Politician - Mayor

Born in a family of industrials, Michel d’Ornano started his career as a business executive when he created, with his father and his brother, the Jean d’Albret-Orlane Company before beginning his local and national political career. He was elected Mayor of Deauville in 1962, and was Deputy of the Calvados department from 1967 to 1991, General Councilor of the Calvados department (1976-1991), President of the Calvados General Council (1979-1991) and of the Regional Council of Lower-Normandy (1983-1986). He was named Minister under the presidency of Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1974. He was successively appointed Minister of Culture and Environment (1977-1978) and Minister of the Environment and Living Conditions (1978-1981).

He was also President of the National Assembly’s Finance commission from 1986 to 1988.

In 1988, while conserving his position as President of the Calvados General Council, he came back to the economy world following his nomination as Vice-President of Socpresse, a subsidiary of the Hersant group. In March 1991, Michel d’Ornano died in a car accident.