|Députée Martine Billard attending the protest of 7 May 2006 against the DADVSI law project.|
|Member of the French National Assembly
for Paris I
19 June 2002
7 October 1952 |
|Political party||Left Party|
Martine Billard entered politics in May 1968 with the "comité d'action lycéen". She studied economics at Panthéon-Assas University, and campaigned against far-right movements, which were especially active there.
She joined Les Verts ("the Greens"), the French ecologist party, in 1993. Between 1995 and 2001, she held the position of representative of the twentieth arrondissement on the City Council of Paris. Between 1996 and 1997, she was spokesperson for Les Verts in Paris.
In 1999 and 2000, she was elected to the National Council of Les Verts and became the national spokesperson of the party, and a member of the executive council of Les Verts for economic and social matters.
In 2001, she was a candidate in the elections for the first arrondissement and was defeated by a large margin.
As a candidate of the Gauche unie ("United Left"), she was elected on 16 June 2002 for the twelfth term (2002–07) in the first circonscription of Paris, defeating Jean-François Legaret, mayor of the first arrondissement (and candidate of the UMP). Her victory came as a surprise since she was elected in one of the wealthiest constituencies of Paris, usually a stronghold of the Right. As a matter of fact, she was defeated by a large margin in the first and fourth arrondissements, which have a conservative or liberal majority, but compensated with the left-leaning middle classes of the second and third arrondissements (the so-called "bourgeois bohemians").
In April 2005, she condemned, as "twin brothers" within Les Verts the "small group of hysterics of the Arab cause" and the Hysterics of the Jewish Defence League".
During the referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, she advocated opposing the Treaty, against the position of her party. Her constituency eventually voted massively in favour of the Treaty.
In 2005 and 2006, she worked on the DADVSI law project, trying to influence it toward more friendliness for Internet users.
- 1995-06-19 – 2001-03-18: Member of the City Council of Paris