Before her political career, she lectured on public law at the University of Rennes and the University of Paris I. She began a foray into politics in 1981 as Minister of Consumption in the cabinet of Pierre Mauroy, and held several offices throughout the 1980s.
She has been Vice-President of the International European Movement where she chaired the Working Group on Enlargement.
Lalumière is currently President of the Maison de l'Europe de Paris.
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Marcelino Oreja Aguirre
| Secretary General of the Council of Europe
1 June 1989 - 31 May 1994