Catherine Trautmann

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Catherine Trautmann
Catherine Trautmann MEP, Strasbourg - Diliff.jpg
Minister of Culture
In office
4 June 1997 – 27 March 2000
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Philippe Douste-Blazy
Succeeded by Catherine Tasca
Mayor of Strasbourg
In office
Preceded by Roland Ries
Succeeded by Fabienne Keller
In office
Preceded by Marcel Rudloff
Succeeded by Roland Ries
Personal details
Born (1951-01-15) 15 January 1951 (age 65)
Strasbourg, France
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Strasbourg

Catherine Trautmann (born 15 January 1951 in Strasbourg) is a French politician for the Socialist Party (France). She served as Minister of Culture of France in the Lionel Jospin cabinet 1997–2000 and was a Member of the European Parliament 1989–1997 and 2004–2014.[1][2]


She studied in Strasbourg, obtaining a Master's degree in Protestant theology at the Protestant theology faculty of the University of Strasbourg. She is also a specialist on Coptic language and literature.

She was elected as the fist female mayor of Strasbourg in 1989, re-elected in 1995, then defeated in 2001.

In the EP she sat on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and was a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education and also a member of the Delegation for relations with Canada.[when?] She was elected from the constituency of East France.[2]

  • Master's degree in Protestant theology (1975)
  • Member of the Socialist Party national council (1977)
  • Member of the Socialist Party national bureau (2000)
  • Member of the national bureau of the National Federation of Socialist and Republican Elected Representatives
  • Member of Strasbourg Municipal Council (1983)
  • Mayor of Strasbourg and Chairwoman of the Strasbourg Urban Community Council (1989–1997 and 2000–2001)
  • Member of Strasbourg City Council and Member of the Strasbourg Urban Community Council (since 2001)
  • Member of the National Assembly (1986–1988)
  • State Secretary for the Elderly and Disabled (1988)
  • Minister for Culture and Communications (1997–2000)
  • Member of the European Parliament (1989–1997)
  • Council of Europe (1987–1988)
  • Chairwoman of the Interdepartmental Task Force on Drug addiction (1988–1990)
  • Commissioner-General for the Expo International 2004 (2000–2002) (cancelled in 2003[3])


  1. ^ Catherine Trautmann (French) Retrieved 19 June 2014
  2. ^ a b Européennes : ces personnalités qui ont échoué (French) Le Figaro. 26 May 2014
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