1923 – Born on the 3rd of July in Quimper.
1953 – He created the “Club of the Jacobins”, near to the radical left and which supported Pierre Mendès France.
1956 – On the 2nd of January, he was elected to the French Parliament from the 6th sector of the Seine on the Republican Front ticket.
1962 – He took part in the founding of the PSU and allied with François Mitterrand.
1970 – He joined the Socialist Party and became the party’s specialist on defense affairs, military and nuclear questions.
1974 – In April, he formed the “Coran”, or convention of the reserve officers for the new army, which amalgamated with the Commission of the defense of the PS.
1977 – In March, he was elected mayor of Villeurbanne, which became an appointive position the following year.
1981 – In May, he became Minister for Defense after the victory of François Mitterrand in the presidential election.
1985 – On the 10th of July, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was dynamited in the port of Auckland, New Zealand by agents of the DGSE.
1990 – Died on the 17th of January.