Brigitte Girardin

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Brigitte Girardin
Minister-Delegate for Cooperation, Development and the Francophonie
In office
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterDominique de Villepin
Minister of French Overseas
In office
7 May 2002 – 2 June 2005[1]
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterJean-Pierre Raffarin
Preceded byJean-Jacques de Peretti
Succeeded byFrançois Baroin
Senior Administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
In office
25 Mar 1998 – 26 Jan 2000
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterLionel Jospin
Preceded byPierre Lise
Succeeded byJean-Yves Hermoso

Brigitte Girardin (born 12 January 1953 in Verdun, Meuse, France) is a French diplomat and politician. She was the minister of Overseas France under Jacques Chirac from 7 May 2002 to 2 June 2005.


In 1976, Girardin first worked for the French government at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1978, she was in charge of economic relations between Francophone nations in Africa.[2]

In early 1998, Girardin was appointed as the Senior Administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands until January 2000.[3]

In 2002, Girardin was appointed as the Minister of Overseas under Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin's government.[4] In May, 2003, Girardin met with the Spanish Secretary for European Affairs, Ramón de Miguel, and Portuguese Deputy Foreign Minister, Carlos da Costa Neves to demand the European Union add aid for the countries' ultra-peripheral regions to the constitution.[5]

In 2005, Girardin worked as the Minister for Cooperation, Development and the Francophonie, where she made several deals between France and Francophone nations. She visited and signed economic agreements with Cameroon to provide $680 million in debt relief aid,[6] Comoros, granting €88 million,[6] Mauritania, signing financial accords for developmental projects,[7] the Democratic Republic of Congo,[8] Senegal, providing €110 million in aid,[9] and Canada.[10]

Girardin was also a member of UMP, a political party founded by Dominique de Villepin based on his republic of solidarity movement. She was the Secretary General of the party until its closure in 2011.[11]

On 17 April, 2012, Girardin announced that she will be voting for French president candidate François Hollande in the first round of the 2012 French presidential election.[12]

In May, 2015, Girardin joined the Court of Auditors.[13]


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  3. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "French Southern and Antarctic Lands". WORLD STATESMEN. Paris. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Raffarin appoints new temporary government". Euractiv. EURACTIV Network. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  5. ^ de Queiroz, Mario (5 May 2003). "EUROPEAN UNION: A Move in Defence of Overseas Territories". Interpress Service (IPS). Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2006 (3rd ed.). Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Pub. 2007. pp. 133, 203–204, 293. ISBN 9004162631. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ "France, Mauritania to hold political, economic talks". Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). 25 September 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  8. ^ "France and Democratic Republic of the Congo". France Diplomate. Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Visite au Sénégal de Mme Brigitte Girardin, ministre déléguée à la Coopération, au Développement et à la Francophonie (10 mai)". Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères La France au Sénégal (in French). Dakar. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen France and Canada joint development initiatives". French Embassy in Ottawa. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Villepin quittera l'UMP en 2011, selon Girardin". Europe1 (in French). 23 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  12. ^ Agence France-Presse (17 April 2012). "Brigitte Girardin votera pour Hollande". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  13. ^ Goulliaud, Philippe (27 May 2015). "La chiraco-villepiniste Brigitte Girardin rejoint la Cour des comptes". Le Figaro (in French). Paris. Retrieved 30 November 2017.