Dominique de Villepin, Rabat, Morocco

Dominique de Villepin
Dominique Marie Francois Rene Galouzeau de Villepin, more commonly known as Dominique de Villepin, born November 14, 1953 in Rabat, Morocco, is a politician, diplomat and writer French.

Close associate of Jacques Chirac, he is secretary general of the Elysee Palace from 1995, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Interior in the governments Raffarin. He was appointed Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, May 31, 2005. Following the movement against the First Employment Contract and the Clearstream affair, Dominique de Villepin renounce any ambitions for the presidential election of 2007 and leaves office May 15, 2007.

Member of the UMP, he is the head of the current "Villepin and now chairs Republic solidarity.

Origins and family
Dominique Marie Francois Rene Galouzeau de Villepin is the son of Xavier Galouzeau de Villepin, then Senator centrist UMP, and Yvonne Heti, first counselor of the tribunal.

Dominique de Villepin is distant aristocratic descent, born of the nobility. It is the direct descendant in the fourth generation of Marie-Eugénie of Baltayock Blair, Baroness Seewald (1815-1896), and former resident of the castle of Chateauneuf-sur-Loire. The title of baroness it inherited from his grandfather Lorraine Alexis Crolbois, knighted March 15, 1794 by Francis II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The knighthood awarded to him and his descendants of both sexes according to the official proclamation:

"Moreover, having served for thirty years and so far post in the diplomatic corps and he has earned the full confidence and approval of the Court Service in Trier for 18 years, and that was, moreover, as a Privy Councillor of State and Plenipotentiary to the Elector of Trier, Prince of Nassau Saarbrücken, sent to the court of King Most Christian [...] him and his descendants Both sexes [...] dignity of Baron Freedom of Holy Roman Empire under the name: Seewald. It is naturalized in the principality of Saarbrücken under the name "Alexis de Crolbois Seewald" 20 December 1788.

Marie Eugenie Blair to marry in the eighteenth century Baltayock Francis Xavier Galouzeau, a lawyer by profession. This will take its name from the particle "de Villepin" in homage to his great grandmother, Marie de Villepin Tourmont, herself the daughter of Louis de Villepin Tourmont, Count de Villepin and Tourmont Marie Victorine Varenne.

Dominique de Villepin comes from a long family tradition of servants of the French state, which include military officers, senator, diplomat, business leader and students the most prestigious schools in the republic (including Saint Cyr, Polytechnique, HEC and ENA). The direct descendants of Marie-Eugénie of Baltayock Blair and her husband Francois-Xavier Galouzeau de Villepin has 18 decorated with the Legion of Honor, including 16 military.

Early life
Dominique de Villepin spent most of his childhood abroad, in Africa, the United States, Latin America and especially Venezuela.

He returned to France and continued his studies at Toulouse, first at the Jesuit prep school where he received his Caousou tray (with honors) at the age of 16, then at the Faculty of Letters. Schoolboy in Caracas, he is fifteen years, in May 68, the only striker in its establishment.

He then went to the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris while following a university course in law, then at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, where he released in the promotion Voltaire, with Henri de Castries Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Francois Hollande and Segolene Royal. It will rank 25th in the promotion.

He joined in 1977 at the Rally for the Republic (RPR).

He completed his military service in the Navy as an officer on the aircraft carrier Clemenceau, before taking his first job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Upon graduation from ENA, he began in 1980 a career diplomat as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. From 1984-1992, he was successively first secretary of the Embassy of France to the United States, Director of Press to the same embassy, then first counselor of the Embassy of France in India.

Marriage and children
Dominique de Villepin is married to Marie-Laure Le Guay, born November 2, 1962, in Paris, a family originally from Martinique. She is the daughter of Roger Le Guay, a stockbroker in Paris. They were married August 3, 1985.

They have three children, Marie de Villepin, born in 1986, model and actress.

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