Pierre Arpaillange

Pierre Arpaillange
French Minister of Justice
In office
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Prime MinisterMichel Rocard
Preceded byAlbin Chalandon
Succeeded byHenri Nallet
First President of the Court of Audit
In office
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Preceded byAndré Chandernagor
Succeeded byPierre Joxe
Personal details
Born(1924-03-13)13 March 1924
Carlux, France
Died11 January 2017(2017-01-11) (aged 92)
Cannes, France

Pierre Arpaillange (13 March 1924 – 11 January 2017) was a French author, senior judge and Government Minister.


After obtaining his law degree, Arpaillange began a judicial career in 1949. He became Secrétaire Général du Parquet de la Cour d'Appel de Paris ("Secretary Prosecutor General of the Paris Court of Appeal") and Secrétaire Général du Parquet de la Cour de Cassation ("Secretary Prosecutor General of the Cour de Cassation") in 1962.

Seconded to the Ministry of Justice from 1965 to 1974, Arpaillange became adviser to the Minister and, on several occasions, Chief of Staff for the Minister of Justice and Director of Criminal Affairs and Pardons at the Chancellery. He was also a member of the Haut Conseil de l'Audiovisuel ("High Council for the Audiovisual Industry") in 1973.

Adviser to the Supreme Court from 1974, he was promoted to Attorney General at the Cour de Cassation in 1984. He became Keeper of the Seals and Minister of Justice in Michel Rocard's first and second governments (12 May 1988 to 1 October 1990). He famously committed a verbal blunder in the National Assembly.

He left the government in 1990 to serve as a member of the Comité d'Honneur du Bicentenaire de la Cour des Comptes ("Bicentennial Committee of Honour of the Cour des Comptes").



He authored La simple justice (Julliard, 1980) ("Simple Justice").

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This article was translated from its counterpart on the French Wikipedia on 16 March 2009, and its sources are listed there.