Raymond Barre( 12 April 1924 - 25 August 2007 )
Raymond Octave Joseph Barre was a French centre-right politician and economist. He was a Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs under three Presidents and later served as Prime Minister under >Valéry Giscard d'Estaing from 1976 until 1981. As a candidate for the presidency in 1988, he came in third and was eliminated in the first round. He was born in >Saint-Denis, in the French island of >Réunion, then still a colony .
After his education, Raymond Barre was professor of economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris as well as >École Centrale Paris.
From 1959 to 1962, he was director of Jean-Marcel Jeanneney's staff, in the ministry of Industry and Trade. Then, in 1967, President Charles de Gaulle chose him as vice-presid...