Close to Lionel Jospin, Vaillant held several ministerial portfolios in his cabinets: Minister of the Relations with Parliament from 1997 to 2000 and Interior Minister from 2000 to 2002. He also supported Jospin as candidate for the Socialist Party in the 2007 presidential election; a candidacy which eventually did not materialize.
As of 2009, he is mayor for the 18th district of Paris (first election 1995) and a member of the Assemblée Nationale.
In October 2009, he proposed to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis through control of production and import, as is the case with alcohol.
His Published Work
- C'est à ma gauche, Éditions Plon, 2003 (with a foreword by Lionel Jospin « La Sécurité, priorité à gauche »)
- PS : 40 ans d'histoire(s). Du congrès d'Épinay à nos jours, Éditions L'Archipel, 2011, 414 p. ISBN 978-2-8098-0481-2
- Paul Quinio, Jospin se retire de sa retraite politique, Libération, 29 June 2006.
- (French) Daniel Vaillant (PS) propose une légalisation contrôlée du cannabis, Le Monde, 9 October 2009
- Official biography on the French Parliament website.
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