Jean-Bernard Raimond

Jean-Bernard Raimond (6 February 1926 – 7 March 2016) was a conservative French politician who served as Foreign Minister in the government of Jacques Chirac from 1986 to 1988, as French ambassador to a number of states from the 1970s to the 1990s, and as a deputy in the French National Assembly from 1993 to 2002.[1]

Jean-Bernard Raimond
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French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 May 1986 – 10 May 1988
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Prime MinisterJacques Chirac
Preceded byRoland Dumas
Succeeded byRoland Dumas
Personal details
Born(1926-02-06)6 February 1926
Paris, France
Died7 March 2016(2016-03-07) (aged 90)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Political partyRPR
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure, ÉNA


Educated at the elite École Normale Supérieure (graduated 1947) and the École nationale d'administration, Raimond served in a variety of civil service positions with the French government, in 1967 he became a member of the staff of Maurice Couve de Murville, at the time the French Foreign Minister, and later to Louis de Guiringaud in 1978. He was ambassador to Morocco from 1973 to 1977, to Poland (1982–1984), to the Soviet Union (1985–1986) and to the Vatican (1988–1991). In between terms as ambassador, he served in various posts in the French Foreign Ministry, including his term as Foreign Minister from 1986 to 1988.

In 1993, he was elected to the French National Assembly as deputy for Bouches-du-Rhône (Aix-en-Provence) as a member of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR), and was reelected in 1997 for a term ending in 2002.

He was very active in Franco-Moroccan relations and is a member of a number of bilateral friendship committees, participated in non-governmental international colloquia, and wrote several books. Raimond was also the recipient of a number of French and foreign honours, including Officer of the Légion d'honneur, Commander of the Ordre national du Mérite, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, Grand-cordon du Ouissam-Alaouite (Morocco), and the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX (Vatican).


  • Le Quai d'Orsay à l'épreuve de la cohabitation (Flammarion, 1989) – ISBN 2-08-066426-3
  • Le Choix de Gorbatchev (Odile-Jacob, 1992) – ISBN 2-7381-0189-5
  • Jean Paul II, un pape au cœur de l'histoire (Le Cherche-Midi, 1999) – ISBN 2-86274-999-0


  1. ^ "M. Jean-Bernard Raimond". Assemblée Nationale website (in French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Roland Dumas
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Roland Dumas