Frédérique Vidal

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Frédérique Vidal
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Frédérique Vidal in 2019
Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Assumed office
17 May 2017
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byNajat Vallaud-Belkacem
(National Education, Higher Education, and Research)
Personal details
Born (1964-05-09) 9 May 1964 (age 55)
Alma materUniversity of Nice Sophia Antipolis
Pasteur Institute
OccupationMinister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (since May 2017)
Director of University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (before May 2017)

Frédérique Vidal (born 9 May 1964) is a Monegasque-born French-based biochemist, academic administrator and politician. She was the president of the University of Nice from 2012 to 2017. She has been the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in the First Philippe Government since 17 May 2017 and subsequently the Second Philippe Government since 21 June 2017.

Early life[edit]

Frédérique Vidal was born in Monaco.[1] She was educated in Monaco and earned a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.[1] She earned a Master of Advanced Studies in molecular virology from the Pasteur Institute, and a PhD in biology from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.[1]


Frédrique Vidal began her career as a biochemist for Virbac.[1]

Vidal joined her alma mater, the University of Nice, as an associate professor in 1995.[2] She became a full professor in 2002, and she served as the chair of the biology department from 2005 to 2008.[1] She was the vice dean of its college of sciences from 2007 to 2009, and its dean from 2009 to 2012.[1][2] She succeeded Albert Marouani as the university president in 2012.[1][3] During her first term, Vidal founded Université Côte d'Azur, a consortium consisting of the university, and local business schools and research centres, to increase the international attractiveness of the university.[4] She was re-elected as president in 2016.[2]

Vidal was opposed to the "circulaire Guéant," a failed proposal by Interior Minister Claude Guéant whose aim was to curtail the ability of non-EU foreign students to stay in France after the completion of their studies.[1] She suggested the University of Nice should not discriminate on the basis of national origin or financial resources.[1]

On 17 May 2017, Vidal was appointed Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in the First Philippe Government.[5]

In March 2019, Vidal criticized the Polish Institute of National Remembrance for its role in the disruption of The New Polish School of Holocaust Scholarship conference in EHESS, Paris.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paredes, Adrien (28 June 2012). "Frédérique Vidal, de Monaco à Valrose". Monaco Hebdo. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Frédérique Vidal, réelue Présidente de l'UNS". University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Frédérique Vidal investie présidente de l'Université". Monaco Matin. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ Magnenet, J.C. (23 January 2015). ""Avoir une plus forte visibilité à l'international"". 20 Minutes. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  5. ^ Chaillan, Coralie (17 May 2017). "Frédérique Vidal, présidente de l'université de Nice, nommée ministre de l'enseignement supérieur". France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  6. ^ Colloquium on the Shoah in Paris: France protests with Poland, Le Figaro, 1 March 2019
  7. ^ La Pologne minimise les incidents lors d’un colloque sur la Shoah à Paris, Le Monde, 4 March 2019
  8. ^ Behr, Valentin. "Entre histoire et propagande. Les contributions de l’Institut polonais de la mémoire nationale à la mise en récit de la Seconde Guerre mondiale." Allemagne d'aujourd'hui 2 (2019): 82-92.