|French Minister of Defence|
|French Minister of Culture|
|Born||26 March 1942|
Member of the Republican Party, the liberal-conservative component of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), he appeared in the foreground of the political scene in the 1980s. He led a new generation of right-wing politicians, the "renovationmen", who opposed the old right-wing leaders Jacques Chirac and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
In 1981, he was selected to be one of the first Young Leaders of the French-American Foundation. His political career started with being elected as the Mayor of Fréjus in 1977. He served two terms as the deputy of Var.
Culture Minister, from 1986 to 1988, he sold the main public TV channel TF1. He returned in the cabinet as Defense Minister, from 1993 to 1995. Supporting the candidacy of Edouard Balladur in the 1995 presidential election, he was dismissed after Chirac's election. Elected president of the UDF in 1996, he could not prevent the split of this confederation two years later with Alain Madelin's secession. This and the party's poor showing in the 1998 regional elections prompted his resignation. After a mission in Macedonia in 2001 as representative of the European Union, he retired from politics. In 2003, he created together with other prominent European personalities the Medbridge Strategy Center, whose goal is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Europe and the Middle-East. He has since written several books.
Minister of State, minister of Defence : 1993-1995.
Minister of Culture and Communication : 1986-1988.
National Assembly of France
Member of the National Assembly of France for Var (department) : 1978-1986 (Became minister in 1986) / 1988-1993 (Became minister in 1993) / 1995-2001 (Resignation). Elected in 1978, reelected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1997.
Regional councillor of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur : 1998-2004.
General councillor of Var (department) : 1979-1988 (Resignation). Reelected in 1985.
Mayor of Fréjus : 1977-1997 (Resignation). Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995.
Municipal councillor of Fréjus : 1977-1997 (Resignation). Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995.
President of the Union for French Democracy : 1996-1998.
President of the Republican Party (France) : 1982-1990 / 1995-1997.
Léotard wrote also several books including non-fiction and a couple of novels: