Jean-Pierre Raffarin

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Jean-Pierre Raffarin 

Jean-Pierre Raffarin was born in 1948 in Poitiers. He went to the Henri IV high school in Poitiers, studied law at Paris-Assas University and then graduated from the Ecole supérieure de commerce in Paris. He was a senior lecturer at the Institut d’études politiques in Paris from 1979 to 1988. He has been a lecturer at ESCP Europe since 2007.

He began his career as Marketing Director with Jacques Vabre Coffee from 1973 to 1976, and then became Technical Advisor to the cabinet of Lionel Stoléru, Minister for Labor, from 1976 to 1981. He was Executive Director of Bernard Krief Communication from 1981 to 1988 and then became Executive Officer of the Euro-92 Institute, a post which he held until 1989.

A regional representative

He was elected Council member of Poitiers from 1977-1995, Deputy-mayor of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou from 1995-2001 and Regional Councilor and later President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes from 1988 to 2002. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1989, and became its parliamentary administrator in 1994. He was elected Senator of Vienne in 1995, and was re-elected in 1997, 2004 and 2005.

National level functions

He was appointed Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Craft in 1995, a post he held until 1997. He was appointed Prime Minister by Jacques Chirac on May 6, 2002, and remained in this post until May 31, 2005. He is Chairman of the Fondation pour la Prospective et l’Innovation (Foundation for Innovation and Future Technologies).

Political functions

He was the National Secretary of the Republican Party responsible for local councilors from 1989 to 1995, Secretary General of the Union pour la démocratie française (UDF) party and Vice-President of the Liberal Democracy party. In 2002 he founded the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement). In 2007, when Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of the Republic, he was appointed Senior Vice-President of the National Council of the UMP.

International activities

- Appointed as the President of the Republic’s personal representative for Francophony in 2009

- President of the annual France

- China Committee Forum

- President of the Senates’ France

- United States Friendship Group

- President of the Foundation for Innovation and Future Technologies

- BOD member of Boao Forum for Asia


- L'Avenir a ses racines, Paris, Projet, 1986

- 92, nous sommes tous des régionaux, Paris, Projet, 1988 - Pour une morale de l'action, Paris, Hermé, 1992

- Le Livre de l'Atlantique, l'Arc atlantique, une idée qui gagne en Europe (edited by Jean-Pierre Raffarin), 1994

- Notre contrat pour l'alternance (co-written with Dominique Perben, Jacques Barrot and Michel Barnier), 2001

- Pour une nouvelle gouvernance

- L'humanisme en actions, 2002

- La France de mai, entretiens avec Éric Mandonnet, Paris, Grasset, 2003 - La dernière marche : Lettre à Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris, Grasset & Fasquelle, 2007 10 + 1 questions sur la décentralisation with Pierre-Luc Séguillon. Michalon 2007

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