Alain Peyrefitte (French pronunciation: [alɛ̃ pɛʁfit]; 26 August 1925 – 27 November 1999) was a French scholar and politician. He was a confidant of Charles de Gaulle and had a long career in public service, serving as a diplomat in Germany and Poland. Peyrefitte is remembered for his support for partitioning Algeria amid the Algerian War.
|Minister of Justice|
30 March 1977 – 22 May 1981
|President||Valéry Giscard d'Estaing|
|Prime Minister||Raymond Barre|
|Preceded by||Olivier Guichard|
|Succeeded by||Maurice Faure|
|Born||26 August 1925|
|Died||27 November 1999 (aged 74)|
16th arrondissement of Paris, France
|Alma mater||École normale supérieure|
École nationale d'administration
Peyrefitte served as Minister of Information from 1962 to 1966, establishing the rules of presidential debates between the two electoral rounds; and as Minister of Justice from 1977 to 1981, being involved in the affair surrounding the mysterious death of Robert Boulin in 1979.
He became a member of the Académie française in 1977.
He wrote The Immobile Empire and Quand la Chine s'éveillera… le monde tremblera. Outside France he is probably best known for his book Le Mal Français (translated as The Trouble with France), which addresses the question of whether there is something unique to the French character that has caused some of the country's peculiar recurring problems. The book places his own observations and experiences as a journalist and government minister inside a panoramic view of French and European history from the medieval to the modern era.
- Secretary of State for Information : April–September 1962.
- Minister of Returnees : September–November 1962.
- Minister of Information : 1962–1966.
- Minister of Scientific Research and Atomic Questions and Space : 1966–1967.
- Minister of Education : 1967–1968.
- Minister for Administrative Reforms : 1973–1974.
- Minister of Cultural Affairs and the Environment : March–May 1974.
- Keeper of the seals, Minister of Justice : 1977–1981.
National Assembly of France
Member of the National Assembly of France for Seine-et-Marne : 1958–1962 (Became secretary of State in 1962) / Reelected in 1967, but he stays minister / 1968–1973 (Became minister in 1973) / 1974–1977 (Became minister in 1977) / Reelected in 1978, but he stays minister / 1981–1995 (Became senator in 1995). Elected in 1958, reelected in 1962, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993.
Senate of France
- Senator of Seine-et-Marne : 1995–1999 (He died in 1999). Elected in 1995.
- Vice-president of the General council of Seine-et-Marne : 1982–1988.
- General councillor of Seine-et-Marne : 1964–1988. Reelected in 1970, 1976, 1982.
Non-fiction, except when noted.
- 1946: Rue d'Ulm, chroniques de la vie normalienne.
- 1947: Le Sentiment de confiance
- 1948: Les Roseaux froissés, novel
- 1949: Le Mythe de Pénélope
- 1961: Faut-il partager l'Algérie ?
- 1973: Quand la Chine s'éveillera… le monde tremblera
- 1976: Le Mal français (The Trouble with France)
- 1981: Les Chevaux du lac Ladoga - la justice entre les extrêmes
- 1983: Quand la rose se fanera
- 1985: Encore un effort, Monsieur le Président
- 1989: L'Empire immobile ou le choc des mondes (The Immobile Empire), historic novel
- 1990: La Tragédie chinoise
- 1995: La Société de confiance
- 1995: Du Miracle en économie, lectures at Collège de France
- 1997: La Chine s'est éveillée
- 1994-2000: ''C'était de Gaulle
- "Summer 1961: When France Was Considering Creating a "French Israel" in Algeria". THE FUNAMBULIST MAGAZINE. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
- "15 décembre 1986 - France. Attentat manqué contre Alain Peyrefitte - Événement".
- (New York: Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1992 ISBN 0-394-58654-9).
- Sovereign Ordonnance n° 14.274 of 18 Nov. 1999 : promotions or nominations
- Archives of the l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.