Vincent Peillon

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Vincent Peillon
French Minister of National Education
In office
16 May 2012 – 31 March 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded by Luc Chatel
Succeeded by Benoît Hamon
Personal details
Born (1960-07-07) 7 July 1960 (age 54)
Suresnes, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Vincent Peillon. Image taken 21 April 2005

Vincent Benoît Camille Peillon (French pronunciation: ​[vɛ̃.sɑ̃ pɛ.jɔ̃] ; born 7 July 1960 in Suresnes) was Minister for Education in the French Government. He is a longstanding French politician and since 2004 has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West France (allied with the Socialist Party and the Party of European Socialists).


  • Highest postgraduate teaching qualification in Philosophy (1986)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (1992)
  • Lecturer in Philosophy (1984–1997)
  • Economic research director at the CNRS (national centre for scientific research) (2002–04)
  • Secretary of the Socialist Party's group of experts (1993–94)
  • Seconded to the First Secretary of the Socialist Party (1995–97)
  • National research secretary of the Socialist Party (1997–2000)
  • Socialist Party national spokesman (2000–02)
  • Member of the Socialist Party national bureau (since 1994)
  • Member of the National Assembly (1997–2002)
  • Chairman of the National Assembly's inquiry into money laundering (1999–2002)
  • Minister of National Education (since 2012)

Minister of Education[edit]

After the election of François Hollande, Vincent Peillon was appointed Minister of Education on May 16, 2012. The day after his nomination, he announced the end of the four-day week in primary education (introduced in 2008) for September 2013, and then the return to a five-day week. He also promised to recruit 40 000 new teachers in 2013.[1]

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