Former Prime Minister of France (2005 – 2007)
Dominique de Villepin is best known for leading the charge against US policy in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. In 2010, he announced that he would form a new center-right political movement, named République solidaire and he is considered as potential candidate for President of France in 2012.
“A champion of peace and justice in the world, Dominique de Villepin was the voice of France and the international community during the Iraq crisis”
Dominique de Villepin holds degrees in Civil law and French literature from the universities of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and Paris X Nanterre. Throughout his career as a diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 2002 to 2004, Minister of the Interior from 2004 to 2005, then Prime Minister, he worked to formulate strategies and find solutions to deal with problems and conflicts. From the violence in the suburbs of French cities, which he brought under control by invoking a state of emergency at the end of 2005, to the regional conflicts of Africa and the Middle East. In France, he led the “battle for jobs” that produced a historic reduction of the unemployment rate by nearly 20 percent. During the 2004 crisis in Haiti, Villepin once again showed himself to be a resolute decision-maker. He has also written poetry, a book about poetry, and several historical and political essays, along with a study of Napoleon Bonaparte.
What he offers you
One of the foremost advocates of a new global governance based on multilateralism, and a reformist leader in French, European and global policy, Dominique de Villepin discusses the challenges of our time: terrorism, proliferation, immigration, and the environment. He points the way to an international response based on a new state and global governance. He also emphasises the importance of respecting identity and culture in founding a new international order. This in turn requires dialogue, justice and equal opportunity. It is an approach valid, not only for states, but also for businesses and international organisations.
How he presents
Praised by Mr Chirac for his quickness of thought, Dominique de Villepin is a formidable speaker with sharp intellect and an urbane charm and wit, in great demand at prestigious events worldwide.
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