|50th Prime Minister of France|
29 April 1896 – 28 June 1898
|Preceded by||Léon Bourgeois|
|Succeeded by||Henri Brisson|
|Born||20 May 1838|
|Died||21 December 1925 (aged 87)|
|Political party||Progressive Republican|
Félix Jules Méline (French pronunciation: [ʒyl melin]; 20 May 1838 – 21 December 1925) was a French statesman, prime minister from 1896 to 1898.
Méline was born at Remiremont. Having taken up law as his profession, he was chosen a deputy in 1872, and in 1879 he was for a short time under-secretary to the minister of the interior. In 1880 he came to the front as the leading spokesman of the party which favoured the protection of French industries, and he had a considerable share in fashioning the protectionist legislation of the years 1890–1902. From 1883 to 1885 Méline was minister for agriculture, and in 1888–1889 he was president of the Chamber of Deputies. In 1896 he became premier (président du conseil) and minister for agriculture, offices which he vacated in 1898.
Méline's Ministry, 29 April 1896 – 28 June 1898:
- Jules Méline – President of the Council and Minister of Agriculture
- Gabriel Hanotaux – Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Jean-Baptiste Billot – Minister of War
- Louis Barthou – Minister of the Interior
- Georges Cochery – Minister of Finance
- Jean-Baptiste Darlan – Minister of Justice
- Armand Louis Charles Gustave Besnard – Minister of Marine
- Alfred Rambaud – Minister of Public Instruction, Fine Arts, and Worship
- André Lebon – Minister of Colonies
- Adolphe Turrel – Minister of Public Works
- Henry Boucher – Minister of Commerce, Industry, Posts, and Telegraphs
- 26 September 1896 – Jean-Baptiste Darlan succeeds Rambaud as Minister of Worship, remaining also Minister of Justice. Rambaud remains Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts.
- 1 December 1897 – Victor Milliard succeeds Darlan as Minister of Justice and Worship.
- 31 May 1898 – Gabriel Hanotaux succeeds Lebon as interim Minister of Colonies, remaining also Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Chisholm 1911, p. 94.
- Michael S. Smith, "The Méline Tariff as Social Protection: Rhetoric or Reality?" International Review of Social History (1992) 37 : pp 230-243
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Méline, Félix Jules". Encyclopædia Britannica. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 94.
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