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|President of the Regional Council of Lower Normandy|
|Preceded by||Philippe Duron|
|Succeeded by||Hervé Morin (as President of the Regional Council of Normandy)|
24 June 1952 |
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||University of Caen, Sciences Po, Paris Dauphine University|
He joined the Socialist Party at age 21 and he was elected to the Mortrée municipal council in 1977. He worked in the cabinets of various Socialist Research Ministers, and was a member of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He did not run for re-election in Mortrée in 1989, choosing to run on the list of François Doubin (MRG) in Argentan. Following Doubin's election, be became deputy mayor. Elected opposition regional councillor in 1998, elected to lead the Communauté de communes of Argentan in 2001, he finally became vice-president of the Basse-Normandie Regional Council; responsible for Education, Higher Education and Research under Socialist President Philippe Duron.
Following Philippe Duron's election as Mayor of Caen, he succeeded him as President of the Regional Council. He will run for a full term in his own right as the PS' top candidate in the region in the 2010 regional elections.