Nicolas Baverez

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Person.png Nicolas Baverez   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, editor, journalist)
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Born8 May 1961
Lyon, France
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure, Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Sorbonne, École nationale d'administration
Parents • Jean-Claude Baverez
• Hélène Rubellin
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, Institut Montaigne
Interests • globalisation
• shock therapy
Bilderberg 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."

Nicolas Baverez is a senior French civil servant, lawyer and member of the Bilderberg steering committee. A former student of the elite schools École normale supérieure and of the National School of Administration, he is a French proponent of transatlantic neoliberal globalization.

In his book La France qui tombe, published in 2003, he called on the French government to carry out a “liberal shock therapy” taking as a model the changes introduced in the United Kingdom by Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.[1]

He opposed the 35-hour working week reform, believing that for the feckless masses “the time freed up by the 35 hours [means] conjugal violence - and alcoholism on top of that."[2]

Early life and education

Nicolas Baverez is the son of Jean-Claude Baverez, lawyer at the Court of Appeal of Lyon, knight of the Legion of Honor, and Hélène Rubellin.

He entered the École normale supérieure in 1980. He obtained a diploma from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 1982, in history and social sciences from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 1986, he defended his doctoral thesis in history at the Sorbonne on the theme Unemployment and the unemployed in the 1930s. He joined the National School of Administration in 1986.


Baverez was appointed second class auditor at the Court of Auditors in 1988, then first class auditor in 1989[3]. From 1993 to 1995, he was a member of the cabinet of Philippe Séguin, then president of the National Assembly, responsible for economic and social problems.

From 1995 to 1998 he was Director of Communication and Development at Fimalac, a French holding company focusing on on credit rating and risk management companies.[4] Fimalac was founded by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, a member of the Bilderberg steering committee during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1998, he joined the Paris bar. He first became a lawyer at Salès, Vincent et Associés in 2001[5], then in 2002 at Franklin, Attalah, Baverez & Associés. In 2003, he became a partner at Brandford-Griffith & Associés, in charge of public economic law activity. In 2004, he left this firm for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, for whom he defended, among others, the French and British railway companies in the conflict between them and Eurotunnel.

Nicolas Baverez is a columnist for the daily Le Figaro and the weekly Le Point, he was for a long time for Les Échos and wrote for Le Monde. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the journal Commentary, of the international sponsorship committee of the journal American Politics and of the editorial board of the journal Géoéconomie. He is also treasurer of the Société des Amis de Raymond Aron[6]

He is member of the Institut Montaigne steering committee - a think tank with many Bilderbergers where he chairs the Foreign Affairs and Defense working group.[7]

Nicolas Baverez denounces a relative decline of France compared to the rest of the world, which he believes is caused by the state's too strong and improper meddling in the economy and too heavy taxation. According to him, France remains the only developed country which is struggling to maintain the obsolete model of a closed and administered economy of the 1960[8].


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