François-Xavier Ortoli

François-Xavier Ortoli

Ortoli (left) with Wilhelm Haferkamp (right)
5th President of the European Commission
In office
Preceded by Sicco Mansholt
Succeeded by Roy Jenkins
French Minister of the Economy
In office
President Charles de Gaulle
Prime Minister Maurice Couve de Murville
Preceded by Maurice Couve de Murville
Succeeded by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Personal details
Born (1925-02-16)16 February 1925
Ajaccio, Corsica
Died 30 November 2007(2007-11-30) (aged 82)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1976)
Rally for the Republic (1976–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–2007)
Alma mater ÉNA

François-Xavier Ortoli (16 February 1925 – 30 November 2007) was a French Gaullist politician and businessman. He 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. He 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. He 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.

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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