Pierre de Chevigné
Pierre Gabriel Adhéaume de Chevigné (16 June 1909 – 4 April 2004) was a French politician, who was the Minister of Defence in the Fourth Republic between 14 May and 1 June 1958. His grandson Henri de Castries serves as chairman of the Bilderberg Group's steering committee.
Pierre de Chevigné
|Minister of Defence|
14 May 1958 – 1 June 1958
|Prime Minister||Pierre Pflimlin|
|Preceded by||Jacques Chaban-Delmas|
|Succeeded by||Charles de Gaulle|
Pierre Gabriel Adhéaume de Chevigné
16 June 1909
|Died||4 April 2004 (aged 94)|
|Political party||Popular Republican Movement|
|Relations||Henri de Castries (grandson)|
Chevigné was a Colonel in the Free French Forces. A member of the Popular Republican Movement party, briefly served as the Minister of Defence in the Fourth Republic between 14 May and 1 June 1958 under Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin. In 1954, he was wounded slightly by grenade fragments during a tour of the Indo-China fighting front while inspecting French troops that had landed in territory held by Communist Việt Minh rebels. Prime Minister Pflimlin served only briefly before the May 1958 crisis in France during the turmoil of the Algerian War of Independence which led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic and its replacement by the Fifth Republic led by Charles de Gaulle who returned to power after a twelve-year absence.
He traveled to New York City in 1952.
He was married to Hélène Rodocanachi (1911–1939), a daughter of Petros Rodocanachis and the former Chariklia Salvagou. Together, they were the parents of:
- Gisèle Françoise Andrée Simone de Chevigné (b. 1933), who married Count François de La Croix de Castries (1919/20–2011) who had a military career in Korea, Indochina, and Algeria.
After the death of his wife in 1939, he remarried to Anne d'Ormesson (c. 1915–2008).
The Count de Chevigné died in Biarritz on 4 April 2004
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| Minister of the Armed Forces
Charles de Gaulle