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|Mayor of Angers|
4 April 2014
|Preceded by||Frédéric Béatse|
|Member of the French Senate for Maine-et-Loire|
1 October 2011
|Preceded by||André Lardeux|
11 June 1974 |
|Political party||The Republicans|
|Alma mater||Sciences Po|
Christophe Béchu (born 11 June 1974 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire) is a French politician, President of the General Council of the Maine-et-Loire department since 2004 and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) elected in the 2009 European election to 2011 for the West France constituency. A former member of DL, he is now a member of the leading centre-right Union for a Popular Movement.
He has represented the Canton of Angers-Nord-Ouest since 2001, and was re-elected there during the French cantonal elections, 2008. However, he was narrowly defeated by the incumbent PS mayor of Angers, Jean-Claude Antonini, in the 2008 municipal elections.
In 2009, the UMP selected him to lead the UMP list in the West constituency ahead of the 2009 European elections. He was elected to the European Parliament as a result. His list won 27.16% of the vote and three MEPs. He resigned in January 2011. He lost the regional election of 2010 to become President of Pays-de-la-Loire region, but was elected as a regional councillor. In September 2011, he was elected as a Senator of Maine-et-Loire, and thereafter resigned from regional council of Pays-de-Loire.
During the French municipal elections, 2014, he competed against Frédéric Béatse and became the new mayor of Angers on April 30, 2014.
- "MEP profile - Christophe BÉCHU". European Parliament.
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