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Charles Millon
Charles Millon in 1997
French Minister of Defence

In office
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Alain Juppé
Preceded by François Léotard
Succeeded by Alain Richard
President of the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes

In office
Preceded by Charles Béraudier
Succeeded by Anne-Marie Comparini
Personal details
Born 13 November 1945(1945-11-13) (age 76)
Belley, France
Nationality French
Political party UDF

Charles Marie Philippe Millon, born on 13 November 1945 in Belley, Ain, is a French politician. A member of the UDF, he was member of the French parliament for Ain and President of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council.[1] He was Minister of Defence from 1995 to 1997 in Alain Juppé's government, and led the highly sensitive reform on the professionalization of the armed forces. In 1998, in order to keep the presidency of the regional council, he agreed on being elected with votes from Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front and was subsequently expelled from the UDF. He then created his own party, called "The Right", aiming at federating French libertarians and conservatives, which met limited success. He ran in 2001 for Mayor of Lyon. He has been nominated in 2003 as France's ambassador to FAO, where he advocates for the development of Africa.

Political career[]

Governmental functions

Minister of Defence : 1995–1997.

Electoral mandates

National Assembly of France

President of the Union for French Democracy Group in the National Assembly : 1989–1995 (Became minister in 1995). Elected in 1989, reelected in 1993.

Vice-president of the National Assembly : 1986–1988.

Member of the National Assembly of France for Ain : 1978–1995 (Became minister in 1995) / 1997–2001 (Resignation). Elected in 1978, reelected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997.

Regional Council

President of the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes : 1988–1999 (Resignation). Reelected in 1992, 1998.

Regional councillor of Rhône-Alpes : 1978–2003 (Resignation) : Elected in 1986, reelected in 1992, 1998.

General Council

General councillor of Ain : 1985–1988 (Resignation).

Municipal Council

Mayor of Belley : 1977–2001. Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995.

Municipal councillor of Belley : 1977–2001. Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995.

Municipal councillor of Lyon : 2001–2008.

Urban Community Council

Member of the Urban Community of Lyon : 2001–2008.


Preceded by
François Léotard
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Alain Richard
Preceded by
Charles Béraudier
President of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council
Succeeded by
Anne-Marie Comparini

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