Institut Montaigne

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Group.png Institut Montaigne  
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HeadquartersParis, France
Membership• David Azéma
• Emmanuelle Barbara
• August Debouzy
• Claude Bébéar
• Marguerite Bérard
• Henri de Castries
• Jean-Pierre Clamadieu
• Olivier Duhamel
• Marwan Lahoud
• Fleur Pellerin
• Natalie Rastoin
• René Ricol
• Jean-Dominique Senard
• Arnaud Vaissié
• Florence Verzelen
• Philippe Wahl
• Clémence Alméras
• Cécile d’Angelin
• Alice Baudry
• Nicolas Bauquet
• Laurent Bigorgne
• Hortense Billot
• Mathieu Duchâtel
• Françoise Florens
• Mahaut de Fougières
• Camille Godeau
• François Godement
• Thibaud Grenez
• Manon Guyot
• Gaspard Jassef
• Baptiste Larseneur
• Polly Lefevre
• Claire Lemoine
• Théophile Lenoir
• Cyriane Le Richon
• Angèle Malâtre-Lansac
• Laure Millet
• Lara Oliveau
• Clément Petit
• Victor Poirier
• Milo Rignell
• Alexandre Robinet-Borgomano
• Marie Seignol
• Gauthier Simon
• Anuchika Stanislaus
• Gilles Trochet
• Viviana Zhu
• Benoit d'Angelin
• Frank Bournois
• Pierre Cahuc
• Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres
• Pierre Godé
• Michel Godet
• Françoise Holder
• Philippe Josse
• Marianne Laigneau
• Sophie Pedder
• Hélène Rey
• Ezra Suleiman
• Ana Palacio
• Patrick Calvar
• Nicolas Baverez
French deep state 'think tank' filled with multiple bilderbergers.

The Montaigne Institute (French L'Institut Montaigne) is an influential think-tank close to big corporations, devoted pushing neoliberal economic policies on France. It contains 10 Bilderbergers, including its leader, Henri de Castries, who as of 2020 was also the chairman of the Bilderberg Steering Committee.


The Montaigne Institute brings together business leaders, senior civil servants, academics, people from civil society and from a wide variety of backgrounds, in what is called "the extreme center" of politics (nominally moderate, but pushing extreme militarism, police powers, and pro-corporate policies), specializing in soft power methods. It has been called " war machine at the service of Macron".[1]

Institut Montaigne focuses on four main policy fields:

  • Social cohesion: education, higher education, employment, lifelong learning
  • Public policy: pension, justice, healthcare, environment, European issues
  • Competitiveness: firms, energy, transports, labor laws, digital economy, financial markets regulation
  • Public finances: taxation, local finances, public spending, local authorities.


The Institute is an independent, non-profit think tank funded by 160 big corporations (i.e. a loss leader for the businesses). One of the Institute's main missions is to promote neoliberal, anti-labor policies.

Same address as Macron's party

In 2016, Claude Bébéar, the founder of the Institute, came out in support of Emmanuel Macron, "Emmanuel Macron is the solution for France!".

Institute Leader Henri de Castries wrote a gushing summary ('12 months of Jupiter') of President Macron's first year in power, praising his pro-EU stance, destruction of labor laws and education reforms largely written by Institute Montaigne.[2]

Laurent Bigorgne, director of the Institute, is close to Emmanuel Macron, a “longtime friend”. He worked on the future president’s program, notably in the field of education, where former member of Montaigne, Jean-Michel Blanquer, became minister.[3]

Before Macron ran for president, he launched a new, astroturfed, political party, "En Marche", with has the same registered address as the private address of Laurent Bigorgne, or rather as, En Marche scrambled when this secret connection was revealed, "his wife, who is a personal friend of Emmanuel Macron".[4],

Bilderberg overlap

10 people are both Institut Montaigne members and have been guests of the Bilderberg: Laurent Bigorgne, Claude Bébéar, Patrick Calvar, Henri de Castries, Olivier Duhamel, François Godement, Ana Palacio, Fleur Pellerin, Hélène Rey, Jean-Dominique Senard


Known Participants

11 of the 62 of the participants already have pages here:

Nicolas BaverezBilderberg Steering committee. French proponent of transatlantic neoliberal globalization. Believes that for the masses, "time freed up by shorter working hours means conjugal violence - and alcoholism on top of that."
Laurent BigorgneFrench deep state operative. Attended the 2015 Bilderberg
Claude BébéarFrench insurance executive and organizer of the business lobby.
Patrick CalvarFrench spook. Single Bilderberg
Henri de Castries"French President of Bilderberg"
Olivier DuhamelPresident of the deep state club Le Siècle. He organized many events with the French intelligentsia, involving a lot of sex and alcohol and mixing adults and children.
François GodementFrench historian with deep state connections interested in China. First attended the Bilderberg in 2019.
Ana PalacioSpanish politician
Fleur PellerinFrench politician
Hélène ReySingle Bilderberger Institut Montaigne economist
Jean-Dominique SenardFrench industrialist in the automobile industry. Vocal proponent of French president Emmanuel Macron.