Catherine Tasca

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Catherine Tasca
French Minister of Culture
In office
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Catherine Trautmann
Succeeded by Jean-Jacques Aillagon
Senator for Yvelines
In office
26 September 2004 – 1 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1941-12-13) 13 December 1941 (age 76)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Sciences Po, ÉNA

Catherine Tasca (born 13 December 1941 in Lyon) was a member of the Senate of France, representing the Yvelines department from 2004 to 2017. She is a member of the Socialist Party, and served as the Senate's vice-president. From 2000 to 2002 she was Minister of Culture in France.

Family life[edit]

She is the daughter of Angelo Tasca, a former founding member of the Communist Party of Italy from Piedmont. After expulsion from the Communist Party, Angelo went into exile in France. There he joined the French Section of the Workers' International in 1934 and later supported the Vichy regime in the 1940s.


Political offices
Preceded by
Catherine Trautmann
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Jean-Jacques Aillagon