1934 – Born on the 27th of January in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris.
1974 – Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist party, responsible for youth.
1979 – Member of the European Parliament.
1981 – French agriculture minister.
1983 – Minister for Trade.
1988-1990 – French European affairs minister.
1991 – Cresson was appointed to the prime ministerial post by President François Mitterrand on the 15th of May.
1992 – She soon became strongly unpopular among the electorate and had to leave office after less than one year, following the Socialists’ poor showing in regional elections.
1995 – European Commissioner for Education, Research and Sciences.
1997 – On the expiry of his contract on the 1st of March, Berthelot was offered another visiting scientist’s contract, for a period of one year expiring at the end of February 1998.
– On the 31st of December, Mr Berthelot requested the termination of his contract from that date, on medical grounds.
1999 – She was the main target in the fraud allegations that led to the resignation of the Santer Commission.