Alexandre Joly

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Alexandre Joly
Mayor of Houilles, Yvelines
In office
Preceded byAlain Mahiet
Personal details
Born (1948-12-24) 24 December 1948 (age 70)
Villiers-sur-Marne, France
Political partynonpartisan

Alexandre Joly is a French pyrotechnic entrepreneur and politician born on December 24, 1948 in Villiers-sur-Marne, mayor of Houilles since 1995 and vice-president of the Departmental Council of Yvelines. He was the co-creator, in 1972, of the Corrida de Houilles, an international road running race organized every year between Christmas and New Year's Day.



Born on December 24, 1948 in Villiers-sur-Marne, Alexandre Joly holds a brevet de technicien supérieur (BTS) technician certificate in business organization.[1]


He created, on May 18, 1981, in Houilles, a company specializing in pyrotechnics and the design and installation of shows, A. Joly Pyrotech Prod Tranis,[2][3] which was the first in France, according to its creator, to have developed intermittently flaming Bengal lights.[4]

Co-founder and commentator of Corrida de Houilles[edit]

In the early 1970s, he became involved in Houilles' sports activities. With a view to lift running out of the stadiums where it was confined, he co-founded, in 1972, with the local runner André Chauffray, the International Pedestrian Corrida of Houilles (Corrida pédestre internationale de Houilles), an urban foot race whose format, new for the time, became an instant success and was copied in various countries.[5] Not content with being the co-creator of the Houilles Corrida, Joly was also its commentator during its progress as is reported by sports journalist Pierre Fulla in his memoirs.[6] This annual sporting event allowed Joly to forge links with sports personalities, such as Jean-Paul Ollivier or Christian Prudhomme.[7].


In June 1995, he became mayor of this city, winning as a "nonpartisan" candidate in a trilateral election, facing both a right-wing list officially supported by the majority parties RPR and UDF, and a left-wing list.[8]

He has since been re-elected in March 2001, then again on March 11, 2008 (in the first round), and finally on March 30, 2014 in the second round on a "Miscellaneous Right" list, with 66.38% of votes, against 33.61 % for Florian Bohème leading the "Union of the Left" list.[9][10]

The taking of the municipal council by an entrepreneur claiming himself to be nonpartisan, followed by his long-term territorial anchoring, are the result of a sociological evolution of an Île-de-France area located between the towns of Bezons, Sartrouville and Nanterre and belonging historically to the Ceinture rouge (Red Belt) around Paris.[11][12]

Departmental Councillor[edit]

On March 18, 2001, he was elected General Councillor of Yvelines SE (canton of Houilles-Carrières), prevailing over the outgoing left-wing candidate Nicole Trézières.[13] He was re-elected in 2008[14] and again in 2014.[15]

He has been vice-president of the General Council of Yvelines since 2009[16] He is also a member of the Culture-Education-General Affairs Commission.[17] From July 2009 to March 2011, he was 11th vice-president for the elderly, disabled people and medico-social facilities, as well as youth and sports.[18] Since April 2011, he has been 10th vice-president in charge of Youth, Sports, and Outdoor and Recreation Areas. [19]

Other responsibilities[edit]

Alexandre Joly has been vice-president of the Communauté d'agglomération de la Boucle de la seine (CABS) in charge of Roads, Traffic and Transport since 2006 and chairman of the board of directors of the Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours (SDIS) for Yvelines, since April 2011.[20]

Hosting of Paris-Nice and Tour de France[edit]

He ensured that his town was selected to host the prologue of the Paris–Nice cycling race in 2013 and as the starting point of the last stage of the Tour de France in 2018.[21][22]

Memorial Policy[edit]

Since 2004, Alexandre Joly has initiated a memorial policy around Victor Schoelcher, who wrote the decree of 27 April 1848 abolishing slavery in France's colonies and lived and died in Houilles.[23] In his memory, a twinning was created between Houilles and the town of Schœlcher in Martinique. [24] The house where Victor Schoelcher lived was bought by the city in 2011 and is to be converted to a Lieu de Mémoire (site of remembrance).[25]

Electoral wrangling[edit]

In the municipal elections of 1995 and 2001, Alexandre Joly constantly reaffirmed his non-membership of any political party. Thus, in a 2001 press release, he proclaimed his pride of having "achieved a coalition, outside traditional parties and divisions, to straighten out the city and manage it in a new spirit of transparency". To which his opponents of the Plural Left ironically replied: "Well, no party bias, Mr. Joly? No, three party biases! RPR, UDF and DL."[26]

In the 2014 municipal elections, the socialist opposition denounced the lack of transparency of the name "sans étiquette" (nonpartisan) put forward by Alexandre Joly while he had the dual support of the UMP and the UDI. The Socialist candidate, Florian Bohème, also pointed out that in the General Council the mayor voted with the right-wing majority on the issue of cantonal reform. Joly replied that "since his first mandate, the ID common list has consisted of personalities with various sensitivities". He also recalled that out of the six leading candidates of the list in Houilles he was "the only one who had never carried a card."[27]


Knight of the National Order of Merit.[28]

Holder of the Youth and Sports Silver Medal.[29]

Knight of the Legion of Honor, a distinction conferred on him for his involvement in the Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours (SDIS) for Yvelines since 2011.[30][31]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Yvelines (78), Le Monde, June 30, 1995.
  2. ^ Société A Joly Pyrotech Prod Taranis, Kompass
  3. ^ ALEXANDRE JOLY PYROTECHNIQUE PRODUCTIONS TARANIS, S.A.R.L. au capital de 30000 F. Siège social : 78800 HOUILLES], Bulletin officiel des annonces civiles et commerciales, 1981, Partie 3, page 75.
  4. ^ Dominique Lajeunesse, Le grand boom techno des feux d'artifice, Libération, December 20, 1994.
  5. ^ Patrick Merle, Running Times, April 2008, p. 69: "Emulating the model of the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo's New Year's Eve race, Alexandre Joly, the current mayor of Houilles, a quiet Parisian suburb, and the late André Chauffray, an avid local runner, created the Corrida in 1972, bringing in 250 runners. "They wanted runners to be in the city not in a stadium," said Le Louet. "It became an instant success"."
  6. ^ Pierre Fulla, Pierre Fulla : "Ici à Nagano...", edi8, 2017, 152 pages (Google e-book).
  7. ^ Jean-Paul Ollivier, Ravi que Houilles soit une ville départ, Le Courrier des Yvelines, January 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Christian Carrère, Le cadre de vie au centre de la triangulaire, L'Humanité, June 17, 1995.
  9. ^ Les socialistes amènent Alexandre Joly au second tour,, March 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Résultats municipales 2014 - Houilles, Le Monde, Données du Monde.
  11. ^ Philippe Subra,Île-de-France : la fin de la banlieue rouge, Hérodote, vol. 2, 2004, N. 113, p.14-27.
  12. ^ Marie Boëton Houilles. Un air de province, L’Express, May 30, 2002.
  13. ^ Alexandre Joly s'impose, Le Parisien, March 20, 2001.
  14. ^ Résultats, Ministère de l’Intérieur website.
  15. ^ cf. Résultats, Ministère de l’Intérieur website.
  16. ^ cf. Résultats, Ministère de l’Intérieur website.
  17. ^ Alexandre JOLY Conseiller départemental du Canton de Houilles,
  18. ^ Bulletin n°235 - Arrêté n° AD 2009-230 du 9 juillet 2009.
  19. ^ Bulletin n°256 - Arrêté n° AD 2011-108 du 4 avril 2011.
  20. ^ Le maire de Houilles décoré de la Légion d'honneur, Le Parisien, July 3, 2016.
  21. ^ Sébastien Birden, Houilles accueillera le départ de la dernière étape du Tour de France, Le Parisien, October 17, 2017.
  22. ^ Eric Delporte, Houilles : le Tour de France « c’est la fête, c’est sympa », Le Parisien, July 29, 2018.
  23. ^ 21 juillet 2004. Discours du Président du Sénat à Houilles pour le bicentenaire de la naissance de Schœlcher, Comité national pour la mémoire et l'histoire de l'esclavage website.
  24. ^ Houilles et Schoelcher célèbrent 20 ans de jumelage, Martinique La Première, February 17, 2018.
  25. ^ Elisabeth Gardet, Houilles : la maison Schoelcher bientôt transformée en musée, Le Parisien, May 9, 2018.
  26. ^ N. P., Un maire « sans parti pris », Le Parisien, February 1, 2001.
  27. ^ Sébastien Birden, Liste « sans étiquette » aux municipales : le maire de Houilles persiste et signe, Le Parisien, February 25, 2014.
  28. ^ Nominations au Journal officiel de la République française JORFTEXT000023995277 May 15, 2011.
  29. ^ M. Alexandre Joly (extract),
  30. ^ Le maire de Houilles décoré de la Légion d'honneur, Le Parisien, July 3, 2016.
  31. ^ Alexandre Joly reçoit la Légion d’honneur,, June 28, 2016.