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Henri François Simonet

Henri François Simonet (10 May 1931 – 15 February 1996) was a Belgian politician.

Born in Brussels, Henri Simonet studied law and economics at the ULB and then went to Columbia University as CRB Graduate Fellow. Simonet began his political life as a member of the Socialist Party (PS). He served as mayor of Anderlecht between 1966 and 1984, succeeding the long-serving Joseph Bracops. Like Bracops, Simonet dominated the local political scene to such an extent that the ambitious Philippe Moureaux moved to neighbouring Molenbeek-Saint-Jean to pursue a career there. In 1985 Simonet left the Socialists to join the Liberal Reformist Party (PRL) where he espoused increasingly atlanticist positions.

As mayor of Anderlecht, Simonet presided over considerable changes to what had been a largely industrial and working class community, attracting new development in the form of the Erasmus Hospital, a teaching hospital tied to the ULB on whose administrative council Simonet served.

Christian D'Hoogh succeeded Simonet as mayor of Anderlecht.

Simonet served as Vice-Chairman of the European Commission from 1973 to 1977 and as Minister for Regional Economic Development in 1978 and 1979.

On the national plan, Simonet served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and before as Minister of Economics Affairs.

His son Jacques Simonet, who made his political career in the liberal Liberal Reformist Party, served twice as Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region (1999-2000; 2004) and as mayor of Anderlecht from 2000 until his death in 2007.

They are buried together in the cemetery of Anderlecht

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Some of their strengths

Henri François Simonet has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Extroverted, Imaginative, Honest, Innovative, Easygoing, and Confident.

Strong and Diligent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Henri François Simonet is someone who is a strong, diligent, and trustworthy person who approaches life with honesty and perseverance, but who is also physical, sensual, and artistic. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Henri François Simonet well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Henri François Simonet as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Dynamic and Imaginative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Henri François Simonet is someone who can bring a purifying element to situations, and who is a risk-taker with vision and imagination.

They are also someone who is mysterious, intuitive, and diplomatic, and who has a keen intuition, charisma, and a focus on balance and partnership.

Patient and Compassionate

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Henri François Simonet tends to be someone who approaches life with grace and compassion, and who has a powerful and commanding personality. Who can be analytical, patient, and deliberate, avoiding risks and seeking out stability instead.

Some of Henri François Simonet's challenges

While Henri François Simonet has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Henri François Simonet can be Stubborn, Idle, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Irritable.

Stubborn and Idle

One of Henri François Simonet's key challenges is that they are someone who can be seen as stubborn and, at times, lazy.

Henri François Simonet must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs, and can be short-tempered and aggressive.

Irritable and Moody

Henri François Simonet is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Materialistic and Aggressive

Finally, Henri François Simonet also can be materialistic, emotional, aggressive, stubborn, inconsistent, and be prone to big temper outbursts.

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