Christiane Taubira

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Christiane Taubira
Christiane Taubira par Claude Truong-Ngoc juin 2013.jpg
Minister of Justice
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2012
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Manuel Valls
Preceded by Michel Mercier
Deputy of the National Assembly for French Guiana's 1st constituency
In office
2 April 1993 – 16 June 2012
Preceded by Elie Castor
Succeeded by Gabriel Serville
Member of the Regional Council of French Guiana
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 March 2010
Member of the European Parliament for France
In office
19 July 1994 – 19 July 1999
Personal details
Born (1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 62)
Cayenne, French Guiana
Political party Walwari
Other political
affiliations
Radical Party of the Left

Christiane Taubira or Christiane Taubira-Delannon (French: [kʁis.tjan to.bi.ʁa]; born 2 February 1952, Cayenne, French Guiana) is a French politician who on 15 May 2012, was appointed Minister of Justice of France in the new Ayrault government under President François Hollande.

Early life[edit]

Christiane Taubira was born on February 2, 1952 in Cayenne, French Guiana. She studied at Panthéon-Assas University.[1]

Political career[edit]

Having served as president of her party Walwari, Taubira from 1993 served as a deputy at the French National Assembly, and was re-elected in 1997. Non-affiliated in 1993, she then voted for the investiture of the conservative Edouard Balladur cabinet of ministers in 1993. In 1994, she became a Member of the European Parliament (MEP),[2][3] being the fourth on the Énergie Radicale list led by Bernard Tapie. In June 1997, she then joined the Socialist Party (PS), and then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (PS) commissioned her for a report on gold search in Guiana.

In 2002, she was a Left Radical Party (PRG) candidate for the presidency, although she did not belong to the party. She gained 2.32% of the votes. After 2002, she became vice-president of the Left Radical Party. She was elected again as deputy on 16 June 2002, and joined the socialist group in the Assembly.

Nominated Minister of Justice in the Jean-Marc Ayrault government following the victory of François Hollande at the 2012 Presidential election, she was supposed to work with Junior Minister Delphine Batho. However, their relationship quickly deteriorated and they never were able to share responsibilities. After the June 2012 Legislative elections, Delphine Batho was nominated Minister of Ecology to replace Nicole Bricq, leaving Christiane Taubira in charge of the Ministry.

Policies[edit]

Taubira was the driving force behind a 21 May 2001 law that recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity. In 2013, she voiced her support for land reforms in France's Caribbean territories as compensation for slavery.[4]

As Minister of Justice, Taubira introduced what became Law 2013-404, which legalized same-sex marriage in France.

Books[edit]

  • (French) L'Esclavage raconté à ma fille ("Slavery explained to my daughter"),Paris, Bibliophane, coll. « Les mots à coeur », 2002 (réimpr. 2006), 165 p. (ISBN 2-86970-064-4 et 2-86970-122-5).
  • (French) Codes noirs : de l'esclavage aux abolitions, Paris, Dalloz, coll. « A savoir », 2006, 150 p. (ISBN 2-247-06857-X) (introduction).
  • (French) Rendez-vous avec la République ("Meeting with the Republic"), Paris, La Découverte, coll. « Cahiers libres », 2006, 195 p. (ISBN 978-2-7071-5091-2).
  • (French) Égalité pour les exclus : le politique face à l’histoire et à la mémoire coloniales, Paris, Temps Présent, 2009, 93 p. (ISBN 978-2-916842-01-1).
  • (French) Mes météores : combats politiques au long cours, Paris, Flammarion, 2012, 551 p. (ISBN 978-2-08-127895-0).
  • (French) Paroles de liberté ("Words of Freedom"), Paris, Flammarion, coll. " Café Voltaire ", 2014, 138 p. (ISBN 978-2-08-133688-9).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faure, Sonya (13 June 2012). "La fusée Christiane". Libération (in French). 
  2. ^ "Christiane TAUBIRA-DELANNON". Your MEPs. European Parliament. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Tagliabue, John (3 April 2002). "France's First-Round Presidential Ballot Takes Shape". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Mercier
Minister of Justice
2012–present
Incumbent