BiographyHe begins his career with the National center from the foreign trade (C.N.C.E.).
In 1953, it creates the “Club of the Jacobins”, near to the radical left and which supports Pierre Mendès France.
January 2nd 1956, it is elected Député of the 6th sector of the the Seine (Aubervilliers, Saint-Denis, Montreuil, Vincennes), under the label republican Front. After the arrival of the General de Gaulle with the capacity, it loses its mandate of member of Parliament.
In 1962, it takes part in the foundation of PSU and approaches François Mitterrand. It adheres then to the PS and becomes, throughout the Seventies, the specialist in the questions of defense within the Socialist party. It creates in April 1974 “Coran”, Convention of the reserve officers for the new army, which amalgamates then with the Commission of the defense of the PS. He becomes the person in charge of the policy of the party for the military and nuclear questions.
Governmental functionsIn May 1981, it becomes Minister for Defense after the victory of François Mitterrand with the presidential election of 1981, in the following governments:
- Government Pierre Mauroy (1): from May 22nd to June 23rd, 1981
- Government Pierre Mauroy (2): from June 23rd, 1981 to March 22nd, 1983
- Government Pierre Mauroy (3): from March 22nd, 1983 to July 19th, 1984
- Government Laurent Fabius: from July 19th, 1984 to September 20th, 1985
- Appointed radical socialist of the the Seine: 1956 - 1958,
- appointed PS of the the Rhone: elected official in 1978, re-elected in 1981, 1986 and 1988 (until its death in 1990).
The Business of the Rainbow WarriorThe July 10th 1985, the ship of Greenpeace the Rainbow Warrior is dynamited in the port of Auckland in New Zealand by agents of DGSE. This attack costs the life Fernando Pereira, photographer Dutch, of Portuguese origin. The scandal of the '' Rainbow Warrior '' bursts and involves its resignation later two months. The majority of the observers agree to say that Charles Hernu was used for this occasion of “fuse” for “more high ranking authorities” certainly informed of the operation.
In 2005, the newspaper Le Monde publishes extracts of a report/ratio gone back to 1986 writing by the former chief of DGSE, the admiral Pierre Lacoste. According to the daily newspaper, the admiral Lacoste affirms that the French spies who posed the bombs acted under the order of François Mitterrand itself. To be precise Lacoste this says exactly in May 1985: it would have met president Mitterrand to inform him of an action of " neutralization" ship greenpeace that the president would have approved… But Lacoste does not claim that Mitterrand knew the details… Seul Hernu of them knew… Mitterrand simply knew without knowing the details of them (the fact of posing a bomb) and dates it but approximately that an action was going to be carried out against Rainbow Warrior….It would have accepted if it had known the details of them? Perhaps he thought naively which the action would be the same one as in 1973 with knowing a boarding?
For a still unknown reason, Jacques Chirac, which knew the implication of the president, did not make use of this information against him at the time of the electoral campaign of 1988. The reason was probably that France did not have the capacities of simulation of the Nuclear tests, which would have made it possible to avoid the underground testing in the atoll of Moruroa. Jacques Chirac did not want to probably reveal this technological delay compared to the United States. As of his election, president Chirac thus put the priority on this research.
In 1996, the magazine the Express train publishes an investigation according to which Charles Hernu would have been during ten years an agent of the Soviet intelligence services and satellite services of the USSR.
- Charles Hernu having been mayor of Villeurbanne of 1977 with 1990, the city gave its name to a place which it even with given its name to the station of subway Charpennes-Charles Hernu , which is the first station of the lines has and B located on the commune of Villeurbanne.
- Under the code Dinu , it worked for the foreigner, during the Cold war.
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