Born in 1927, he is Judge and Counsellor of the French High Court. Vice-president of the National Advisory Committee on Ethics for Life and Health Sciences. President of the National Commission of Medicine and Reproduction and Prenatal Diagnose Biology. Member of the French National Commission at the UNESCO. He is currently President of the Bioethics Steering Committee of the Council of Europe (CDBI). Amongst his awards and medals, he is Official of the Honour Legion and Commandeur of the French National Merit Order.