Alain Vidalies

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Alain Vidalies
Alain Vidalies in Tehran.jpg
French Minister of Transport
In office
26 August 2014 – 10 May 2017
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded by Frédéric Cuvillier
Succeeded by Élisabeth Borne
Personal details
Born (1951-03-17) 17 March 1951 (age 66)
Grenade-sur-l'Adour, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Bordeaux

Alain Vidalies (born 17 March 1951 in Grenade-sur-l'Adour, Landes) is the French Secretary of State for Transport, the Sea and Fisheries. He represents the Landes department in the National Assembly of France, and is a member of the Socialist Party and of the Socialiste, radical, citoyen et divers gauche parliamentary group.[1]


Vidalies studied law at the University of Pau before being called to the bar in 1979.[2] He specialised in employment law whilst pursuing an interest in politics. His political career began in 1976 as an assistant to Landes MP Roger Duroure before becoming a councillor for Mont-de-Marsan South in 1979, a post he would hold until 2007.[2] He made his way in local politics until he was elected to the National Assembly on behalf of Landes' 1st constituency in 1988, and spent his time campaigning for better employment conditions.[2] He lost his seat in 1993 and went back to the law, being appointed a deputy judge in 1997.[2] He was also re-elected in 1997, and helped to reform family law, particularly in relation to alimony,[2] and the 35-hour working week. He headed the parliamentary commission on modern slavery and was a member of the National Commission on Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) between 2000 and 2002.[2] Vidalies was re-elected in 2002 and in 2007.[2]

From 16 May 2012 to 31 March 2014, he was Minister for Parliamentary Relations (Ministre délégué aux Relations avec le Parlement) in the Ayrault Government under President François Hollande.

On 26 August 2014 he was appointed Secretary of State for Transport, the Sea and Fisheries (Secrétaire d’État chargé des Transports, de la Mer et de la Pêche), a junior minister of cabinet rank within the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, in the Second Valls Government. Incidents during this time have included the 2015 Thalys train attack and the 2016 strikes in protest against his government's changes to employment law and the 35-hour week.


  1. ^ "Alain Vidalies". National Assembly of France. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Biographie d’Alain Vidalies". Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea. 17 February 2016.