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Gabriel Hanotaux.

Albert Auguste Gabriel Hanotaux, known as Gabriel Hanotaux (19 November 1853 ‚Äď 11 April 1944) was a French statesman and historian.


He was born at Beaurevoir in the d√©partement of Aisne. He studied history at the √Čcole des Chartes, and became ma√ģtre de conf√©rence in the √Čcole des Hautes √Čtudes. His political career was that of a civil servant rather than a party politician. In 1879 he entered the ministry of foreign affairs as a secretary, and rose step by step through the diplomatic service.

In 1886 he was elected deputy for Aisne, but, defeated in 1889, he returned to his diplomatic career, and on 31 May 1894 was chosen by Charles Dupuy to be minister of foreign affairs. With one interruption (during the Ribot ministry, from 26 January to 2 November 1895) he held this portfolio until 14 June 1898. During his ministry he developed the rapprochement of France with Russia‚ÄĒvisiting Saint Petersburg with the president, F√©lix Faure‚ÄĒand sent expeditions to delimit the French colonies in Africa.

The Fashoda Incident of July 1898 was a result of this policy, and Hanotaux's distrust of England is frankly stated in his literary works.

Hanotaux served as a delegate for France with the League of Nations and participated in the 1st (15 November - 18 December 1920), 2nd (5 September - 5 October 1921), 3rd (4 September - 30 September, 1922) and 4th Assemblies (3 September - 29 September 1923).

In the early 1920s, there was a proposal for the League Of Nations to accept Esperanto as their working language. Ten delegates accepted the proposal with only one voice against, the French delegate, Gabriel Hanotaux. Hanotaux did not like how the French language was losing its position as the international language of diplomacy and saw Esperanto as a threat.

Gabriel Hanotaux died in Paris in 1944 and was interred in the Passy Cemetery. His home in Orchaise now serves as a botanical garden, the Parc botanique du Prieuré d'Orchaise.


As a historian he published:

  • Origines de l'institution des intendants de provinces (1884), which is the authoritative study on the intendants
  • Etudes historiques sur les XVI et XVII si√®cles en France (1886)
  • Histoire de Richelieu (2 vols., 1888)
  • Histoire de la Troisi√®me R√©publique (1904), the standard history of contemporary France.

He also edited the Instructions des ambassadeurs de France à Rome, depuis les traités de Westphalie (1888). He was elected a member of the Académie française on 1 April 1897.


Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Casimir-Perier
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Marcelin Berthelot
Preceded by
Léon Bourgeois
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Théophile Delcassé
Preceded by
André Lebon
interim Minister of Colonies
Succeeded by
Georges Trouillot
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour
Seat 29
Académie française

Succeeded by
André Siegfried


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