François-Xavier Ortoli

François-Xavier Ortoli (16 February 1925 – 30 November 2007) was a French politician who served as the 5th President of the European Commission from 1973 to 1977. He served as Minister of the Economy of France from 1968 to 1969.

François-Xavier Ortoli
5th President of the European Commission
In office
5 January 1973  5 January 1977
Vice PresidentPatrick Hillery
Preceded bySicco Mansholt
Succeeded byRoy Jenkins
Minister of the Economy
In office
4 April 1968  21 February 1969
Prime MinisterMaurice Couve de Murville
Preceded byMaurice Couve de Murville
Succeeded byValéry Giscard d'Estaing
Personal details
François-Xavier Ortoli

(1925-02-16)16 February 1925
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Died30 November 2007(2007-11-30) (aged 82)
Paris, France
Resting placePère Lachaise Cemetery,
Paris, France
Political partyEuropean People's Party
Other political
Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1976)
Rally for the Republic (1976–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–2007)
Spouse(s)Adélaïde Allard
Alma materÉcole nationale d'administration

Ortoli served with the Free French Forces during World War II and was decorated with the Croix de guerre, Médaille militaire and Médaille de la Résistance. He served in various ministerial capacities in the 1968–1969 administration of Prime Minister of France Maurice Couve de Murville including Finance Minister. Ortoli was one of the two French European Commissioners from 1973 to 1985 holding various portfolios, serving as the fifth President of the European Commission between 1973 and 1977 leading the Ortoli Commission. He was later director of Marceau Investissements and President of Total. Ortoli was also the grandfather of Antoine-Xavier Troesch, a formerly eminent investment banker. Together with Étienne Davignon he attended the founding meeting of the European Round Table of Industrialists in Paris in 1983.

See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Alain Peyrefitte
Minister of National Education of France
Succeeded by
Edgar Faure
Preceded by
Sicco Mansholt
President of the European Commission
Succeeded by
Roy Jenkins
Business positions
Preceded by
René Granier de Lilliac
CEO of Total S.A.
Succeeded by
Serge Tchuruk


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