(born April 13
) is a French Socialist
politician who served as Foreign Minister
in the government of Pierre Mauroy
from 1981 to 1984.
Cheysson joined the Foreign Ministry in 1948 and became head of the liaison service with the West German
authorities the following year. As he moved through the ranks of the Foreign Ministry, he served as counselor to the president of the government of French Indochina
in 1952, cabinet chief of Premier Pierre Mendès-France
from 1954 to 1955, and general secretary of the Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa
from 1957 to 1962. He was director of the Organisme Saharien
from 1962 until 1965, and ambassador
from 1966 to 1969.
In 1973, Cheysson was appointed as the French European Commissioner. His first post, which he held until 1977, was in charge of development policy, cooperation, budgets, and financial control. From 1977 until 1981, he took on the development portfolio.
In 1981 he left the Commission, and became a member of the French Government until 1985. He then joined the Delors Commission, where he was responsible for and Mediterranean policy and North-South relations until 1989.