René Monory

René Monory

René Monory in 1986
President of the Senate of France
In office
2 October 1992  1 October 1998
Preceded by Alain Poher
Succeeded by Christian Poncelet
French Minister of National Education
In office
20 March 1986  10 May 1988
President François Mitterrand
Prime Minister Jacques Chirac
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Chevènement
Succeeded by Lionel Jospin
French Minister of the Economy
In office
31 March 1978  22 May 1981
President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Prime Minister Raymond Barre
Preceded by Raymond Barre
Succeeded by Jacques Delors
Personal details
Born (1923-06-06)6 June 1923
Loudun, France
Died 11 April 2009(2009-04-11) (aged 85)
Loudun, France
Nationality French
Political party UDF

René Monory (6 June 1923 – 11 April 2009[1]) was a French centre-right politician.


René Monory was born in Loudun and began his career as the owner of a garage. He was the founder of the Poitiers Futuroscope.

Monory first became a Senator in 1968. A member of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), he was Minister of Economy and Finance (1978–1981) in the government of Raymond Barre. He was President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes from March 1985 to March 1986. He later served as Minister of Education (1986–1988) in the government of Jacques Chirac. He succeeded Alain Poher as President of the Senate in 1992.

He served as President of the Senate for two terms. He was defeated for re-election to the post on 1 October 1998, withdrawing after the first round of voting; Christian Poncelet was elected in the third round.[2]

He died in Loudun, aged 85.

Political career

Governmental functions

Electoral mandates

Senate of France

Regional Council

General Council

Municipal Council

Community of communes Council


  1. Le Monde: 'L'ancien président du Sénat René Monory est mort'
  2. "Gaullist elected as speaker of French upper house", France 2 TV teletext (, 2 October 1998.
Political offices
Preceded by
Raymond Barre
Minister of Economy
Succeeded by
Jacques Delors
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Chevènement
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Lionel Jospin
Preceded by
Alain Poher
President of the French Senate
Succeeded by
Christian Poncelet
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