Jacques Baumel

Jacques Baumel was a French politician. He was born on March 6, 1918 in Marseille and died on February 17, 2006 in Rueil-Malmaison . He was a French resistance fighter (under the aliases’ Saint-Just ”, ” Berneix ” or ‘Rossini’), deputy in the National Assembly , a Senator , a leading leader of the Gaullist movement , and the Secretary of State and mayor of Rueil-Malmaison .

Resistance figher

After medical studies in France, Jacques Baumel took part in the French Resistance and directed the Combat resistance group in Marseille . In 1943, He Was Secretary General of the Movement of United Resistance (United movements of the Resistance) (MUR). In 1945 helped found the Democratic and Socialist Union of Resistance (UDSR). He served on the Provisional Consultative Assembly. In 1945, he was elected Deputy of the National Assembly of Moselle to the First National Constituent Assembly, was elected in CreuseNational Assembly of 1946. He chaired the parliamentary group of the UDSR. He participated in the development of Rally of the French People(RPF) from its founding in 1947.

Record of political longevity

As a senator from 1959 to 1967, he was one of the assistant secretaries general of the Union for the New Republic (UNR). He went to the United States and reviewed the John F. Kennedy campaign in 1960. He became the General Secretariat of the Gaullist movement December 7, 1962 after the success of the Union for the New Republic in November, held position until January 19, 1968, when he was replaced by Robert Poujade . He was elected during the National Assembly as soon as 1967 and held a seat in Palais Bourbon until 2002. He was a member of the Union for the New Republic, of the Union for the Defense of the Republic (UDR) andRally for the Republic(RPR).

Mayor for 33 years

Jacques Baumel was Secretary of State to the Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas 20 June 1969 to {{Date | 5 July 1972}}. He was mayor of Rueil-Malmaison , “a provincial town outside Paris” to use his words, from 1971 to 2004, at the origin of Rueil 2000 (now Rueil-sur-Seine). He practiced an active policy of sister cities with many foreign cities (19 in all). His municipal policy promoted the establishment of head offices of important business, both French and foreign. The preschool system is particularly strong in his city. A library opened in 2002 that bears his name.

Expert on parliamentary diplomacy

He chaired the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine for nine years starting in 1970 (from 1970 to 1973 and from 1976 to 1982). Internationally, he represented the French Parliament to the Assembly of the Western European Unionin the Assembly of the Western European Union and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where he opposed all forms of totalitarianism.

He is buried in the village of Fourneville in Calvados . His wife, Louise Bachelot, was born September 11, 1924, and died November 14, 2013.


  • Baumel, Jacques (1985). A certain idea of ​​France [ A certain idea of ​​France ] (in French). Vaugirard editions.
  • Baumel, Jacques (1994). France and its Defense [ France and Her Defense ] (in French). editions of the Forges.
  • Baumel, Jacques (1999). Resist, Secret History of the Years of Occupation [ Resistance Fighter, Secret History of the Years of Occupation ] (in French). Albin Michel editions. ISBN  978-2226108661 .
  • Baumel, Jacques (2001). De Gaulle, the interior exile [ De Gaulle, the Internal Exile ] (in French). Albin Michel editions. ISBN  978-2226125835 .
  • Baumel, Jacques. Liberty guided our steps [ Liberty Guided our Steps ] (in French). Plon. ISBN  978-2259199353 .
  • Baumel, Jacques; Delpla, François (2004). The Liberation of France [ The Liberation of France ] (in French). Archipelago edition. ISBN  978-2841874217 .
  • Baumel, Jacques; Delpla, François (2006). A tragic misunderstanding. De Gaulle and Algeria [ At Tragic Misunderstanding. De Gaulle and Algeria ] (in French). ISBN  978-2259204125 .

Jacques Baumel appeared as a witness in the television documentary The Crossing the Desert of Patrick Pesnot in 2005.


  • Officer of the Legion of Honor
  • Companion of the Liberation
  • War Cross 1939-1945 (Cross of War 1939-1945)
  • French Resistance Medal

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