Benoît Hamon

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Benoît Hamon
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Hamon in 2014.
Member of the French National Assembly for Yvelines
Assumed office
17 June 2012
Minister of National Education
In office
2 April 2014 – 25 August 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Preceded by Vincent Peillon
Succeeded by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Junior Minister for the Social Economy
In office
16 May 2012 – 31 March 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Member of the European Parliament
In office
2004 – 2009
Personal details
Born (1967-06-26) 26 June 1967 (age 49)
Saint-Renan, Finistère
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Western Brittany[1]

Benoît Hamon (French: [bə.nwa a.mɔ̃]; born 26 June 1967) is a French politician and a member of both the Socialist Party (“PS”), and the Party of European Socialists.

He was the Minister of National Education from 2 April 2014 until 25 August 2014, resigning as a result of President Francois Hollande's abandonment of a socialist agenda.[2] He was Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of France from 2004 to 2009. He was national secretary for Europe and PS spokesperson. He was also the leader of the left-wing of the PS during the 2008 Reims Congress and its candidate for the First Secretaryship. On 16 May 2012, he was appointed Junior Minister for the Social Economy at the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance, and External Trade by President François Hollande.

He is a candidate for the 2017 French Presidential Election (see French Socialist Party presidential primary, 2017). Critical of the social-liberal politics conducted by the French president François Hollande and the Prime Minister Manuel Valls, he is representating the left-wing and politically green side of the Socialist Party during this primary.[citation needed] He also notably supports a basic income for all French citizens and wants the legalization of cannabis.[3]

2008 Reims Congress[edit]

After the candidacy for the First Secretary of the PS became a contest between Ségolène Royal and Martine Aubry, Hamon urged his supporters to vote for Aubry, who secured a narrow, contested majority.[4]


  1. ^ Revol, Michel (9 August 2007). "Le frondeur du PS". Le Point (in French). Paris. ISSN 0242-6005. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Avec le PS, c’est autre chose. D’abord, la rencontre est fortuite. En 1986, la loi Devaquet sur l’université enflamme les amphis. Etudiant en sciences éco puis en histoire à Brest, Benoît Hamon fait partie des frondeurs. 
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  4. ^ Davies, Lizzy (22 November 2008). "French Socialists in disarray after bitter leadership battle". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vincent Peillon
Minister of National Education
Succeeded by
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem