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
In office
14 May 1958 – 1 June 1958
Prime MinisterPierre Pflimlin
Preceded byJacques Chaban-Delmas
Succeeded byCharles de Gaulle
Personal details
Pierre Gabriel Adhéaume de Chevigné

(1909-06-16)16 June 1909
Toulon, France
Died4 April 2004(2004-04-04) (aged 94)
Biarritz, France
Political partyPopular Republican Movement
Hélène Rodocanachi
(died 1939)

Anne d'Ormesson
(his death 2004)
RelationsHenri de Castries (grandson)

Early lifeEdit

The Comte de Chevigné was born on 16 June 1909 in Toulon on the French Riviera. He was a son of François Henri Marie Joseph Auguste de Chevigné and the former Gisèle Colas.[1]


Chevigné was a Colonel in the Free French Forces.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

He traveled to New York City in 1952.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

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)[7] who had a military career in Korea, Indochina, and Algeria.[8]

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


Through his daughter Gisèle, he was a grandfather of Henri de La Croix de Castries (b. 1954).[8]


  1. ^ Weber, Caroline (2018). Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 671. ISBN 978-0-307-96179-2.
  2. ^ Sulzberger, C. L. (24 May 1958). "Foreign Affairs; The Army's Political Role in France". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Times, Special to The New York (16 May 1958). "Members of Cabinet Listed by Pflimlin". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "French War Secretary Wounded in Indo-China". The New York Times. 6 February 1954.
  5. ^ Giniger, Henry (22 December 1958). "DE GAULLE WINS PRESIDENCY VOTE BY 4-TO-1 MARGIN; General Chosen for 7-Year Term With 78% of Ballots Cast by Electoral College TAKES OFFICE IN JANUARY Two Leftists Run Far Behind in Poll of 81,000 Notables -- Premier to Be Named". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "French War Minister Here". The New York Times. 29 May 1952.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b "Henri de Castries, 45 ans, successeur de sang bleu, va être adoubé par le monarque du groupe d'assurances AXA". Liberation. 13 March 2000.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Minister of the Armed Forces
Succeeded by
Charles de Gaulle