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During his 38 years throughout the French flagship, he was one of the architects of the nuclear sector in France… typically at the price of threats.

By BL with AFP

Marcel Boiteux remained honorary president of EDF after his retirement in the 1980s.
Marcel Boiteux remained honorary president of EDF after his retirement within the Eighties.
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une determine of EDF goes out. Thursday September 7, the EDF group introduced the demise, Wednesday, of its former CEO Marcel Boiteux at the age of 101. The man spent his whole profession within the firm “Électrcité de France” from 1949, turning into normal director in 1967, then president (1979-1987), and eventually honorary president. “The death of Marcel Boiteux” occurred “(Wednesday) at the end of the day,” an EDF spokesperson informed Agence France-Presse.

Marcel Boiteux had launched the slogan “All nuclear, all electric” a number of months earlier than the 1973 OPEC oil embargo towards the United States, earlier than the second oil shock of 1979 confirmed his possibility. “A legacy to defend. Thank you,” responded on the social community X (previously Twitter) the Renaissance MP for Hauts-de-Seine, additionally a nuclear engineer, Maud Bregeon. “Artist of a national consensus around civil nuclear power, the linchpin of the Messmer plan”, the huge program for the development of nuclear energy vegetation introduced in 1974, he embodied “French energy”, in response to the MP.

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Under his management, the institution has, for greater than ten years, mobilized its technical, monetary and human sources to fulfill the nuclear problem. But Marcel Boiteux needed to struggle a really powerful battle towards opponents of nuclear power, and had narrowly escaped an assault – a bomb had exploded at the doorway to his dwelling in 1977.

38 years at EDF

Marcel Boiteux, born on May 9, 1922 in Niort (Deux-Sèvres), in a Protestant household, was the son and grandson of normaliens. A Normalian himself, a graduate of Sciences Po and an affiliate professor of arithmetic, he started his profession in 1947 at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) after sensible service through the Second World War.

Joining EDF two years later, he reigned over the overall financial research division for 9 years, earlier than shifting up the hierarchy: he was deputy normal director (1967), then normal director the identical 12 months, earlier than taking up. chairman of the board of administrators in 1979. Admitted to retirement in 1987, he turned honorary president of EDF.

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Elected in 1992 to the (*101*) of Moral and Political Sciences, Marcel Boiteux had additionally chaired quite a few organizations: European Center for Public Enterprise (1982-1985), Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHES) (1985-1994), Conference World Energy Commission (1986-1989), board of administrators of the Institut Pasteur (1988-1994), EDF Foundation (1987-2001).

In 2008, he turned a member of the Strategic Orientation Committee of the Sustainable Environment Federation (FED), an affiliation against wind energy. Marcel Boiteux was Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, Croix-de-guerre 39-45, Commander of the German Order of Merit.