|Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy|
16 May 2012
29 August 1973 |
Seoul, South Korea
Institute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration, Strasbourg
Fleur Pellerin (French pronunciation: [flœʁ pɛl.ʁɛ̃] (born on 29 August 1973 in Seoul)) is a politician and minister delegate in the French government. She was appointed Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation, and the Digital Economy attached to the Minister for Economic Regeneration (the former Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and Industry) by President François Hollande on 16 May 2012.
She is the first cabinet member of Asian descent in the French government.
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. 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.
Fleur 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.
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 seller of those technologies
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.
- "From adoptee to French minister". The Dong-A Ilbo. MAY 19, 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.""
- "Korean Adoptee Becomes French Deputy Minister". The Chosunilbo. June 1, 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."
- Agence-France Presse/Jiji Press, "Pellerin stirs Korean hearts", Japan Times, 20 May 2012, p. 3
- Adam Sandle, Fleur Pellerin: "I am opposed to France selling massive surveillance technologies", Groundreport, 25 July 2012