Roger Seydoux de Clausonne

From Wikispooks
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Person.png Roger Seydoux de Clausonne  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(academic, diplomat)
Roger Seydoux de Clausonne.jpg2.png
BornMarch 28, 1908
Paris, France
Died3 July 1985 (Age 77)
Paris, France
Alma materLycée Carnot, Sorbonne
ParentsJacques Seydoux
Siblings • François Seydoux
• René Seydoux
Member ofTrilateral Commission
Spooky French diplomat who attended the 1973 Bilderberg

Employment.png France/Ambassador/Tunisia

In office
20 June 1956 - 28 September 1956

Employment.png France/Resident-general in Tunisia

In office
1955 - 1956
As Resident-general

Roger Seydoux Fornier de Clausonne was a French diplomat.[1][2] He directed the Ecole des Sciences Politiques, which became the Paris Institute of Political Studies, from 1942 to 1947, before proceeding to several high-ranking diplomatic missions.

He attended the 1973 Bilderberg meeting.


Roger Seydoux Fornier de Clausonne was born in Paris on March 28, 1908 into a family of Protestant tradition. His father, Jacques Seydoux (1870-1929), was a diplomat. Responsible for the economic war program within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jacques Seydoux became, at the end of the First World War, director of the economic affairs department within the ministry, then deputy director of political and commercial affairs of the ministry.[3]

Roger also had a brother, François Seydoux, who became a diplomat and served as director of European affairs at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then as French ambassador to Austria and West Germany. His other brother, René Seydoux, was secretary general of the École Libre des Sciences Politiques from 1929 to 1936.[4]

Roger Seydoux went to Lycée Carnot. He studied law and obtained a law degree at the Sorbonne, then a higher studies diploma in public law and political economy.[5]

Roger Seydoux marries Jacqueline Doll, descendant of François Guizot and uncle of entrepreneurs Jérôme, Nicolas and Michel Seydoux.

Early Career

Roger Seydoux began his career in 1931, as assistant to the financial attaché at the French embassy in London[6].

He was appointed secretary general of the École libre des sciences politiques in 1934[6] or 1936[7], taking over the position of his brother René[4]. From deputy director, he became director of the school in 1936 or in 1942, during the Second World War. He did not hide his Gaullist affinities.[8]

In 1945, Seydoux negotiated, with André Siegfried and Jacques Chapsal, the dissolution of the school and its transformation into the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP)[9]. That same year, he became director of the newly created IEP and administrator of the National Foundation for Political Science (FNSP). The latter makes it possible to avoid the complete nationalization of the school[10].

Eager to rejoin the diplomatic corps, he handed over the leadership of the IEP to Chapsal in 1947, and the administration of the FNSP in 1950.

Diplomatic functions

He was consul of France in New York (1950-1952), high commissioner of France in Tunisia (1955-1956)[11], director general of cultural and technical affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1956-1960)[12], high commissioner of France in Morocco (1960-1962)[13] then ambassador of France to the USSR (1968-1973).

From 1963 to 1967, he represented France at theUnited Nations, which allowed him to hold the monthly presidency of the Security Council on several occasions. While he spoke for France in the United Nations Security Council, his brother Francois did the same at NATO headquarters.[14]

Roger then permanent representative of France on the council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from 1967 to 1968.[15] He also chaired the Fondation de France from 1975 to 1983.

He rests in the cemetery of the small village of Saint-Ouen-le-Pin, like many members of his in-laws, descendants of François Guizot.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Many thanks to our Patrons who cover ~2/3 of our hosting bill. Please join them if you can.


  3. Stanislas Jeannesson, Jacques Seydoux, diplomate (1870-1929), Paris, Presses de l'université Paris-Sorbonne, coll. « Mondes contemporains », 2013, 400 p. (ISBN 978-2-84050-875-5, OCLC 828857772).
  4. a b Marie Scot, Laurence Bertrand Dorléac and Mathias Vicherat, Sciences Po : le roman vrai, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2022, 291 p. (ISBN 978-2-7246-3915-5).
  6. a b
  8. Sylvie Crossman, Jean Lacouture : la biographie du biographe, FeniXX réédition numérique, 1993, 315 p. (ISBN 978-2-402-13885-7).
  9. Gérard Vincent et Anne-Marie Dethomas, Sciences po : histoire d'une réussite, Paris, Plon (réédition numérique FeniXX), 1987, 442 p
  10. Guy Thuillier, Bureaucratie et bureaucrates en France au XIXe siècle, Paris, Librairie Droz, 1980, 670 p. (ISBN 978-2-600-03387-9).
Wikipedia.png This page imported content from Wikipedia on 09.09.2022.
Wikipedia is not affiliated with Wikispooks.   Original page source here