Le Siècle

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Group.png Le Siècle  
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FounderGeorges Bérard-Quélin
LeaderLe Siècle/President
Type• think tank
• influence network
InterestsFrance, elite network
Interest ofDutch Round Table
SubpageLe Siècle/President
Membership• Jean-Paul Agon
• Hélène Ahrweiler
• Fadela Amara
• Delphine Arnault
• Jacques Attali
• Martine Aubry
• Robert Badinter
• Patricia Barbizet
• Michel Barnier
• Jacques Barrot
• Laurent Batsch
• François Bayrou
• Claude Bébéar
• Karol Beffa
• Yamina Benguigui
• Antoine Bernheim
• Eric Besson
• Bernard Bigot
• Pierre Bilger
• Marcel Boiteux
• Michel Bon
• Jeannette Bougrab
• Daniel Bouton
• Thierry Breton
• Pascal Bruckner
• Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
• Arlette Chabot
• Emmanuel Chain
• Françoise Chandernagor
• Jean-Pierre Chevènement
• Daniel Cohen
• Élie Cohen
• Bertrand Collomb
• Jean-Marie Colombani
• Jean-François Copé
• Alain Cotta
• Michèle Cotta
• Anne-Marie Couderc
• Stéphane Courbit
• Teresa Cremisi
• Xavier Darcos
• Serge Dassault
• Rachida Dati
• Étienne Davignon
• Alain de Pouzilhac
• Alof de Louvencourt
• Christian de Boissieu
• Édouard de Rothschild
• Hervé de Charette
• Pierre-André de Chalendar
• Renaud Denoix de Saint Marc
• Thierry Derez
• Richard Descoings
• Jean Dromer
• Alain Duhamel
• Olivier Duhamel
• Bertrand Eveno
• Laurent Fabius
• Roger Fauroux
• Jacques Fauvet
• Luc Ferry
• Michel Field
• Aurélie Filippetti
• François Fillon
• Jean Francois-Poncet
• Louis Gallois
• Michel Gaudin
• Franz-Olivier Giesbert
• Antoine Guichard
• Élisabeth Guigou
• Jean-Yves Haberer
• Adeline Hazan
• Patrick Hetzel
• Martin Hirsch
• François Hollande
• Jean-Paul Huchon
• Anne-Marie Idrac
• Claude Imbert
• Odile Jacob
• Philippe Jaffré
• Denis Jeambar
• Laurent Joffrin
• Lionel Jospin
• Jean-Pierre Jouyet
• Serge July
• Alain Juppé
• Denis Kessler
• Bernard Kouchner
• Étienne Lacour
• Alain Lamassoure
• Marc Lambron
• Pascal Lamy
• Jack Lang
• Jean-Christophe Le Duigou
• Noëlle Lenoir
• Corinne Lepage
• Anne Levade
• Maurice Lévy
• André Lévy-Lang
• Marceau Long
• Henri Loyrette
• Bruno Mantovani
• Lisette Mayret
• Pierre Mendès France
• Jean-Marie Messier
• Charles Millon
• Alain Minc
• Frédéric Mion
• François Mitterrand
• Serge Moati
• Jérôme Monod
• Pierre Moscovici
• Pierre Moussa
• Simon Nora
• Nicole Notat
• Christian Noyer
• Denis Olivennes
• Laurence Parisot
• Jean-Claude Paye
• Michel Pébereau
• Guillaume Pepy
• Jean Peyrelevade
• Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette
• Bernard Pivot
• Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
• Georges Pompidou
• David Pujadas
• Jean-Pierre Raffarin
• Jacques Rigaud
• Simone Rozès
• Nicolas Sarkozy
• Olivier Schrameck
• Louis Schweitzer
• Ernest-Antoine Seillière
• Anne Sinclair
• Alain-Gérard Slama
• Dominique Strauss-Kahn
• Marc Tessier
• Jacques Toubon
• Marisol Touraine
• Jean-Claude Trichet
• Ludovic Tron
• Jean Tulard
• Maurice Ulrich
• Manuel Valls
• Michel Vauzelle
• Hubert Védrine
• Jean Veil
• Louis-Charles Viossat
• Henri Weber
• Gérard Worms
• Rama Yade
A long established "bipartisan" network in the French establishment.

Not to be confused with the highly secretive deep state milieu, Le Cercle

Le Siècle is an elite bi-partisan social club in France that meets once a month for dinner at the French Automobile Club in Paris's Place de la Concorde. Membership in Le Siècle "symbolizes the French nomenklatura" and includes France's top intellectuals, politicians, chief executives, journalists, and artists; since the 1970s, one-third to half of all French government ministers were members of Le Siècle, regardless of political affiliation or party membership. That percentage peaked at 72% under Prime Minister Édouard Balladur (1993–95). French journalist and writer Emmanuel Ratier wrote in 1996 that the club's membership controls 90% of French GDP. [1]

There are 580 members and 160 guests. Its president 2020-21, Olivier Duhamel resigned after confessing to sexual assault on his then teenage stepson.

According to economist Gaël Giraud, another of its goals is to discuss priority topics to be covered in the media, that is to say to guide French public opinion, explaining the very uniform tone of the corporate French media.[2]


Le Siècle (English: 'the Century') was founded in 1944 by Georges Bérard-Quélin, a journalist and Freemason. The small group of the 1940s and 1950s eventually expanded to include major politicians across the political spectrum, from François Mitterrand, who was close associate of Bérard-Quélin, to Georges Pompidou via Pierre Mendès France. When a similar think tank called the Saint-Simon Foundation dissolved in 1999, many of its former members joined Le Siècle.

In the immediate post-war period, deep cleavages fragment the ruling class: resistance fighters against Vichy collaborators; bosses - liberal or right-wing - against senior planning officials; disunited political parties against a Communist Party at the height of its electoral results. Bérard-Quélin and his associates worked to reconcile the elites, and to exclude the communists.[3]

Its recruitment process is very strict and shows that it is impossible to become a member without strong sponsorship from this very selective community. One cannot apply, only two members of the club, including a member of the board of directors, can nominate a candidate. Admission is subject to a vote: each member of the board of directors has a black ball (refusal) and a white ball (acceptance). Each black ball is worth two white. So you have to have 67% white balls to win. In addition, three black balls automatically result in the refusal of the candidate. Finally, the latter, at first, is simply "invited". This position can last for several years until his status is reviewed. Depending on the result, he will either become a member or dismissed.[2]

Members opinion

"I really like Le Siècle," says Mrs. Martine Aubry, "I stopped going there in 1997 when I became minister. It was very interesting. I found myself at tables with extremely different people (...). The initiative can be perceived as totally elitist, but it remains a real meeting place. I learned a lot from it. Because, for me, real intelligence means trying to understand people who have a different logic." The former right-hand man of Mr. Jacques Delors, Mr. Pascal Lamy, current director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), explains his presence as a form of getting access: "It is important that the men on the left don't let the decision-makers be in contact only with the right." Others, like Pierre Moscovici, admit straight away that Le Siècle turns out to be" a very influential social network."[4]

List of members (selection)


Full article: Le Siècle/President


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