Félix Gaillard

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Félix Gaillard
96th Prime Minister of France
In office
6 November 1957 – 14 May 1958
Preceded byMaurice Bourgès-Maunoury
Succeeded byPierre Pflimlin
Personal details
Born5 November 1919
Died10 July 1970(1970-07-10) (aged 50)
near Jersey
Political partyRadical

Félix Gaillard d'Aimé (French: [feliks ɡajaʁ]; 1919–1970) was a French Radical politician who served as Prime Minister under the Fourth Republic from 1957 to 1958. He was the youngest head of a French government since Napoleon.[1]


A senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue Service, Gaillard joined the Resistance and served on its Finance committee. As a member of the Radical Party, he was elected deputy of Charente département in 1946. During the Fourth Republic, he held a number of governmental offices, notably as Minister of Economy and Finance in 1957.

Prime minister[edit]

He became Prime Minister in 1957, but, not unusually for the French Fourth Republic, his term of office lasted only a few months. Gaillard was defeated in a vote of no confidence by the French National Assembly, in March 1958, after the bombing of Sakiet-Sidi-Youssef, a Tunisian village.

Later political career[edit]

President of the Radical Party from 1958 to 1961, he advocated an alliance of the center-left and the center-right parties. He represented a generation of young politicians whose careers were blighted by the advent of the Fifth Republic.


Gaillard's end was tragic. In July 1970 he perished in a yachting accident.

Gaillard's Ministry, 6 November 1957 – 14 May 1958[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Ramadier
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Pierre Pflimlin
Preceded by
Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury
Prime Minister of France
Succeeded by
Pierre Pflimlin
Party political offices
Preceded by
Édouard Daladier
President of the Radical Party
Succeeded by
Maurice Faure