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Edgard Pisani

Edgard Pisani (born 9 October 1918)[1] is a French statesman, philosopher, and writer. He was born in Tunis[1] of French parents of Maltese origin.[2] He spent his childhood in Tunisia and later studied in Paris. Pisani holds a "licence de lettres" from La Sorbonne, and a Doctorate in political science .[3]

He held positions in various governments in France: Senator (1954-1961)(1974-1981), Minister of Agriculture (1961-1966), Parliamentarian (1967-1968), European Commissioner (1981-1985), Minister of New Caledonia (1985), President of the Arab World Institute (1988-1995). In 1992, with Bertrand Hervieu, he formed the Groupe de Seillac[4] followed in 1995 by the Groupe de Bruges, both being think tanks specialising in agricultural and rural affairs. Since 1992, he has been a member of the French Economic and Social Council.[1]

In 1993, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) by the University of Bath.[5]


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  • La Région… pour quoi faire ou le Triomphe des Jacondins, éd. Calmann-Lévy, 1969.
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  • La Main Et L'outil", éd. Robert Laffont, 1984.
  • Pour l'Afrique, éd. Odile Jacob, 1988.
  • Persiste et signe, éd. Odile Jacob, 1992.
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  • La Passion de L'Etat", éd. arléa, 1998.
  • Une Certaine Idée du Monde: L'utopie comme méthode", éd. Seuil, 2001.
  • Un vieil homme et la terre, éd. Seuil, 2004.
  • Vive la révolte ! Un vieil homme et la politique, éd. Seuil, 2006.
  • Une politique mondiale pour nourrir le monde, éd. Springer, 2007.
  • Le Sens de l'État, Éditions de l'Aube, 2008.
  • Mes mots: Pistes à réflexion", éd. de l'aube, 2013.



  1. ^ a b c "Edgar Pisani" (in Français). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Pisani, Edgard (1991). Persiste et signe (in Français). Odile Jacob. p. 478. 
  3. ^ "Pisani Edgard" (in Français). French Senate. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brief history of the Bruges Group" (PDF). Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present".  

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