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Jean-Louis Bourlanges

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Jean-Louis Bourlanges
Bourlanges in 2017
Member of the National Assembly
In office
21 June 2017 – 9 June 2024
Parliament15th and 16th (Fifth French Republic)
Election18 June 2017
19 June 2022
Preceded byJean-Marc Germain
Parliamentary groupMoDem (2017-2020)
MDDA (2020-2022)
DEM (2022-2024)
ConstituencyHauts-de-Seine's 12th constituency
President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly
In office
27 January 2021 – 9 June 2024
Election27 January 2021
30 June 2022
Preceded byMarielle de Sarnez
Member of the European Parliament
In office
25 July 1989 – 31 December 2007
Parliament3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
Succeeded byBrigitte Fouré
Parliamentary groupEPP
President of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
In office
22 July 2004 – 20 February 2005
Preceded byJorge Hernandez Mollard
Succeeded byJean-Marie Cavada
President of the European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control
In office
28 April 1993 – 18 July 1994
Succeeded byAlain Lamassoure
Membre of the Regional Council of High Normandy
In office
21 March 1986 – 20 March 1998
Personal details
Born (1946-07-13) 13 July 1946 (age 78)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Political partyUnion for French Democracy (until 2007)
Democratic Movement (2017–present)
Alma materSciences Po
École nationale d'administration
OccupationCivil servant

Jean-Louis Bourlanges (born 13 July 1946) is a French politician who has represented the 12th constituency of the Hauts-de-Seine department in the National Assembly since 2017. A member of the Democratic Movement (MoDem), he has presided over the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly since 2021.

Bourlanges previously served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1989 to 2007. He was elected on the Union for French Democracy (UDF) list and sat with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group.[1]

He is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (better known as Sciences Po), where he is currently an associate professor.

Political career[edit]

Early career in local politics[edit]

Bourlanges, a graduate of the École nationale d'administration who was appointed an auditor of the Court of Audit in 1979, was a municipal councillor of Dieppe (1983–1989) and regional councillor of Haute-Normandie (1986–1998).

Member of the European Parliament, 1989–2007[edit]

During his time as a Member of the European Parliament, Bourlanges served on the Committee on Transport and Tourism (1989–1993), the Committee on Budgetary Control (1993–1999), the Committee on Budgets (1994–2002) and the Committee on International Trade (2005–2007), among others. From 2003 until 2004 he chaired the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.[2]

Following the 2004 European elections, Bourlanges was instrumental in establishing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.[3] In 2007, he left his parliamentary seat two years before the next elections.[4] He was succeeded in the European Parliament by Brigitte Fouré.

Ahead of the 2007 French presidential election, Bourlanges was a vocal critic of efforts made by the Socialist Party's candidate Ségolène Royal to seek the endorsement of his party, the Union for French Democracy.[5] In the second round of the election, he supported Nicolas Sarkozy of the Union for a Popular Movement.

Later career[edit]

Bourlanges was a regular contributor to the radio broadcast L'Esprit public on France Culture until 2017.[6]

Return to politics[edit]

Following the 2012 French legislative election, Bourlanges supported Jean-Louis Borloo's initiative to establish the new centre-right Union of Democrats and Independents party.[7]

Ahead of the 2017 presidential election, Bourlanges quit his role as a radio commentator and publicly endorsed Emmanuel Macron.[8] He was critical of the Union of Democrats and Independents' support of The Republicans nominee François Fillon.[9]

Member of the National Assembly, 2017–present[edit]

In the 2017 election for the National Assembly, Bourlanges was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hauts-de-Seine's 12th constituency with the support of La République En Marche! as a member of the Democratic Movement.

In Parliament, Bourlanges has since been serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on European Affairs. From 2017 until 2019, he was also a member of the Finance Committee. Since 2019, she has also been a member of the French delegation to the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly.[10] In January 2021, Bourlanges was elected to succeed Marielle de Sarnez at the presidency of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

In May 2022, Bourlanges was a notable critic of the appointment of Pap Ndiaye as Education Minister in the government of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne by President Emmanuel Macron.[11] The following month, he won reelection to a second term in the National Assembly in the 2022 legislative election.

On 1 December 2022, Bourlanges was among the guests invited to the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden in honor of President Emmanuel Macron at the White House.[12]

Other activities[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In July 2019, Bourlanges voted in favour of the French ratification of the European Union's Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.[15]


  1. ^ "List of all current and former Members - MEPs - European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu.
  2. ^ Committee chairs chosen European Voice, 21 July 2004.
  3. ^ Dana Spinant (2 November 2004), Federalists in threat to split from EPP after Euro election European Voice.
  4. ^ Arnaud Leparmentier (1 December 2007), Jean-Louis Bourlanges : "L'Europe fait semblant..." Le Monde.
  5. ^ Jack Thornhill (27 April 2007), Royal tries to woo centrist vote Financial Times.
  6. ^ "L'Esprit public : podcast et réécoute sur France Culture". France Culture. 5 November 2017.
  7. ^ "J.-L. Bourlanges. Donner à l'UDI «une position majeure»", Le Télégramme (in French), 25 October 2012.
  8. ^ Jean-Louis Bourlanges quitte l’émission « L’Esprit public » sur France Culture Le Monde, 6 March 2017.
  9. ^ ""L'UDI a cédé à une logique de soumission" envers Fillon", Le Journal du Dimanche (in French), 11 March 2017.
  10. ^ Jean-Louis Bourlanges French National Assembly.
  11. ^ "Pourquoi Emmanuel Macron a choisi de nommer Pap Ndiaye à l’Éducation nationale", Le Journal du Dimanche (in French), 21 May 2022.
  12. ^ Aishvarya Kavi (1 December 2022), The Full Guest List for the State Dinner New York Times.
  13. ^ Board of Directors Archived 2020-05-26 at the Wayback Machine Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri).
  14. ^ Membership Archived 2021-03-02 at the Wayback Machine Trilateral Commission.
  15. ^ Maxime Vaudano (24 July 2019), CETA : qui a voté quoi parmi les députés Le Monde.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jean-Louis Bourlanges at Wikimedia Commons