1925 – He was born on the 23rd of December in Déville-lès-Rouen, Haute-Normandie France.
1992-1993 – He served as Prime Minister under François Mitterrand.
1959 – He participated to the foundation of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU).
– He became an adviser of Pierre Mendès-France.
1967 – He create the pro-Mendès-France Union of clubs for the renewal of the left.
1969 – This group joined with Socialist Party (PS).
1981 – Mitterrand appointed him as secretary general of the presidency.
1982 – He joined the cabinet as Minister of Social affairs.
1983 – He was elected as Mayor of Nevers.
1984-1986 – He became French finance minister.
1986 – He served as deputy of Nièvre département.
1988 – He led his presidential campaign.
1992 – He was appointed as Prime Minister of France.
1993 – He resigned after the Socialist electoral collapse of the legislative election.
– He killed himself on the 1st of May after being ousted as prime minister and being implicated in personal use of campaign funds in Paris.