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Alain Richard

Alain Richard was born on 29 August 1945, in Paris, France.

He is a senior member of the Council of state (Conseil d'Etat). Mayor of Saint-Ouen l'Aumône since March 1977, he was a senior advisor during the five years he spent in the government before resuming his mandate as mayor at the end of 2002. He entered the Conseil d'Etat in 1971, while concurrently teaching at the Reims and Paris I universities and at the Institute of political studies from 1971 to 1978.

He was elected MP for Val d'Oise in 1978 and was re-elected until 1993. He was Vice-President of the parliamentary Committee in charge of reviewing legislation from 1981 to 1986, then Vice-President of the National Assembly from 1987 to 1988.

He was also General Rapporteur for the Finance Committee in the Parliament (1988-1993); From 1989 to 1997, he was also Chairman of the Cergy-Pontoise New Town association. He then became Senator for Val d'Oise and Secretary of the Senate Finance Committee from September 1995 until June 1997, before being appointed Minister of Defence from June 1997 till May 2002. In this capacity, he carried out a complete re-structuring of the armed forces, and contributed to reorganising all industries related to the defence field (EADS, DCN, etc.).

As soon as 1998, he set in motion the first steps towards the creation of a Defence Europe.

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