Louis Le Pensec (centre-left) next to President François Mitterrand (Photo by Alain Nogues/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

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Louis Le Pensec (1980 – 1990)


Louis Le Pensec, the distinguished former French minister, passed away on January 10, 2024, at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy of political service and advocacy.

Born on January 8, 1937, in Mellac, Finistère, Le Pensec was a prominent figure in French politics during the 1980s and 1990s.

A staunch socialist and dedicated public servant, Le Pensec served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister of the Sea, and Minister of Overseas Territories under President François Mitterrand.

He played a pivotal role in negotiating key agreements, including the Matignon and Oudinot Accords for New Caledonia, which helped secure peace on the island.

Le Pensec’s contributions extended beyond national borders. As President of the Association française du conseil des communes et régions d’Europe (AFCCRE) and Vice-President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), he advocated for European values and city solidarity.

His dedication to fostering cooperation among municipalities across Europe was evident in his support for twinning initiatives, which aimed to promote mutual understanding and collaboration.

In recognition of his unwavering commitment to the European project, CEMR mourned the passing of Louis Le Pensec.

In addition to his national and European roles, Le Pensec served as the mayor of Mellac, Brittany, for over 26 years, where he demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to serving his local community.

His remarkable influence and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on the community, inspiring unity and solidarity among cities.

Louis Le Pensec’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations in the pursuit of a more regional, united, and cohesive Europe.