Raymond Barre, professor-turned-French PM and inventor of 'competitive deflation'

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There are many good reasons why a biography of Raymond Barre makes for a fascinating read. He was a university professor with an idiosyncratic political profile,  a man who found himself holding the reins of power without really having sought such a position, in effect the polar opposite of all those who have thought of nothing but power while shaving [1] ever since the first down appeared on their juvenile faces.