Axelle Lemaire

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Axelle Lemaire
Axelle Lemaire par Claude Truong-Ngoc avril 2015.jpg
Axelle Lemaire in 2015
Minister for Digital Affairs
Assumed office
9 April 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Preceded by Fleur Pellerin
Assembly Member
for Northern Europe
In office
20 June 2012 – 9 May 2014
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Dr Christophe Premat
Personal details
Born (1974-10-18) 18 October 1974 (age 42)
Ottawa, Canada
Nationality French-Canadian
Political party Parti socialiste (PS)
Children 2
Residence Paris
Alma mater Institut d'études politiques de Paris
Panthéon-Assas University
King's College London
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website Official Website

Axelle Lemaire (born 18 October 1974) is a French Socialist politician who currently serves as a Secretary of State in the French Government.

In 2012, she was elected as Deputy for the Third constituency for French overseas residents in the National Assembly of the French Parliament.[1]

In May 2014, Prime Minister Manuel Valls appointed her to the French Finance Ministry as minister responsible for Digital Affairs.

Education and personal life[edit]

Lemaire was born in Canada to a French mother and a Quebecois father. After being brought up in Hull, Quebec where she attended Collège Saint-Joseph de Hull, Lemaire lived as a teenager in Montpellier.

She read Modern Literature and Political Science at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, before completing degrees in Law at Panthéon-Assas University (DEA, 2000) and King's College London (LLM, 2003).[2] Lemaire subsequently taught legal studies at university level and worked in a law firm, before working at the House of Commons as a researcher for the former Labour MP and Minister, Denis MacShane.[3]

Mrs Lemaire lived in London with her husband and two children from 2002 until 2014 before relocating to Paris.[4]

Political career[edit]

Lemaire served as Secretary of the French Socialist Party (PS)[5] in London from 2008 until her election to the National Assembly in 2012. According to Le Point, she turned down a ministerial post in Jean-Marc Ayrault's second government having no desire to leave London being the mother of two young children.[6] She has served as Chair of the UK-France Parliamentary Friendship Group.

However she accepted appointment as Minister of State for Digital Affairs in Valls' new government in April 2014.

Assembly Member[edit]

In 2012 Lemaire was returned as Deputy for one of the eleven newly created constituencies, each elected by French overseas citizens to the French National Assembly. The constituency she represented as inaugural Deputy includes all registered French citizens living in the ten countries throughout Northern Europe – namely, Iceland, Norway, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Sweden, Finland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: on New Year's Day 2011, it recorded 140,731 French citizens on its electoral roll, with the vast majority of these (113,655) living in the United Kingdom, which has the third largest French expat population in the world. Consequently, her election campaign received considerable attention at the time from the British press.[7][8]

Having won 54.76% of the vote, during her term as Deputy she regularly appeared in the British media regarding French politics.

In May 2014, upon assuming French governmental ministerial office, Lemaire resigned her parliamentary seat[9] being succeeded by Dr Christophe Premat.

Minister of State for Digital Affairs[edit]

Since joining the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in Paris, Lemaire has been a leading proponent of net neutrality legislation.[10]

She is involved in the French Tech movement, which unites French digital startups worldwide.


  1. ^ "Législatives 2012 : Londres et l'Europe du Nord élisent Axelle Lemaire (PS)". Huffington Post. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Franco-British Connections". 16 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tate Modern made to reprint Hirst catalogue – Diary – News – Evening Standard". London Evening Standard. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Axelle Lemaire: Canadian wins bid for French parliament seat – in London". 20 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Accueil | PS – Parti socialiste" (in French). Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hollande a voulu recruter une ministre sur Canal+". Le Point. 
  7. ^ over a year left to listen (1 January 1970). "BBC Radio 4 – Woman's Hour, Women in Greece, Gender Pay Audits, Portrait Painting , Axelle Lemaire". BBC. 
  8. ^ "She got the va-va-vote... Axelle Lemaire is Hollande's woman in London – London Life – Life & Style". London Evening Standard. 21 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Nationale, Assemblée. "Mme Axelle Lemaire - Mandat clos - Français établis hors de France (3e circonscription) - Assemblée nationale". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Axelle Lemaire (Secrétaire d'Etat chargée du numérique) : "Le principe de Neutralité du Net devrait être inscrit dans la loi"". Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

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