Jean Pierre Cot

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Person.png Jean Pierre Cot  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(academic, politician)
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Born23 October 1937
Geneva, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss?, French
Alma materSorbonne University
PartnerRaymonde Dury
ParentsPierre Cot
PartySocialist Party (France)
Swiss law professor & politician. Attended the 1977 Bilderberg aged 39, possibly connected to "attitudes towards the Third World's demands for restructuring the world order"

Employment.png Member of the French Parliament Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
2 April 1973 - 23 July 1981
Attended Bilderberg/1977

Jean-Pierre Cot is a French jurist and politician. He attended the 1977 Bilderberg meeting, possibly on connection with the theme attitudes towards the Third World's demands for restructuring the world order, as he later became French Minister for Development.[1][2][3]


In 1977, the same year he attended Bilderberg, he wrote the preface to a collection of texts by Zbigniew Brzezinski, where Cot's political views are obviously flavored by the ideas of his powerful "friend":

America can and must assume its responsibilities. It is not a question of dictating one's will to the rest of the world. Such authoritarianism is no longer conceivable today. American leadership must be exercised with respect for global pluralism.[...]

-- In this perspective, three priorities are imposed on American foreign policy. The first is the trilateral concern. We find here a constant theme. The United States must rely on its friends, these industrialized states that share the same values and find themselves in the same alliance. By treating Europe and Japan with condescension, Kissinger encouraged a dangerous drift in Atlantic and peaceful relations. The choice of Moscow and Beijing as privileged interlocutors has triggered, by backlash, seeds of neutralism among the allies, thus distending the alliance. We must put an end to this situation by clearly highlighting the special ties between the United States, Western Europe and Japan. Brzezinski proposes to institutionalize the Trilateral Commission at the level of governments, encouraging Europe to speak with one voice, on an equal footing with America and Japan. We can see the consequences of this analysis: resolute support for European integration, enlargement of the OECD and strengthening of its role.[...]

The second priority concerns North-South relations. The third world threatens to explode. The Kissinger administration realized this late and multiplied the blunders. America, the watchdog of dictatorial and corrupt regimes, is losing all ability to influence the course of events in the third world. Political conservatism, coupled with economic selfishness, can only lead to failure.[...]

Under these conditions, withdrawal would be madness. The restriction or interruption of international trade would jeopardize the progress of our economy. This does not mean that we must submit to the law of the international market, accept without saying a word the international division of labor as it presents itself today, with its inescapable imperialist tendencies. The France of the united left will have to loosen these constraints. Its economic weight, its capacity for innovation in basic and applied research, its developed agriculture, its place on the European market give it the elements of a negotiation with its partners. While the present government is going in front of the desires of international capitalism, another industrial policy can increase our autonomy of decision and our weight in international affairs. It is still necessary to boldly devise an offensive strategy that will be the opposite of the temptation to retreat.[...][4]

Since 2002 he has been a member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977Imperial Hotel
United Kingdom
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
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