|Member of the French National Assembly
for Seine-Saint-Denis (9th constituency)
19 June 2002
|Preceded by||Véronique Neiertz|
|French Minister for Social Affairs|
18 October 2000 – 6 May 2002
|Preceded by||Martine Aubry|
|Succeeded by||François Fillon|
|French Minister for Justice|
4 June 1997 – 1 October 2000
|Preceded by||Jacques Toubon|
|Succeeded by||Marylise Lebranchu|
|French Deputy Minister for European Affairs|
3 October 1990 – 29 March 1993
|Preceded by||Édith Cresson|
|Succeeded by||Alain Lamassoure|
|Member of the European Parliament
19 July 1994 – 5 July 1997
6 August 1946
Life and career
Guigou was born in Marrakesh, Morocco. After attending Sciences Po Aix and ENA, France's elite graduate school of public affairs, she worked on Jacques Delors' staff in 1982 before being hired by Hubert Védrine in François Mitterrand's. She was appointed Secretary-General of the Interminsterial Committee on European Economical Matters in 1986 during the period of cohabitation.
She first got a taste of front-line politics when she was appointed Minister of Eureopean Affairs (1990–1993), during the campaign on the Maastricht Treaty, before she was elected to the European Parliament in 1994. During 1994–1995 she was member of the Tindemans group. Together with Elmar Brok, she represented the European Parliament in the negotiations that produced the Amsterdam Treaty.
In 1997, she was elected to the National Assembly in the Vaucluse département and entered incoming Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's cabinet, as Minister of Justice (1997–2000) and then as Minister of Employment (2000–2002).
She failed to be elected Mayor of Avignon and, facing possible defeat in her district, got nominated as a candidate for the National Assembly in 2002 in the heavily left-wing département of Seine-Saint-Denis. She was re-elected in 2007.
Guigou co-sponsored several bills which became law. She co-sponsored a 2000 law, which articulated French policy on presumption of innocence in media by prohibiting magazines and newspapers from publishing photographs of accused individuals wearing handcuffs or other scenes which may "jeopardise a victim's dignity". This law, which was unanimously supported by the Senate, was openly opposed by leading publications such as Paris Match, which ignores the law.
She also co-sponsored a 1998 law which abrogated the requirement of "manifestation of will" for children born in France of foreign parents to gain citizenship.
She is a founding chairwoman and co-president with Jean-Noël Jeanneney of Europartenaires, a group linking business interests with the European Union. She has also created a lobby group called Femmes d'Europe (Women of Europe) and sits on the board of directors of Jacques Delors's foundation Notre Europe (Our Europe). She campaigned for the Yes in the referendum on the 2005 Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.
She is the spouse of Jean-Louis Guigou, a professor of economics, former technical adviser to Michel Rocard and civil servant. They have one child.
Minister of European Affairs : 1990–1993.
Keeper of the seals, Minister of Justice : 1997–2000.
Minister of Employment and Solidarity : 2000–2002.
Member of the European Parliament : 1994–1997 (Became minister in 1997, and elected in parliamentary elections).
Regional councillor of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur : Elected in 1992, reelected in 1998, resigned in 2001.
Deputy-mayor of Noisy-le-Sec : 2008-2010.
- Bachelor of English Language Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III
- Master of American Literature Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III
- Master of Political Science, Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence.
- 2 years university degree in Economy (DEUG), Aix-Marseille University
- Alumna of the École nationale d'administration (ENA), Promotion Simone Weil (1974).
|Minister of Justice
- "Assemblée nationale ~ Les députés : Mme Élisabeth Guigou". Assemblée nationale. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
- "French law angers media". BBC News. 30 May 2000.
- French Embassy (French)