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The French Government

Composition of the French Government (18 May 2007)

PRIME MINISTER – M. François FILLON

MINISTERS :

Ministre d’Etat, Minister for Ecology, and Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning (Regional Development) M. Alain JUPPE
Minister for the Economy, Finance and Employment M. Jean-Louis BORLOO
Minister of the Interior, Overseas France and Local Authorities Mme Michèle ALLIOT-MARIE
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs M. Bernard KOUCHNER
Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development M. Brice HORTEFEUX
Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice Mme Rachida DATI
Minister for Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity M. Xavier BERTRAND
Minister for National Education M. Xavier DARCOS
Minister for Higher Education and Research Mme Valérie PECRESSE
Minister of Defence M. Hervé MORIN
Minister for Health, Youth and Sport Mme Roselyne BACHELOT-NARQUIN
Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Mme Christine BOUTIN
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Mme Christine LAGARDE
Minister for Culture and Communication, Government Spokesperson Mme Christine ALBANEL
Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts and the Civil Service M. Eric WOERTH

MINISTERS OF STATE

Minister of State, attached to the Prime Minister, Responsible for Relations with Parliament M. Roger KAROUTCHI
Minister of State, attached to the Prime Minister, responsible for Forward Planning and Assessment of Public Policies M. Eric BESSON
Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning (Regional Development), responsible for Transport M. Dominique BUSSEREAU
Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, responsible for European Affairs M. Jean-Pierre JOUYET

HIGH COMMISSIONER

High Commissioner for Active Solidarity against Poverty M. Martin HIRSCH

Source: Matignon


Biography of François Fillon, Prime Minister

Born on 4 March 1954 in Le Mans (Sarthe)

Education
- Master’s degree in public law, DEA [postgraduate pre-PhD diploma] in public law and political science

Career
- Head of the Service des Travaux législatifs et parlementaires (legislation department) in the private office of the Minister of Industry, 1981
- Special assistant in the private office of the Minister of Transport, 1978-1980, then of the Minister of Defence, 1980-1981
- Parliamentary assistant, 1976-1977

Elective offices
- Senator for Sarthe, September 2004-November 2004, re-elected on 18 September 2005
- National Assembly Deputy for Sarthe, July 1981-April 1986, April 1986-May 1988, June 1988-April 1993, April 1993-May 1993, June 1997-June 2002 and June 2002-July 2002
- Chairman of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council, 1998-2002
- Member of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council since 1998
- Chairman of Sablé-sur-Sarthe District Council (Sarthe) since 2001
- Chairman of Sarthe General Council, 1992-1998
- Member of Solesmes Municipal Council (Sarthe) since 2001
- Deputy Mayor then Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, 1983-2001
- Member of Sablé-sur-Sarthe Municipal Council, 1981-1986

Ministerial offices
- Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, 2004-2005
- Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity, 2002-2004
- Minister for Information Technology and the Post Office, then Minister Delegate with responsibility for the Post Office, Telecommunications and Space, 1995-1997
- Minister of Higher Education and Research, 1993-1995 Political offices
- Founder member of Union en Mouvement and Chairman of the France 9 think-tank since 2002
- Rassemblement pour la République’s (RPR) political adviser, 1999-2001
- Spokesman for the RPR’s executive committee, 1998 RPR National Secretary, responsible for local branches, 1997

Recent published works
- Les retraites, Editions Michalon, 2007
- La France en majuscules (with Olivier Dassault), Editions Plon, 2007
- La France peut supporter la vérité, Editions Albin Michel, 2006

Source: Prime Minister’s website./.


Biography of the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Town & Country Planning - M. Alain Juppé

Born on 15 August 1945 in Mont-de-Marsan (Landes)

Education
- Ecole normale supérieure: agrégation [high-level professional teaching qualification] in classics
- Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA), 1970-1972

Career
- Inspecteur des Finances [auditor at the French Trésor, with special responsibility for the inspection of public finances] 1972-1976
- Guest professor at the Quebec Ecole nationale d’administration publique (Canada) in 2005 and 2006

Elective offices
- Mayor of Bordeaux (Gironde), 1995-2004, re-elected in 2006
- National Assembly Deputy for Gironde, 1997-2004
- Member of the Ile-de-France Regional Council in 1992
- National Assembly Deputy for Paris in 1986, then 1988-1993, re-elected in 1993
- MEP, 1984-1986, then in 1989
- Second Deputy Mayor of Paris, 1983-1995, with responsibility for financial and budgetary affairs

Ministerial offices
- Prime Minister, 1995-1997
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1993-1995
- Minister Delegate attached to the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Privatization, with responsibility for the Budget, and Government Spokesman, 1986-1988

Political offices
- Chairman of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), 2002-2004
- Chairman of the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR), 1995-1997
- Acting RPR Chairman, 1994-1995
- RPR General Secretary, 1988-1995
- RPR National Secretary with responsibility for the Economic and Social Recovery, 1984-1986
- RPR National Delegate, 1976-1978

Recently published works
- Montesquieu le moderne, Editions Perrin, 1999
- Entre quatre z’yeux, Alain Juppé et Serge July, Editions Grasset, 2001
- France, mon pays : Lettres d’un voyageur, Editions Robert Laffont, 2006

Source: Prime Minister’s website.


Biography of the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs - M. Bernard Kouchner

Born on 1 November 1939 in Avignon (Vaucluse)

Qualifications
- Doctor of medicine
- Certificat d’études spéciales [specialist qualification] in gastroenterology
- Diploma in digestive endoscopy

Career
- Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2003
- Professor, Chair of Health and Development, at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers [CNAM – national school of engineering and technology] since 2002
- Senior civil servant and United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo (1999-2001)
- Founder (1980), president (1980-1984) and honorary president (1984-1988) of Médecins du Monde [non-profit-making organization whose members, all voluntary and doctors and nurses, help in times of emergency and situations of inadequate medical care in the third world]
- Co-founder and president of Médecins sans Frontières (1971-1979)
- Gastroenterologist at the Hôpital Cochin in Paris (1975-1987)
- Humanitarian missions to help victims in most of the major natural and industrial disasters and political crises since 1968

Elective offices
- MEP (1994-1997)

Ministerial offices
- Minister Delegate for Health (2001-2002)
- Minister of State for Health (1997-1999)
- Minister for Health and Humanitarian Action (1992-1993)
- Minister of State with responsibility for Humanitarian Action (1988-1992)
- Minister of State with responsibility for Social Integration (1988)

Other offices
- Chairman of the ESTHER public interest group [“Together in a hospital network of solidarity in care and treatment”]
- Founder-Chairman of BK Consultants
- Member of the Board of Directors, PlaNet Finance
- Member of the Honorary Committee, Children Action
- Member of the Board of Directors, International Women’s Health Coalition
- Founder-member of [the French humanitarian organization] “La chaîne de l’espoir”

Recently published works
- Deux ou trois choses que je sais de nous, Editions Robert Laffont, 2006
- La Fabrique démocratique, Editions Robert Laffont, 2006
- Les guerriers de la paix : Du Kosovo à l’Irak, Editions Grasset, 2004 [published in English as “The Warriors of Peace”]


Biography of Minister of State for Europe - M. Jouyet

Born on 13 February 1954 in Montreuil-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis)

Education
- Graduate of the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) (“Voltaire” Year)

Career
- Head of the Service de l’Inspection générale des finances [audit department of French public services] since 2005
- Lecturer at ENA in 1982 and since 2006
- Lecturer (1996-1997) then Visiting Professor (since 2006) at the Paris Institut d’études politiques (IEP)
- Member of the Board of Directors, France Telecom (2002-2004 and since 2006), and of the board of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques since 2006
- President of the Paris Club (2000-2005)
- Non-executive chairman of Barclays Bank France in 2005
- Ambassador with responsibility for international economic issues at the French Foreign Ministry (2004-2005)
- Head of the French Trésor Directorate, Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry (2000-2004)
- Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1997-2000)
- Partner in [the French business law firm] “Jeantet Associés” [Jeantet and Partners] (1995-1997)
- Deputy Principal Private Secretary (1991-1994) then Principal Private Secretary (1994-1995) to the President of the European Commission
- Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Town and Country Planning (Regional Development), then to the Minister of Industry and Town and Country Planning (Regional Development) (1988-1991)
- Principal at the Service de la législation fiscale [tax legislation department] at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance
- Director of Studies, Paris Institut d’études politiques
- Inspecteur des finances [auditor at the French Trésor, with special responsibility for the inspection of public finances] (1980)

Political offices
- Honorary Chairman of the Témoin Club since 1999
- Chairman of the Démocratie Club in 2000

Recently published work
- N’enterrez pas la France, with Philippe Mabille, Editions Robert Laffont, 2007



publié le 14 June 2007

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