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|French Minister of the Economy|
|Prime Minister||Jean-Pierre Raffarin|
|Preceded by||Laurent Fabius|
|Succeeded by||Nicolas Sarkozy|
|Born||25 May 1939|
|Alma mater||École Polytechnique, Mines ParisTech|
Francis Mer (born 25 May 1939, in Pau) is a French businessman, industrialist and politician. A former alumnus of the École Polytechnique, and of the École des Mines de Paris, he is a member of the Corps des mines. He was hired in 1970 by the Saint-Gobain group. In 1982, he became chairman of the board of Pont-à-Mousson SA. In the 1980s, he joined the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.
Following the 1986 legislative elections and the nomination of the conservative Jacques Chirac as Prime Minister, he was nominated as president of the new Usinor group. He was reelected to his position in 1995, upon the group's privatization, and renamed the group Arcelor in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he was Minister of Finances in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's conservative government.
In June 2009, he became chairman of the board of Safran.
| Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry
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