|Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing (French: Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement)|
16 May 2012
|Prime Minister||Jean-Marc Ayrault|
|Preceded by||Benoist Apparu|
|National Secretary of Europe Ecology – The Greens|
16 November 2006
|Preceded by||Yann Wehrling|
1 April 1975 |
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Val-de-Marne, France
|Political party||Europe Ecology – The Greens|
Cécile Duflot (French pronunciation: [se.sil dy.flo]; born 1 April 1975 in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, Val-de-Marne) is a French politician. She is Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing (French: Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement) in the Ayrault Cabinet. Until June 2012, she was Party Secretary (i.e. leader) of Europe Ecology – The Greens, a position she held from November 2006 and was, with Jean-Luc Bennahmias, the only Green leader to have served two consecutive terms (although Dominique Plancke served three non-consecutive ones). In May 2012 she announced her resignation from this role.
The eldest daughter of a railway unionist and a physics and chemistry teacher (who was herself also a unionist), Cécile Duflot spent her childhood and adolescence in district of Montereau-Fault-Yonne before returning to her native town, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, in the early 1990s. She is a town planner by profession, a graduate of the ESSEC (French Business School), and holds a master's degree in Geography.
In 2003, she joined the electoral college of the Greens; she organised the acquisition of their national headquarters. She became spokesperson for the party in January 2005. That same year on World Water Day, she swam in the Seine in Paris with three other members of the electoral college to denounce river pollution in France and to match Jacques Chirac's promise, when he was Mayor of Paris, to swim in the Seine.
On 16 November 2006 she was elected National Secretary of the Conseil National Inter Régional, succeeding Yann Wehrling. At the age of 31, she was the youngest ever National Secretary of the Greens.
At the end of 2006, she stood for the party's primary to nominate the presidential candidate for the French presidential election, 2007. Earning 23.29% of the vote, she came third after Dominique Voynet and Yves Cochet, and did not qualify for the second round.
In the 2007 legislative elections, she was the Green Party candidate in the third district of Val-De-Marne and gained 3.55% of the vote.
In March 2008 during the municipal elections at Villeneuve-St-Georges, she came in second place on a unified ticket of the PS, the MRC, the PRG and the Greens after socialist Laurent Dutheil. The ticket earned 24.36%.
On 6 December 2008, introducing a motion synthesizing four of the six activists' voting slips three weeks earlier, she was re-offered the post of National Secretary of the Greens with 70.99% of the votes. With Jean-Luc Benhamias, she is the only secretary to be offered a second consecutive term, Dominique Plancke having completed three terms of one year.
During her first term, she worked to establish Europe Écologie for the European Elections of 2009. She is not eligible as a candidate in this body, preferring to focus on her mandate as National Secretary.
Main political offices
- Minister of Territories Equality and Housing : Since May 2012.
- Deputy for the 6th electoral district of Paris : Since June 2012
- Regional councillor of Île-de-France, and chaiwoman of the Europe Ecology – The Greens Group : 2010-2012 (Resignation).
- Deputy-mayor of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges : 2008-2011 (Resignation).
- Municipal councillor of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges : Since 2004. Reelected in 2008.
- National Secretary of Europe Ecology – The Greens : 2006-2012 (Resignation).
Translator's note: These are in French.
- (French) Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement (official French government web site for the Ministry)
(French) Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement (French Wikipedia)
- (French) Catherine Simon, « Cécile Duflot, l'ouverture en Vert », Le Monde, 20 January 2009
- (French) « Numéro vert » by Sabrina Champenois, Libération, 10 January 2007
- (French) PDF (238 KB) (2007 legislative elections), on the official site of the Verts de Basse-Normandie
- (French) « Elle s'enracine chez les Verts », Ouest-France, 8 December 2008
- (French) PDF on the website for the Verts de Loire-Atlantique
- (French) Municipal election campaign site 2008
- (French) Marie Quenet, « Duflot, l'inconnue réélue », Le Journal du Dimanche, 7 December 2008
- (French) Matthieu Durand, « Les Verts se baignent dans la Seine » on the official site for La Chaîne Info, 22 March 2005
- (French) Liste « Villeneuve en mouvement » au premier tour des élections municipales de 2008 sur le site officiel du ministère de l'Intérieur
- (French) « Cécile Duflot réélue secrétaire nationale des Verts », Le Nouvel observateur, 6 décembre 2008
- Yves Frémion, 2007
- (French) « Profil de Cécile Duflot » sur le site officiel d'Europe Écologie
- (French) Rodolphe Geisler, « Duflot : "Les Verts ont encore une raison d'être" », Le Figaro, 5 December 2008
- Yves Frémion, History of the Green Revolution, published by Hoebeke, 2007, p. 395 (ISBN 9782842302764)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cécile Duflot.|
Translator's note: These are in French.
- (French) Official website
- (French) Cécile Duflot on Twitter
- (French) Cécile Duflot on the official Green Party site.
- (French) Cécile Duflot's blog on the European Ecology site for the European Elections 2009.
- (French) Housing and Accommodation  Official site for Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing (French: Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement).
- French: Ministre de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement (French) fr:Ministère de l'Égalité des Territoires et du Logement