Georges Pompidou was the Prime Minister of France from 1962 to 1968 and later President of the French Republic from 1969 until his death in 1974.Early Life (Childhood)
Pompidou was born in the commune of Montboudif, in the department of Cantal in central France as Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure with a degree in literature.Interesting Facts
After France's liberation, Pompidou met General Charles de Gaulle in 1944, and was selected to be his adviser on economics and education. He also worked on the constitution for France's new Fifth Republic.Personal Life
In 1935, Pompidou married Claude Jacqueline Cahour, who was studying law in Paris. Their daughter was born with Down's Syndrome; Alain, their foster son was born in 1942.Achievement
Georges Pompidou is remembered as a chief architect of the most successful republic France had known, a man who successfully presided over the transition from a charismatic leader to one who had to rely on more normal mechanisms.Rumor
Georges Pompidou had to fight rumors in the Markovic affair in 1968, which accused him and his wife of participation in swing parties and various orgies.