Maryse Joissains-Masini

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Maryse Joissains-Masini
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Maryse Joissains-Masini at the 2013 Tour de France
Born Maryse Charton
August 15, 1942
Toulon, Var, France
Residence Aix-en-Provence
Nationality French
Education University of the South, Toulon-Var
Paul Cézanne University
Occupation Lawyer
Spouse(s) Alain Joissains (divorced)
Children Sophie Joissains

Maryse Joissains-Masini (b. August 15, 1942), née Maryse Charton, is a member of the National Assembly of France.[1] She represents the Bouches-du-Rhône department, and is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement.[1] She is also the mayor of Aix-en-Provence.[2][3]


Early life[edit]

Maryse Joissains-Masini was born on August 15, 1942 in Toulon, France.[4] Her parents were both Communists, and her father was Maurice Thorez's bodyguard.[5] She worked for the Social Security in France and volunteered as a young communist.[5] She then received a B.A. from the University of the South, Toulon-Var followed by a Master's degree and a PhD from Paul Cézanne University.[5]


She subsequently taught criminology and private law there.[4] In 1968, she got married to Alain Joissains. In 1970, she started her career as a lawyer.[4] She worked in the cases of the Infected blood scandal and the use of asbestos.[4][5] It was also then that she took to Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber and joined the Radical Party.[5]

From 1983 to 1989, she served as a member of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.[4] She has been the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence since 2001.[4][5] She banned homeless people from being drunk on the streets.[6] In 2009, her re-election was invalidated by one of her former councilors, Stéphane Salord, under the assumption that allegations spread about her opponent François-Xavier de Peretti were too personal and violent.[7][8] Nevertheless, she was reelected.[9] In June 2011, she also voted against same-sex marriage.[10] She has been accused of not attending the sessions in the National Assembly of France.[11][12] However, she responded by saying she went once a month.[13] She is one of the French politician who holds the most elected positions at different levels of government.[14] She is a recipient of the Legion of Honour.[4][15]

Shortly after François Hollande was elected President in 2012, she suggested he might be "illegitimate", arguing that the entire French media and labor unions supported him and unfairly criticized Nicolas Sarkozy's tenure, and she asked the Constitutional Council of France to annul the election results; however, she was rebutted.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Her former husband, Alain Joissains, served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1978 to 1983.[4] Now divorced, their daughter Sophie Joissains is a member of the French Senate.[4]


  1. ^ a b webpage at the National Assembly
  2. ^ EIP, Annuaire des Mairies des Bouches du Rhône (13), Les Editions Céline, p. 17 [1]
  3. ^ Ney Bensadon, La condition féminine à l'aube du IIIe millénaire, Séguier, 2001, p. 142 [2]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Official website biography
  5. ^ a b c d e f Christine Rigollet, 'Aix-en-provence : La surprise Joissains', in Le Point, 23/03/2001 [3]
  6. ^ Stéphane Rullac, Le péril SDF: assister et punir, L'Harmattan, p. 189 [4]
  7. ^ 'Il faudra revoter à Aix', in Metro France, 08-06-2009 [5]
  8. ^ 'Maryse Joissains persiste et signe', in La Marseillaise, 09-06-2009 [6]
  9. ^ Jean-Claude Bouildé, 'A Aix, le «tout sauf Joissains» n'a pas suffi pour battre l'UMP', in Marianne, July 19, 2009 [7]
  10. ^ Rédaction, 'Le mariage des homos rejeté: qu'a voté votre député?', in Têtu, June 14, 2011 [8]
  11. ^ 'Ils brillent par leur absence', in Le Parisien, 29.04.2009 [9]
  12. ^ 'Les fantômes du Palais-Bourbon', in L'Express, 29/04/2009 [10]
  13. ^ '« Je viens une fois par mois », in Le Parisien, 29.04.2009 [11]
  14. ^ 'Les députés cumulards passés au crible', in L'Express, 07/10/2009
  15. ^ 'Des députés très cumulards', in Le Journal du Dimanche, October 7, 2009 [12]
  16. ^ Pour la maire UMP d'Aix-en-Provence, M. Hollande n'est pas "légitime", Le Monde, May 08, 2012
  17. ^ Un élu conteste la "légitimité" d'Hollande, Le Figaro, May 09, 2012
  18. ^ La maire UMP d'Aix demande au Conseil constitutionnel d'annuler la présidentielle, Le Parisien, May 09, 2012

Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-François Picheral
Mayor of Aix-en-Provence
Succeeded by

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