Fleur Pellerin

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Fleur Pellerin
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French Minister of Culture
and Communications
Assumed office
26 August 2014
Preceded by Éric Besson
Succeeded by Axelle Lemaire
Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Tourism Promotion and French overseas
In office
9 April 2014 – 26 August 2014
Preceded by Nicole Bricq (Foreign Trade)
Sylvia Pinel (Tourism)
Hélène Conway-Mouret (French expats)
Succeeded by Thomas Thévenoud
Minister for SME,
Innovation and the Digital Economy
In office
16 May 2012 – 2 April 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Preceded by Aurélie Filippetti
Personal details
Born (1973-08-29) 29 August 1973 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater ESSEC; Sciences Po, Paris; ENA, Strasbourg
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Fleur Pellerin (French pronunciation: ​[flœʁ pɛl.ʁɛ̃]; born 29 August 1973) is a politician and French government minister.

Pellerin was appointed Minister of Culture and Communication on 26 August 2014 by Manuel Valls and is the first French Cabinet member of Asian descent.

Early life[edit]

Pellerin was born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea, where she was abandoned on the streets only three or four days' old before being rescued by an orphanage; six months later she was adopted by a French family.[1][2] According to her adoption records she was called Jong-Suk Kim (김종숙, 金鍾淑), although it is unclear how she came by that name.


Pellerin graduated from ESSEC business school (MSc in Management) while she was just 21. She then graduated from Sciences Po (MPA) before attending the École nationale d'administration (ENA). She joined the French Court of Auditors where she rose to become a high-ranking civil servant. She then took charge of society and digital economy issues for François Hollande in his successful 2012 French presidential election campaign.[3]

In July 2012, she publicly announced her opposition to the sale of massive surveillance technologies causing quite a stir in French political circles since France is one of the biggest sellers of such technology.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pellerin is married to Laurent Olléon, also an ENA graduate, who works for the Council of State providing legal advice to the French Government.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "From adoptee to French minister". The Dong-A Ilbo. 19 May 2012. Pellerin overcame a sense of inferiority and defeat coming from being an abandoned child with the enlightened view that "something important happens by accident." 
  2. ^ "Korean Adoptee Becomes French Deputy Minister". The Chosunilbo. 1 June 2012. born in Seoul in 1973, Pellerin was found on the streets of the capital when she was three or four days old and was sent to an orphanage. She was adopted six months later. 
  3. ^ Agence-France Presse/Jiji Press, "Pellerin stirs Korean hearts", Japan Times, 20 May 2012, p. 3
  4. ^ Adam Sandle, Fleur Pellerin: "I am opposed to France selling massive surveillance technologies", Groundreport, 25 July 2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Aurélie Filippetti
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Minister for Culture

Succeeded by