Roger Karoutchi

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Roger Karoutchi

Roger Karoutchi (born 26 August 1951) is the French Ambassador to the OECD.[1] He is a former Secretary of State to the French Prime Minister, with responsibility for Relations with Parliament.[1]

Early life[edit]

Karoutchi was born in Casablanca into a Jewish-Armenian family that settled in Morocco in the 18th century. They had come from Livorno in Italy.

He received a master's degree from the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence.

He wrongly claims on his official résumé to have graduated from Sciences-Po.[2]

Career[edit]

He became a history teacher, first in Goussainville[disambiguation needed], and then in Paris, teaching from 1975 to 1985. He continued his political activity, which he had started at the age of 16, during that period, being a national delegate of the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) from 1981 to 1986.

At that time, he joined the office of Philippe Séguin, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, eventually becoming Séguin's chief of staff when he became president of the Assemblée nationale.

Karoutchi was a European delegate from 1997 to 1999 and Senator from Hauts-de-Seine from 1999 to 2007.

He was very active in the 2007 presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy, with whom he has a close personal relationship.

In January 2009, Karoutchi publicly announced that he is gay.[3] As such, he was the first French Minister to come out while in office.[4]

He now works as the French Ambassador to the OECD.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

Governmental function

Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament : 2007-2009.

Electoral mandates

European Parliament

Member of European Parliament : 1997-1999 (Became senator of Hauts-de-Seine in 1999).

Senate of France

Senator of Hauts-de-Seine : 1999-2007 (Became secretary of State in 2007). Reelected in 2004.

Regional Council

Vice-president of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France : 1994-1998.

Regional councillor of Ile-de-France : Since 1992. Reelected in 1998, 2004.

Municipal Council

Deputy-mayor of Villeneuve-la-Garenne : Since 2008.

Municipal councillor of Villeneuve-la-Garenne : Since 2008.

Municipal councillor of Nanterre : 1989-1995.

Municipal councillor of Boulogne-Billancourt : 1995-2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Karoutchi ambassadeur auprès de l'OCDE,' 29 June 2009, Europe 1, [1]
  2. ^ Augustin Scalbert, Un soupçon de vantardise sur les CV ministériels, Rue 89, 18 September 2007 (French)
  3. ^ 'French government minister confirms he is gay', Pink News, 23 January 2009 [2]
  4. ^ Paul Parant, 'Primaires UMP : Karoutchi perd la région Ile-de-France', Têtu, 22 March 2009 [3]
  5. ^ OECD, Ambassadors
  6. ^ Accueil - Actualités

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