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Former French Prime Minister & Chairman of the Advisory Council Counterpart Europe
Michel Rocard was Prime Minister of France from 1988-1991 and he is now the vociferous Chairman of the Advisory Council Counterpart Europe.
As Prime Minister, Mr Rocard contributed significantly to the strengthening of the bilateral relationship between Australia and France a Cambodian peace settlement. He played an important role in joint Australian-French efforts to preserve the continent of Antarctica, leading to a comprehensive environment protection regime incorporating a prohibition on mining.
After studying at the École Nationale d′Administration and the Institut d′Études Politiques, he joined the civil service. He led the Unified Socialist party, was active in the 1968 student demonstrations, and won a small percentage of the1969 presidential vote. In 1974, he supported François Mitterrand for the presidency and later merged his party with the new Socialist party.
In Mitterrand′s government, he held several ministerial appointments, however he resigned in 1985 over a disagreement concerning a proposal for proportional representation made by the government of Laurent Fabius. In 1988 he became premier, but was criticized by the left for moving to the right economically. In May, 1991, he was replaced by Edith Cresson. Mr Rocard served as head of the Socialist party from 1993 to 1994.