PARIS — Alain Savary, the education minister whose efforts to review hiring and salaries in France's government-supported Catholic schools sent millions to the streets in protest and threatened to bring down the government, has died, the Socialist Party announced in a statement Wednesday. He was 69.
According to the statement, Savary had been hospitalized for several weeks with a serious infection. It did not say when he died or identify the cause of death.
A member of the French Resistance during World War II, Savary had a reputation for being soft-spoken but stubborn.
He was one of the leaders of the post-Liberation French government, a member of the National Assembly and first held ministerial positions under President Charles de Gaulle.
As education minister, Savary proposed a bill in 1984 that attempted to institute President Francois Mitterrand's campaign promise to revamp the nation's private education system.