Fleur Pellerin

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Fleur Pellerin
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Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy
In office
16 May 2012 – 2 April 2014
Preceded by Éric Besson
Succeeded by Axelle Lemaire
Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism Promotion and French overseas
In office
9 April 2014 – 26 August 2014
Preceded by Nicole Bricq (Foreign Trade)
Sylvia Pinel (Tourism)
Hélène Conway-Mouret (French overseas)
Succeeded by Thomas Thévenoud
French Minister of Culture and Communications
Assumed office
26 August 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Preceded by Aurélie Filippetti
Personal details
Born (1973-08-29) 29 August 1973 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater ESSEC
Institute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration, Strasbourg

Fleur Pellerin (French pronunciation: ​[flœʁ pɛl.ʁɛ̃]; born 29 August 1973) is a politician, currently a minister in the French government. She has served as Minister of Culture and Communication since August 26, 2014 in the government of Manuel Valls. She is the first cabinet member of Asian descent to serve in the French government.

Early life[edit]

Pellerin was born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea. She was abandoned on the streets of Seoul when she was three or four days old and was sent to an orphanage. She was adopted six months later by a French family.[1][2] According to the record of adoption, her original name before the adoption was Jong-suk Kim (김종숙, 金鍾淑) although it is unknown who gave her that name.


Pellerin graduated from ESSEC business school (MSc in Management) while she was only 21. She then graduated from Sciences Po (MPA) and attended the École nationale d'administration (ENA). A former high-ranking civil servant at the French Court of Auditors, she was in charge of societal and digital economy issues in François Hollande's 2012 French presidential election campaign.[3]

In July 2012, she pronounced herself against the sale of massive surveillance technologies, which caused quite a stir since France is one of the biggest sellers of those technologies.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pellerin is married to Laurent Olléon, who also attended the ENA and now works at France's State Council, which provides legal advice to the government.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "From adoptee to French minister". The Dong-A Ilbo. 19 May 2012. Pellerin overcame a sense of inferiority and defeat coming from being an abandoned child with the enlightened view that "something important happens by accident." 
  2. ^ "Korean Adoptee Becomes French Deputy Minister". The Chosunilbo. 1 June 2012. Born in Seoul in 1973, Pellerin was found on the streets of the capital when she was three or four days old and was sent to an orphanage. She was adopted six months later. 
  3. ^ Agence-France Presse/Jiji Press, "Pellerin stirs Korean hearts", Japan Times, 20 May 2012, p. 3
  4. ^ Adam Sandle, Fleur Pellerin: "I am opposed to France selling massive surveillance technologies", Groundreport, 25 July 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aurélie Filippetti
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by