Gérard Collomb

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Gérard Collomb
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Mayor of Lyon
Assumed office
5 November 2018
Preceded byGeorges Képénékian
In office
25 March 2001 – 17 July 2017
Preceded byRaymond Barre
Succeeded byGeorges Képénékian
Minister of the Interior
In office
17 May 2017 – 3 October 2018
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byMatthias Fekl
Succeeded byÉdouard Philippe (Acting)
Member of the Senate
for Rhône
In office
4 November 2018 – 5 December 2018
Preceded byGilbert-Luc Devinaz
Succeeded byGilbert-Luc Devinaz
In office
2 November 1999 – 17 June 2017
Preceded byFranck Sérusclat
Succeeded byGilbert-Luc Devinaz
President of the Metropolis of Lyon
In office
1 January 2015 – 10 July 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDavid Kimelfeld
Mayor of the 9th arrondissement of Lyon
In office
3 July 1995 – 25 March 2001
Preceded byMichèle Mollard
Succeeded byPierrette Augier
Member of the National Assembly
In office
2 July 1981 – 4 May 1988
Preceded byRoger French
Succeeded byMichel Noir
ConstituencyRhône's 2nd constituency (1981–1986)
Rhône Department (1986–1988)
Personal details
Born (1947-06-20) 20 June 1947 (age 72)
Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Political partyPS (1969-2017)
LREM (from 2017)
EducationLycée du Parc
Alma materUniversity of Lyon

Gérard Collomb (born 20 June 1947) is a French politician of the Socialist Party. He currently serves as Mayor of Lyon (previously occupied this post from March 2001 to July 2017) and was from May 2017 until October 2018 the Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government. Unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron's government, Collomb resigned in order to run again for mayor of Lyon. He is currently municipal councillor for the city of Lyon and councillor for the Metropolis of Lyon.

Political career[edit]

Local politics[edit]

Collomb was elected as a Socialist municipal councillor for the 9th arrondissement of Lyon in the 1977 French municipal elections, 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. Since 2017, he has been councillor for the Metropolis of Lyon.[2]

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.[3] On 17 May 2017, he was named Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government.[4] Lyon Deputy mayor Georges Képénékian was elected as Lyon mayor succeeding Collomb.

In October 2018, Collomb prevailed in resigning in order to run again for mayor of Lyons. He was quoted saying of Macron, ‘Very few of us can still talk to" him.[5]

Collomb was "recently revealed to have said in private that France risked a civil war unless immigration, legal and illegal, was sharply curtailed within the next five years".[6] As minister he had "talked about France being 'flooded' by immigrants—a term frequently used by" past National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.[7] After touring parts of Marseille, Toulouse and Paris as minister, Collomb had said, “The situation is very difficult" and used the phrase "Reconquering the Republic” to frame the challenge facing the country.[8]


  1. ^ vom Hove, Tann (7 December 2010). "World Mayor: The 2010 results". World Mayor. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Gérard Collomb : city of Lyon". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  3. ^ Factbox: Ministers in new French government Reuters, May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Bertrand, Morgane, Sylvain Courage and Laura Thouny, "10 things to know about Gerard Collomb, Macron's faithful who enters the Interior" (English version), Nouvel Obs weekly, May 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Rahim, Zamora, "Emmanuel Macron sees third French cabinet minister resign in weeks", Independent (U.K.), 3 October 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  6. ^ Gobry, Pascal-Emmanuel, "The Failure of the French Elite" (subscription required), Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2019. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  7. ^ Magnaudeix, Mathieu, "President Macron’s Trouble at Home" (NYR Daily), New York Review, April 24, 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  8. ^ Mortimer, Gavin, "France is fracturing but Macron remains in denial" (blog), The Spectator (U.K.), 17 October 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-22.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthias Fekl
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Édouard Philippe