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Early life and ordination
He was born in Laruns, France as the son of Jean Eyt and Josephine Gabastou. He was educated at the Institute of Juridical and Economic Studies in Pau, the Seminary of Pius XI, the Seminary of the Catholic Institute and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned his doctorate in theology. He was ordained on 29 June 1961.
After his ordaination he did pastoral work in the diocese of Bayonne from 1961 until 1963. He then worked as a faculty member and later vice-rector and then rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse and then rector of the Catholic Institute in Paris in 1981. He also served as a Member of the International Theological Commission.
Pope John Paul II appointed him coadjutor Archbishop of Bordeaux on 7 June 1986. He was consecrated on 28 September of that year by Marius Maziers who was assisted by Jean-Marie Lustiger then Archbishop of Paris, and by André Collini, archbishop of Toulouse. He succeeded to the Metropolitan see of Bordeaux on 31 May 1989.
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal Priest of SS. Trinità al Monte Pincio in the consistory of November 26, 1994. He died on 11 June 2001 in Bordeaux and is buried at the cemetery of Laruns, where he was born.
|Archbishop of Bordeaux|
31 May 1989–11 June 2001
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|Cardinal Protector of SS. Trinità al Monte Pincio|
26 November 1994–11 June 2001
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