Franck Proust

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Franck Proust

Franck Proust (born 2 May 1963, in Poitiers) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement and member of the European Parliament since 2011,[1] first vice-chair of the French EPP Group delegation in the European Parliament.[2] He is first deputy mayor of Nîmes. Being originally an entrepreneur, he is also an insurance agent in Nîmes.

Professional background[edit]

He holds a postgraduate degree in market and management sciences from the centre of studies and research of Clermont-Ferrand and works as an insurance agent.

European Parliament[edit]


On 23 June 2011, he started serving as a Member of the European Parliament. His predecessor, Dominique Baudis, was to become ombudsman (Défenseur des droits) towards the French Republic. He sits in the EPP Group, the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

During this mandate, he asserted the fact that there could be no competitiveness for European businesses as long as external trade relations are not balanced. He argued for a better implementation of the principle of reciprocity and greater common sense from the European Institutions.

He was rapporteur on Monitoring EU/third country trade in drug precursors,[3] such as regulations concerning rules for the monitoring of trade between the Community and third countries in drug precursors as well as with the Federation of Russia

He was also rapporteur on CARS 2020: towards a strong, competitive and sustainable European car industry (European Commission's action plan),[4] he strongly argued in favour of greater competitiveness in the automotive industry.

On 2013 and 2014, he initiated MEPs action against the revision of the ruling of State aid for regional airports.[5]

He also appealed the French Government to put in the transport national priorities the High-Speed Railways piece going from Montpellier to Perpignan, missing part of the European High-Speed Corridor going from Amsterdam to Sevilla.[6]


On a common program with Michèle Alliot-Marie, he was re-elected member of the European Parliament on 25 May 2014 or the French South-West France (European Parliament constituency). He sits in the Committee on International Trade and in the Committee on Transport and Tourism.[7]

He is also vice-chair of the Sky and Space intergroup [8] and first vice-chair of the French EPP delegation in the European Parliament.[9]

Nîmes city council[edit]

1989-1995 : First local mandate in Nîmes, in the majority[edit]

1989: aged 25, he became member of Nîmes' city council in charge of tourism, with Jean Bousquet as a mayor. 1991: He is appointed deputy mayor and president of Nîmes' office tourism. Being already a touristic town, Franck Proust initiated summer's festivities every Thursday in Nîmes (Les jeudi de Nîmes), wich increased cities' input and its touristic attractivity.

1995 - 2001: Within the political opposition of Nîmes' city council[edit]

From 1995 to 2001, he is into the political opposition of Nîmes' city council. He joined "Démocratie libérale" party in 1997 and he is appointed delegate of the federal secretary in the Gard.

2001 - Nowadays : Deputy Mayor of Nîmes[edit]

2001: He runs for Nîmes' City Council within the alliance of right wing parties. March 2001: Jean-Paul Fournier is elected mayor of Nîmes and appoints Franck Proust deputy mayor in charge of economic development and foreign relations. He is also entrusted with the portfolio of vice-president to the Community of Agglomeration of Nîmes. From 2001 to 2006 : Franck Proust is in charge of the UMP party majority within the City Council. March 2008: Following a common program for the City Council elections with Jean-Paul Fournier, he is appointed first deputy mayor.

Former local mandate[edit]

  • Councillor to the Gard from 2004 to 2011

National political commitments[edit]

  • Support to Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency of the UMP party in 2014.
  • Support to Jean-François Copé for the presidency of the UMP party in 2012.
  • National secretary of the UMP party (2012-2014)


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