Bertrand de Jouvenel

French politician Bertrand de Jouvenel

Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins, usually known only as Bertrand de Jouvenel was a French philosopher, political economist, and futurist.
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  • 1987
    Age 83
    Died on March 1, 1987.
  • 1983
    Age 79
    De Jouvenel sued in 1983, claiming nine counts of libel, two of which the court upheld.
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  • 1947
    Age 43
    Jouvenel's mother passionately supported Czechoslovakian independence, and so he began his career as a private secretary to Edvard Beneš, Czechoslovakia's first prime minister. In 1947, along with Friedrich Hayek, Jacques Rueff, and Milton Friedman, he founded the Mont Pelerin Society.
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  • 1938
    Age 34
    That same year he joined Jacques Doriot's Parti populaire français (PPF). He became the editor in chief of its journal L'Émancipation nationale (National Emancipation), wherein he supported fascism. He broke with the PPF in 1938 when Doriot supported the Munich Agreement.
  • 1936
    Age 32
    In February 1936 he interviewed Adolf Hitler for the journal Paris-Midi, for which he was criticised for being too friendly to the dictator.
  • 1935
    Age 31
    He began a paper with Pierre Andreu called La Lutte des jeunes (The Struggle of the Young) while at the same time contributing to the right wing paper Gringoire, for which he covered the 1935 Nuremberg Congress in Germany where the infamous Nuremberg Laws were passed.
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  • 1934
    Age 30
    However, that same year, Jouvenel was impressed by the riot of the antiparliamentary leagues that occurred on 6 February 1934, became disillusioned with traditional political parties and left the Radical Party.
    In his memoirs, The Invisible Writing, Arthur Koestler recalled that in 1934, Jouvenel was among a small number of French intellectuals who promised moral and financial support to the newly established Institut pour l'Étude du Fascisme, a supposedly self-financing enterprise of the Popular Front.
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  • 1930
    Age 26
    From 1930 to 1934, Jouvenel had an affair with the American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.
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  • 1920
    Age 16
    In 1920, when he was a mere 16, Bertrand began an affair with his stepmother, who was then in her late 40s.
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  • 1912
    Age 8
    Henri divorced Sarah in 1912 to become the second husband of French writer Colette.
  • 1903
    Born on October 31, 1903.
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