- NAME: Georges Pompidou
- OCCUPATION: Civil Servant, World Leader, Prime Minister
- BIRTH DATE: July 05, 1911
- DEATH DATE: April 02, 1974
- EDUCATION: École Normale Supérieure, École Libre des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Monboudif, Cantal, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- Full Name: Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou
- AKA: Georges Pompidou
- Nickname: "Pompom"
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After working as a teacher and a banker, Georges Pompidou served as Charles de Gaulle's prime minister for six years before he was elected president of France.
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Wanting to balance the growing influence of West Germany in Europe, Pompidou allowed Great Britain entry into the European Economic Community, a step de Gaulle had opposed. Pompidou also instituted reforms to modernize France's economy. His presidency saw a period of strong economic growth for the country.
While in office, Pompidou learned he was suffering from multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. Pompidou did not resign from the presidency and the diagnosis was not made public, with his office and his doctors proffering excuses as to why he looked unwell. Given the secrecy, the 62-year-old Pompidou's death on April 2, 1974, in Paris, France, came as a surprise.
Pompidou left behind a legacy of able governance and public service. Most importantly, his ability to step into the vacated presidency after de Gaulle was a positive step for France, as it demonstrated that the Fifth Republic's strong presidential role could be filled by others.
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