|Member of the French Senate for Essonne|
1 October 2004 – 1 October 2017
|Succeeded by||Laure Darcos|
4 April 1925
|Died||28 May 2018 (aged 93)
|Alma mater||École Polytechnique
Serge Dassault (French: [sɛʁʒ daso]; 4 April 1925 – 28 May 2018) was a French heir, business executive and politician. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Group and was a conservative politician.
Early life and education
Serge Dassault was the son of Madeline Dassault (née Minckes) and Marcel Dassault, from whom he inherited the Dassault Group. Both his parents were of Jewish heritage, but later converted to Roman Catholicism.
During the Second World War, he was jailed when his father was sent to Buchenwald for refusing any cooperation from his society, Bordeaux-Aéronautique, directed by Henri Déplante, André Curvale and Claude de Cambronne, with the German aviation industry.
He studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly. He held engineering degrees from the École Polytechnique (class of 1946) and Supaéro (class of 1951). In 1963, he received an Executive MBA| from HEC Paris.
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After the elder Dassault’s death in 1986, Serge Dassault continued developing the company, with the help of CEOs Charles Edelstenne and Éric Trappier. His group also owned the newspaper Le Figaro. In December 1998, he was sentenced to two years’ probation in the BelgianAgusta scandal, and was fined 60,000 Belgian francs (about €1,500).
He was a member of the Union for a Popular Movement political party, as is his son Olivier, who is a deputy in the National Assembly. He was a former mayor of the city of Corbeil-Essonnes, a southern suburb of Paris.
In 2004, he became a senator, and in that position, he was an outspoken advocate of conservative positions on economic and employment issues, claiming that France’s taxes and workforce regulations ruin its entrepreneurs. In 2005, he inaugurated the €2 million Islamic cultural centre (comprising a mosque) in his city of Corbeil-Essonnes. In November 2012, responding to the Ayrault government‘s plan to legalise same-sex marriage, he controversially said, during an interview for France Culture, that authorising it would cause “no more renewal of the population. […] We’ll have a country of homosexuals. And so in ten years there’ll be nobody left. It’s stupid”.
Personal life and death
Dassault married Nicole Raffel on 5 July 1950. They had four children: Olivier, Laurent, Thierry, and Marie-Hélène.[user-generated source] He died suddenly at his office at the Dassault group headquarters in Paris on 28 May 2018, from heart failure at the age of 93.
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