Léon Noël

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Léon Noël
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President of the Constitutional Council of France
In office
Deputy for the RPF
In office
French Ambassador in Poland
In office
Plenipotentiary Minister in Prague
In office
Prefect of Haut-Rhin
In office
High Commissioner of the French Republic in Rhineland
In office
Personal details
Born (1888-03-28)28 March 1888
Toucy, France
Died 6 August 1987(1987-08-06) (aged 99)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Profession Lawyer, diplomat
Religion catholic

Léon Philippe Jules Arthur Noël (March 28, 1888 – August 6, 1987) was a French diplomat, politician and historian.


He is the son of Jules Noël, conseiller d'Etat, and Cécile Burchard-Bélaváry. He received a Doctor of Laws in 1912 and then became Conseiller d'État. In 1927 he became Délégué Général of the High Commissioner of the French Republic in Rhineland.

He became Prefect of Haut-Rhin in 1930, Plenipotentiary Minister in Prague (1932–1935), and then French Ambassador to Poland (1935–1940).

He represented the French Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Second Armistice at Compiègne on 22 June 1940. He was named delegate general in the territories occupied on July 9, 1940. Ten days later he resigned, and he joined de Gaulle in 1943. He is member (1944) next president of French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (1958).

He was a Member of the French Parliament (RPF) (1951–1955).

He was the first President of the Constitutional Council of France (1959–1965).




  • Collectif, In memoriam Léon Noël (1888–1987), Bulletin de la Société des Sciences Historiques et Naturelles de l'Yonne, 1987, p. 5-8.
  • Yves Beauvois, Léon Noël, de Laval à de Gaulle, via Pétain, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2001
  • Id., « Le Conseil constitutionnel à ses débuts », Commentaire, hiver 2006-2007, p. 943-954

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Political offices
Preceded by
New creation
President of the Constitutional Council
Succeeded by
Gaston Palewski