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Alain Poher (Interim President of the Republic, France)

1969 and 1974

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Alain Poher's car flag - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 April 2016

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A short biography of Alain Poher

Alain Poher (1909-1996) presided the Senate from 1968 to 1992 (eight terms). As prescribed by Article 7 of the Constitution ("In case of vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic for whatever reason [...° the office of President of the Republic shall be exercized by interim by the President of the Senate."), he served twice as the interim President of the Republic, from 28 April to 20 June 1969 (after the death of Charles de Gaulle), and from 2 April to 27 May 1974 (after the death of Georges Pompidou, who had defeated him in the second round of the 1969 presidential election). As an interim President, Alain Poher does not appear of the official list of the Presidents of the Republic.
During his second interim term, Poher ratified the European Convention of Human Rights, signed in 1950 by France but still to be ratified.

Ivan Sache, 27 April 2016

Poher's presidential standard

The personal collection of a gendarmerie officer hired by the Presidential Staff in 1962 for, among other duties, the preparation of the car flags used by the President, as the head of the state (these flags were only used in official events, never during private trips) keeps a similar flag, in proportions 2:3 and with equal stripes, charged in the center with the gilded letters "A P" (photos).

Esteban Rivera & Ivan Sache, 27 April 2016