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Claude Pompidou

Claude Pompidou
Born (1912-11-13)13 November 1912
Château-Gontier, Mayenne, France
Died 3 July 2007(2007-07-03) (aged 94)
Paris, France
Spouse(s) Georges Pompidou

Claude Jacqueline Pompidou (13 November 1912 – 3 July 2007) was the wife of

Preceded by
Yvonne de Gaulle
Spouse of the President of France
Succeeded by
Anne-Aymone Giscard d'Estaing
  • Fondation Claude Pompidou

External links

  1. ^ a b c , June 3, 2007The Houston ChronicleAP via
  2. ^ a b c d e f , July 5, 2007The Daily TelegraphObituary in
  3. ^ a b c d e , July 11, 2007The TimesObituary in
  4. ^ Fondation Claude Pompidou
  5. ^ Embassy of France biography
  6. ^ Georges Pompidou on art
  7. ^ "Exhibition Captures a Rare Artistry : Man Ray, the Designer Behind the Camera" May 5 1998International Herald Tribune
  8. ^ , "Claude Pompidou, Art Patron, Dies at 94" 3 July 2007New York Times
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She published her memoirs, L’Élan du Coeur, in 1997. She died in Paris.[8] [9] The funeral service was held in church Saint-Louis-en-l'Île in presence of president Nicolas Sarkozy, former president Jacques Chirac, Farah Pahlavi, Princess Caroline of Monaco and business woman Liliane Bettencourt.[10]

She also played an active role in the foundation. [7] Pompidou continued to play an active role in French artistic life in subsequent decades.[2].Yves Klein She was particularly inspired by the work of [6] Pompidou played a key role in establishing the Centre Georges Pompidou. The building was designed by

Pompidou Centre

In 1970, Mme Pompidou set up the Claude Pompidou Foundation to help disabled children, the elderly and hospitalised.[4] Jacques Chirac served as the Treasurer of the Foundation for over three decades.[5]


Pompidou ran for the Presidency in 1969 and was elected. She did not enjoy political life, once calling the Élysée Palace a "house of sadness".[1] The couple redecorated rooms in the Élysée Palace in modern style, with painted aluminium walls and colourful carpets by Yaacov Agam, and soft furnishings by Pierre Paulin.[2] Her husband died in office in 1974. The daring decorations were removed by the next President, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.[2]

De Gaulle appointed Georges Pompidou as Prime Minister of France in 1962 and he served until 1968. The couple did not move to the Prime Minister's official residence at the Hôtel Matignon, staying instead in their apartment in Quai de Béthune on Île Saint-Louis.[3] Pompidou won public acclaim for his handling of the May 1968 strike but it caused friction with De Gaulle, leading to his resignation as Prime Minister once the crisis had passed. Meanwhile, Mme Pompidou was noted for her interest in fashion.[2]

Political life

Georges Pompidou fought in the Battle of France in the Second World War, before resuming his career as a teacher. He joined the staff of Charles de Gaulle after France was liberated.[3] He joined de Rothschild Frères as a banker in 1953, and became general manager of a bank in 1956.

She moved to lycée.[3] The couple married in 1935.[2] Their adopted son, Alain Pompidou, was born in 1942.[1]

She was born Claude Jacqueline Cahour in Château-Gontier, Mayenne, one of two daughters of a doctor.[2][3] Her mother died when she was three years old.[3]

Life before politics


  • Life before politics 1
  • Political life 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • Pompidou Centre 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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