Marisol Touraine was born on 7 March 1959 in Paris. She graduated from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. She attended the École Normale Supérieure, where she specialized in economic and social issues. She also attended Harvard University. She is fluent in Spanish.
She served as a member of the National Assembly of France for Indre-et-Loire (3rd constituency) from 1997 to 2002 for the Socialiste, radical, citoyen et divers gauche political party. She was defeated in the second round in 2002 by Jean-Jacques Descamps (UMP). She regained the district in June 2007 with a small majority (50,22%), and served until 2012.
She has been counselor general for Indre-et-Loire since 2001. She served as Vice-President of the General Council of Indre-et-Loire from 2008 to 2011, and as its President from 2011 to 2012, when she resigned. She has served as General councillor of Indre-et-Loire since 1998, having been reelected in 2004 and in 2011.
On 16 May 2012 Touraine was named by Prime Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault as Minister of Health and Social Affairs. The designation was accepted by President of France François Hollande, in line with tradition.
On October 2012, Touraine announced that trial centers could open in 2012 in France for drug addicts to safely inject their own drugs. This measure has been met with criticism coming from both the opposition and members of the majority. Marisol Touraine entered into negotiations with doctors and health insurance professional organisations to limit the prices of medical assistance.
In September 2013 her older son was jailed for 3 years after trial (in march) for "extorsion" and "sequestration" "after stealing and torturing an old lady from the familly's building" (in French).
She is the daughter of French sociologist Alain Touraine and Chilean academic Adriana Arenas Pizarro (d. 1990). She has a brother, Philippe, who is professor of endocrinology. She is also first cousin of Alberto Arenas, Chile's Budget Director during Michelle Bachelet's presidency.
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