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Edgard Pisani
Edgard Pisani 1964.jpg
Edgard Pisani in 1964
President of the Arab World Institute
In office
Preceded byPaul Carton
Succeeded byCamille Cabana
High Commissioner of New Caledonia
In office
January 1985 – 22 May 1985
Preceded byJacques Roynette
Succeeded byFernand Wibaux
European Commissioner for Development
In office
22 May 1981 – 5 January 1985
PresidentGaston Thorn
Preceded byClaude Cheysson
Succeeded byLorenzo Natali
Minister of Agriculture
In office
21 August 1961 – 8 January 1966
PresidentCharles de Gaulle
Preceded byHenri Rochereau
Succeeded byEdgar Faure
Personal details
Edgard Pisani

(1918-10-09)9 October 1918
Tunis, French Tunisia
Died20 June 2016(2016-06-20) (aged 97)

Edgard Pisani (French: [pizani]; 9 October 1918 – 20 June 2016)[1] was a French statesman, philosopher, and writer.


Pisani was born in Tunis,[1] French Tunisia, 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]

A résistant and significant protagonist of the Liberation of Paris in August 1944,[4] 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[5] 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.[6] The Fonds Edgard Pisani are available in the Archives nationales of France. Pisani also served on the Agri-Energy Roundtable (AER)'s Committee of Honor, a UN accredited non-governmental organisation chaired by US Senator Jennings Randolph (D)-WV).

He died on 20 June 2016 at the age of 97.[7]


  • Principes: Project de Déclaration, éd. Librairie de Médicis, 1946.
  • La Région… pour quoi faire ou le Triomphe des Jacondins, éd. Calmann-Lévy, 1969.
  • Le Général indivis , éd. Albin Michel, 1974.
  • Utopie foncière, préface de Michel Rocard, éd. Gallimard, 1977.
  • Socialiste de raison, éd. Flammarion, 1978.
  • Défi du monde, éd. Ramsay, 1979.
  • La Main Et L'outil, éd. Robert Laffont, 1984.
  • Pour l'Afrique, éd. Odile Jacob, 1988.
  • Persiste et signe, éd. Odile Jacob, 1992.
  • "Pour une agriculture marchande et ménagère, La Tour de l'Aube", éd. Charles Léopold Mayer, 1994.
  • Entre le marché et les besoins des hommes. Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire mondiale (avec Pierre-Yves Guihéneuf), éd. Charles Léopold Mayer, 1996.
  • 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.
  • Croire pour vivre: méditations politiques, éd. Saint-Léger Éditions, 2015.


  • 2011 C'est beau la politique, vous savez!, un film documentaire de Jean Jacques Rault


  1. ^ a b c "Edgar Pisani" (in French). Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  2. ^ Pisani, Edgard (1991). Persiste et signe (in French). Odile Jacob. p. 18. ISBN 9782738101501.
  3. ^ "Pisani Edgard" (in French). French Senate. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  4. ^ Patrick Roger (21 June 2016), "Mort d'Edgard Pisani, résistant et ancien ministre de De Gaulle et de Mitterrand", Le Monde
  5. ^ "Brief history of the Bruges Group" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  7. ^ PRESS RELEASE. Disappearance of Edgard Pisani: Groupe de Bruges honors its founder

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