Jean-François Deniau

Jean-François Deniau (31 October 1928 – 24 January 2007) was a French politician, diplomat, essayist and novelist. Until 1998, he was a member of the Union for French Democracy (UDF).

Jean-François Deniau
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Deniau (right) in Darfur with Care,[1] 2004
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
PresidentJean Rey
Preceded byJean Rey
Succeeded byRalf Dahrendorf
Personal details
Born(1928-10-31)31 October 1928
Paris, France
Died24 January 2007(2007-01-24) (aged 78)
Paris, France
Political party
Alma materSciences Po, ÉNA


Minister and diplomatEdit

In 1958, he became the director of Foreign Relations for the European Commission. He was the author of the foreword of the Treaty of Rome. In 1963, he was named French ambassador to Mauritania and in 1967 he was appointed as one of the French European Commissioners, as a member of the Rey Commission, in 1970 followed by his membership of the Malfatti Commission. He was responsible for the accession negotiations of Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark and Norway, and for assistance to developing countries.

In 1973, he entered the government of Pierre Messmer as Secretary of State for Coopération, and was then named Secretary of State to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the government formed by Jacques Chirac after the election of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing to the presidency of the French Republic in 1974. In 1976, J.F. Deniau became France's ambassador to Madrid, on the request of the new king Juan Carlos, with whom he had begun a friendship during regattas. Deniau would play an active advisory role to the king and the government during Spain's democratic transition following the death of general Franco.

In September 1977, Jean-François Deniau was named Secretary of State to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Raymond Barre, then Minister of Foreign Commerce (1978), and finally Minister of Administrative Reform in Raymond Barre's last government (1981).

From 1978 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1997 he was a member of the French parliament.

As a writerEdit

He was elected to the Académie Française on 9 April 1992.

He died in Paris in 2007, aged 78.


  • Le Bord des larmes (1955)
  • Le Marché commun (1958)
  • La mer est ronde (1975)
  • L'Europe interdite (1977)
  • Deux heures après minuit (1985)
  • La Désirade (1988)
  • Un héros très discret (1989)
  • L'Empire nocturne (1990)
  • Ce que je crois (1992)
  • Le Secret du Roi des serpents (1993)
  • Mémoires de sept vies. Tome 1 : Les temps aventureux (1994)
  • L'Atlantique est mon désert (1996)
  • Mémoires de sept vies. Tome 2 : Croire et oser (1997)
  • Le Bureau des secrets perdus (1998)
  • Tadjoura (1999)
  • Histoires de courage (2000)
  • La bande à Suzanne (2000)
  • L'île Madame (2001)
  • Dictionnaire amoureux de la mer (2002)
  • La gloire à 20 ans (2003)
  • La Double Passion écrire ou agir (2004)
  • La Lune et le miroir (2004)
  • Le Secret du roi des Serpents (2005)
  • Le grand jeu (2005)


  1. ^
    • [Soudan : situation au Darfour] on Dailymotion (in French). Retrieved 13 December 2020.
    • "Jean-François Deniau, Président d'Honneur de CARE France, appelle à un accord politique d'urgence, assurant la sécurité au Darfour". (in French). 1 July 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Rey
European Commissioner for Trade
Succeeded by
Ralf Dahrendorf