Christiane Rimbaud

Maurice Schumann His Voice and Face Publication date : February 1, 2000

Maurice Schumann was widely known as “the voice of the Free French” on the BBC during World War II. Closely associated with Charles de Gaulle in those years, he later broke with him to lead his own republican politiacal movement during the Fourth Republic. Strongly identified with the Chrisitian democrats in France, he is also remembered for his defence of European unity and as one of its architects.
After making a political comeback as Foreign Secretary alongside Jacques Chaban-Delmas during Georges Pompidou’s presidential term, he gradually distanced himself from politics, becoming an observer, an inspiration, and a moral and philosophical model. At the end of his life he said he regretted not having dedicated his life entirely to his real vocation, writing.
Christiane Rimbaud offers a vivid portrait of a French intellectual whose life was spent in the service of his country. Her biography, based on a series of long interviews with Maurice Schumann shortly before his death in February 1998, successfully brings to life Maurice Schumann’s voice and ideas.

Christiane Rimbaud, a writer and historian, has written biographies of Pierre Bérégovoy and Antoine Pinay (published by Perrin). She is also the author of an essay on the trial of Pierre Mendès-France.