Éric Piolle

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Éric Piolle
Eric Piolle, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Éric Piolle in 2013
Mayor of Grenoble
Assumed office
4 April 2014
Preceded by Michel Destot
Personal details
Born (1973-01-06) 6 January 1973 (age 45)
Pau, France
Nationality French
Political party Europe Ecology – The Greens

Éric Piolle (born 6 January 1973) is a French engineer and politician. He was Regional Councillor of Rhône-Alpes from March 2010 to April 2014. He has served as mayor of Grenoble since 2014.[1]

Education and business career[edit]

Piolle was born in Pau, France. He attended a local high school in that area. After graduating, he went to the Grenoble Institute of Technology to study engineering.

He joined the Hewlett-Packard Company in 2001, and became a senior manager at the Grenoble site.[2] In February 2011, he was fired for refusing to set up a relocation plan.[3]

He co-founded the company Raise Partners, a company specializing in financial risk management.[4]

Political career[edit]

Before mayor of Grenoble[edit]

In 1997, at 24, Piolle was a parliamentary candidate for the eighth district of Isère as a Miscellaneous left, he won 1.35% of the votes.[5] In 2002 he was a substitute candidate during the legislative elections for the first district of Isère.

In March 2010, he was elected as a regional councilor of Isère, which is a department in the Rhône-Alpes region, as a member of Europe Ecology.[6]

In June 2012, he was a parliamentary candidate for the first district of Isère as a member of EELV, he won 7.7% of votes.[7]

Mayor of Grenoble[edit]

In 2014, Piolle became a candidate for mayor of Grenoble during the municipal elections, his motto being "Grenoble, Une Ville pour Tous" (Grenoble, A City for All).[8] He was the leading candidate throughout the race, gathering support from environmentalists, EELV, the Left Party, The Alternatives, the Anticapitalist Left, and two local associations, ADES and the Citizen Network.[9][10] He was elected during a city council session on April 4, 2014, succeeding Michel Destot (PS) as mayor of Grenoble. He received 50 votes out of the 59 councilors.[11]

After winning the election, he declined to run for president of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, and resigned from his position as a regional councilor of Rhône-Alpes.[12]

In the French presidential election of 2017, he called on voters to support Jean-Luc Mélenchon.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Piolle, Maire de Grenoble". Grenoble.fr (in French). Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "HP : les faits d'armes du manager Piolle". Place Gre'net (in French). July 1, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Desmoulières, Raphaëlle Besse (March 31, 2014). "A Grenoble, l'écologiste Eric Piolle arrache la ville au PS". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Raise Partner : Eric Piolle attaqué par l'opposition". Place Gre'net (in French). July 8, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Résultats des élections législatives de 1997". Assemblée nationale (in French). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Résultats des élections régionales 2010". Ministère de l'Intérieur (in French). March 21, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Résultats des élections législatives 2012". Ministère de l'Intérieur (in French). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Une ville pour tous au programme d'e. Piolle". Place Gre'net (in French). February 22, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Résultats municipales : les écolos gagnent à Grenoble". Le Figaro (in French). March 30, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lagrange, Catherine (March 28, 2012). "Municipales 2014, second tour - Les écologistes prennent Grenoble". Le Point (in French). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ "L'écologiste Éric Piolle élu maire de Grenoble". Le Figaro (in French). April 4, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ Blanchard, Lucie (April 17, 2014). "Piolle (EE-LV) remplacé par Grasset (GE) à la région". Lyon Capitale (in French). Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ Alain Beuve-Méry (14 April 2017). "Eric Piolle : " Je voterai Mélenchon pour encourager le rassemblement de la gauche "". Le Monde. Retrieved 14 April 2017.