Henri Yrissou

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Person.png Henri Yrissou   WikidataRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, politician)
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BornMay 15, 1909
Nîmes, Gard, France
DiedJune 21, 2009 (Age 100)
Paris, France
NationalityFrench
InterestsAntoine Pinay
PartyNational Centre of Independents and Peasants
Deep politician Antoine Pinay's chief of staff from 1950 to 1955

Employment.png Member of the French National Assembly

In office
November 30, 1958 - October 9, 1962

Henri Yrissou was a French World War II veteran and politician. He was deep politician Antoine Pinay's chief of staff from 1950 to 1955, and led him to Charles de Gaulle before his 1958 soft coup. He attended the 1957 Bilderberg conference. Yrissou opposed de Gaulle's decision to grant French Algeria independence.

Early life

Henri Yrissou was born in Nîmes, France on May 15, 1909.[1] After a stint in the office of the Minister of Finance of the Vichy government, he distinguished himself in the French Resistance and consequently received the Resistance Medal; he also received the Croix de Guerre and became a Commander of the Legion of Honour.[1] Additionally, he became a Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[2]

Career

Yrissou was Public Works and Foreign Affairs Minister Antoine Pinay's chief of staff from 1950 to 1955.[1] He was Chairman of the Board of Directors 1947-58 of Houillères du Sud-Oranais, a coal mine company in French Algeria, and Director of the mine at Kendaza 1956-1957.

He then served as a member of the National Assembly from November 30, 1958 to October 9, 1962, representing Tarn.[3] He also served as the mayor of Gaillac from 1959 to 1977.[2]

In a later interview he told how he checked out De Gaulle regarding his position on keeping French Algeria, before leading Pinay to De Gaulle's home in Colombey-les-deux Eglises, before De Gaulle's soft coup in 1958.


I took over the management of the cabinet in 1958, when General de Gaulle called on Antoine Pinay for the Ministry of Finance. The previous year, in April 1957, at my invitation on the occasion of his crossing of the Sahara, General de Gaulle had come to Kenadza. Over and above the political speeches we had made, I took turns asking questions, alone, about the Algerian and Saharan future. And he told me literally: "We must keep all that! Because, without that, France would no longer have its weight in the world. Well, we will keep it by cunning and tenacity!" This commitment made me determined to lead Antoine Pinay to Colombey-les-deux Eglises, in the troubled days of 1958. But very quickly, from the first days of the Cabinet of Charles de Gaulle, my hope was changed into fear.[4]

In 1999,in opposition to the war on Serbia, he signed the petition “The Europeans want peace", initiated by the Non à la guerre collective[5][6].


 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/1957 October4 October 19576 October 1957Italy
Fiuggi
The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.


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