Gérard Collomb

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Gérard Collomb
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Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
17 May 2017
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe
Preceded by Matthias Fekl
Mayor of Lyon
In office
25 March 2001 – 17 July 2017
Preceded by Raymond Barre
Succeeded by Georges Képénékian
Member of the Senate
for Rhône
In office
2 November 1999 – 17 June 2017
Preceded by Franck Sérusclat
Succeeded by Gilbert-Luc Devinaz
Personal details
Born (1947-06-20) 20 June 1947 (age 70)
Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Lyon

Gérard Collomb (born 20 June 1947) is a French politician. He is a member of the French Socialist Party and has been Mayor of Lyon from March 2001 to July 2017. Since May 2017, he has been the Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government.

Political career[edit]

Local politics[edit]

Collomb was elected as a Socialist municipal councillor for the 9th arrondissement of Lyon in the French municipal elections, 1977, and has been re-elected six times since then. In 1981, aged 34, he was elected to the French National Assembly. He was re-elected in 1986 but lost his seat in 1988. From 1989 on, he led by the municipal opposition to Michel Noir on the Lyon municipal council. From 1992 to 1999 he also served as regional councillor for the Rhône-Alpes region, before his resignation.

Collomb was defeated in the 1995 local elections in Lyon, and became Mayor of the 9th arrondissement and Vice-President of the Urban Community of Lyon, until 2001. He ran as leader of the Plural Left list in the 2001 local elections. He was elected Mayor on 25 March and also elected as president of the Urban Community of Lyon, a post he held until 2014. Among the projects he has implemented is the Vélo'v.

In 2004, Collomb was re-elected Senator for the Rhône. He was re-elected as Mayor of Lyon by a large margin in March 2008, defeating Dominique Perben of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in the first round by a landslide. He was re-elected again in 2014.

Ahead of the 2008 Reims Congress, Collomb led the "Hope on the left, proud to be Socialist" (French: L'espoir à gauche, fier(e)s d'être socialistes) motion of behalf of Ségolène Royal. He was a finalist for the 2010 World Mayor prize.[1]

Collomb has been President of the Metropolis of Lyon from 2015 to 2017.

Career in national politics[edit]

Collomb was one of Emmanuel Macron's first close allies and vocal supporters among leading Socialists ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.[2] On 17 May 2017, he was named Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government. Lyon Deputy mayor Georges Képénékian was elected as Lyon mayor succeeding Collomb.


  1. ^ vom Hove, Tann (7 December 2010). "World Mayor: The 2010 results". World Mayor. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Factbox: Ministers in new French government Reuters, May 17, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthias Fekl
Minister of the Interior