Cardinal Honoré was born in Saint-Brice-en-Coglès (France) on 13 August 1920. He was ordained on 29 June 1943 following studies at the seminary in Rennes. He taught arts in Rennes and St Malo between 1945 and 1947 and then taught dogmatic theology and catechesis at the seminary in Rennes from 1948-1958. From 1958-1964, he was secretary general of the National Commission for Religious Education and director of the National Centre of Religious Teaching. He was Rector of the Catholic University of the West in Angers from 1964-1972. He was made Bishop of Evreux on 24 October 1972 and consecrated in Evreux by Cardinal Gouyon, Archbishop of Rennes, on 17 December 1972. He was made Archbishop of Tours on 13 August 1981. He was a member of the editorial board responsible for the Catechism of the Catholic Church published in 1992. He resigned as Archbishop of Tours on 23 July 1997, having reached the age of 75.