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Source: President of the Republic of France in French The President of the French Republic issued the following statement:

Jean Gandois, a leading industry leader and former president of the CNPF, the ancestor of Medef, died on August 7, at the age of 90. Born in Limousin in 1930, Jean Gandois grew up surrounded by parents with profiles as different as they were affirmed, between a free-thinker father-collector of finances and a very religious mother-daughter of a butcher. From the war, he kept the memory of the uniforms of the SS Das Reich division, crossed when he was 14 years old on June 10, 1944: this division had just massacred the inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane a few hours earlier. .

After brilliant studies, the young engineering graduate of Ponts et Chaussées began his career in French Guinea, then in Peru and Brazil as an expert for road works. Then he entered the French industrial scene by joining the Wendel group in 1961. From then on he took on the very first roles: CEO of the steelmaker Sollac in 1975, he took the head of the chemical group Rhône-Poulenc four years later, before taking over the management of aluminum champion Pechiney in 1986. A true captain of industry, he had to face several storms: the one that shook the French steel industry in the 1970s, then the one that shook the sector textile and aluminum. Its course was set: defend French competitiveness, while committing to a corporate citizen.

He did not deviate from this when he was at the helm of the CNPF: at 64, Jean Gandois was indeed starting another career, this time wearing the hat of “boss of employers”. He was an astonishing and explosive president: authoritarian but attentive, sometimes harsh but always frank. Insisting on the importance of social dialogue, he invited for the first time in a long time the CGT to come and discuss at the CNPF, pronounced in 1995, to the amazement of his peers, for a rise in wages, and ruled in the midst of the social conflict. to metro drivers who felt they had to retire early. He sounded his greatest bang on October 10, 1997: when he learned of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin’s decision to make the 35 hours binding, he left the social summit furious, claiming to have been “fooled”, and resigned with crash. A decision unprecedented in the history of French employers, which he took for the second time in protest against the State – already, in 1982, he had slammed the door of Rhône Poulenc to oppose the interventionism of power.

“Exploded man”, as his relatives nicknamed him, always between two planes, always between several missions, Jean Gandois divided his time between his various positions, of boss of industries and administrator of large groups, and shared his life between Paris and Brussels, as at home in the Parisian offices of the CNPF as in the Belgian factories of the steel company Cockerill Sambre, of which he took charge in 1987.This professional experience reinforced his faith in Europe, for which he campaigned with German and Flemish bosses, talking to them without an interpreter, and which he defended during the debates of the Confrontations Europe think tank.

The President of the Republic salutes the career of this man of his word, who brought social dialogue to life and who had remained faithful throughout his life to his conviction that the company could be a place of well-being on condition of being a citizen. He sends his sincere condolences to his family, loved ones, and former colleagues.

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