July 20, 1999 - July 19, 2004
June 6, 1934
|Political party||Rally for the Republic|
|Occupation||Member of the European Parliament|
Marie-France Garaud (born 3 March 1934) is a French politician.
She was a private advisor for President Pompidou, Jacques Chirac during his first time as Prime Minister and François Mitterrand. In the 1970s, she was considered to be the most influential woman of France. She ran in the 1981 French presidential election and sat at the European parliament from 1999 to 2004, elected on the list of Charles Pasqua and Philippe de Villiers.
A Gaullist, she has a very critical eye on the driftage of the Fifth Republic, losing its regal substance as a strong state or a centralized power because of decentralization and the Maastricht Treaty which monopolizes the sovereignty and so makes France an area of the European continent instead of a free nation. She defines a free nation in the capacities to coin (France no longer has it because of the Eurozone), to make law (the European law is integrated in the French constitution and is above the French code), to do peace and war (France returned to NATO's military command under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy) and to provide Justice (European Court of Justice). She voted "no" in the French Maastricht Treaty referendum and in the 2005 French European Constitution referendum.