cast 403
absolute majority 202
in favour 274
against 129
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° 46. Mercredi 14 Mai 1958. P. 2273, 2295-2296.

[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° 46. Mercredi 14 Mai 1958. P. 2251-2277.
[2] The session of the National Assembly started at 15:00 13 May 1958 and continued to 03:25 14 May 1958; the results of the vote of investiture were announced at 03:20 14 May 1958.
[3] Journal officiel de la République française. Lois et Décrets. N° 111. Mercredi 14 Mai 1958. P. 4623.
[4] Journal officiel de la République française. Lois et Décrets. N° 128. Lundi 2 Juin 1958. P. 5279.
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