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Laurent Fabius - Fabius's Ministry, 19 July 1984 - 20 March 1986

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French statesman and prime minister (1984–6), born in Paris, France. He studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, joined the Council of State as an auditor in 1973, and became economic adviser to the Socialist Party (PS) leader, François Mitterrand, in 1976. Elected to the National Assembly in 1978, he was appointed budget minister when the PS gained power in 1981, minister for research and industry in 1983, and prime minister at the age of 37. He introduced a liberal, ‘free-market’ economic programme, which had some success, but he resigned following his party's electoral defeat in March 1986. Between 1989 and 1992 he was a member of the European Parliament, and in 1997 became president of the French National Assembly.

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