France follows a unitary semi-presidential republic kind of governance. The constitution of the Fifth Republic was approved on September 1958 according to which the President of the Republic is the head of the state who is elected by direct elections for a term of five years. The Prime Minister on the other hand is the head of the government and the council of ministers. As per the French constitution, he is appointed by the public-appointed President. The Prime Minister of France was originally referred to as the President of the Council of Ministers during the Third and Fourth Republic. The role of the French Prime Minister is largely administrative – he is involved in the decision-making and policymaking of the government along with his cabinet. He determines the conduct and policy of the nation and is directly responsible for the actions of the government. Michel Debre was the first Prime Minister of the Fifth Republic. His term in office lasted from 1959 until 1962. In the short history of the Fifth Republic, France has had numerous ‘unelected’ prime ministers like Georges Pompidou, Raymond Barre and Dominique de Villepin. Manuel Valls is the incumbent prime minister of France, his term commenced from March 31, 2014. With this segment, know more about famous French prime ministers.
Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932
Former President of France
Philippe PétainPhilippe Pétain
24 April 1856
Marshal of France

Georges PompidouGeorges Pompidou
05 July 1911
Former Prime Minister & President of France

Léon BlumLéon Blum
09 April 1872
Former Prime Minister of France

Aristide BriandAristide Briand
28 March 1862
Prime Minister

Dominique de VillepinDominique de Villepin
14 November 1953
Former Prime Minister of France
Léon BourgeoisLéon Bourgeois
21 May 1851
French Statesman

Georges BidaultGeorges Bidault
05 October 1899
French Politician

Michel Jean-Pierre DebreMichel Debré
15 January 1912
149th Prime Minister of France

Raymond Octave Joseph BarreRaymond Barre
12 April 1924
Former Prime Minister of France
Georges ClemenceauGeorges Clémenceau
28 September 1841
Former French Prime Minister

Alain JuppéAlain Juppé
15 August 1945
Former Prime Minister of France
Pierre BérégovoyPierre Bérégovoy
23 December 1925
Former Prime Minister of France

Jacques Chaban-DelmasJacques Chaban-Delmas
07 March 1915
Politician, Prime Minister

Michel RocardMichel Rocard
23 August 1930
Politician, Prime Minister
Pierre MauroyPierre Mauroy
05 July 1928
Former Prime Minister of France

Jean-Luc DehaeneJean-Luc Dehaene
07 August 1940
Prime Minister