Dominique de Villepin Paris, France
- Early contender for the French Presidency in 2012
- Prime Minister of France (2005-07)
- Foreign Minister of France (2002-04)
Dominique de Villepin Speaker Profile:
Dominique de Villepin was Prime Minister of the French Republic from 2005 to 2007 under the Presidency of Jacques Chirac. He is one of the foremost advocates of a new global governance based on multilateralism, and a reformist leader in French, European and global policy.
Dominique began his career as a lawyer and diplomat, then entered politics to become Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-04), Minister of the Interior (2004-05) and then Prime Minister (2005-07). He is an advocate for the defence of identity and the dialogue of cultures, both of which are indispensable requirements for peace and stability.
Dominique de Villepin has worked to formulate strategies and find solutions to deal with problems and conflicts – from the violence in the suburbs of French cities, which he brought under control by invoking a state of emergency at the end of 2005, to the regional conflicts of Africa and the Middle East. In France, he led the “battle for jobs” that produced a historic reduction of the unemployment rate by nearly 20 percent.
De Villepin is a highly-respected global commentator. He discusses the challenges of our time: terrorism, proliferation, immigration, the environment, the need for an international response based on a new state of global governance, and the importance of respecting identity and culture in founding a new international order.
De Villepin has written a number of political articles, essays, and books, including ‘The Hundred Days; or, The Spirit of Sacrifice’ (2001), which centres on Napoleon’s return from exile on Elba. “Toward a New World: Speeches, Essays, and Interviews on the War in Iraq, the UN, and the Changing Face of Europe” was published in 2000. He also published a volume of politically motivated poems, ‘The Shark and the Seagull’ (2004). His most recent book titled “Mémoire de paix pour temps de guerre” was published in 2016.
Soon after his exit from daily political life, on 9 January 2008 de Villepin returned to legal practice. Since then, he has travelled on business to Iran, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia.
Dominique was born in North Africa and grew up in South America. He is an advocate for the defence of identity and the dialogue of cultures, seeing them both as indispensable requirements for peace and stability. Openly critical of Nicolas Sarkozy’s “imperial rule”, Dominique was an early candidate for the French Presidency in 2012.
For availability and speaker fees, please contact Dominique de Villepin’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries