Freycinet, Charles Louis de Saulces de (b. 1828), a French statesman, was following the profession of an engineer when in 1870 Gambetta appointed him to the War Department, where he did much to reorganise the army. In 1876 he was elected senator and was Minister of Public Works under Dufaure and Waddington (1877-79). He was then Foreign Minister and Premier for a few months, and again held that office from January to July, 1882. In April, 1885, he became Foreign Minister in the Brisson Cabinet, and was Premier for a third time when it broke up. He was War Minister under Floquet (April, 1888), and under Tirard (Sebruary, 1889). He has published works on engineering, ana is a member of the Academie des Sciences.