Laurent Wauquiez

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Laurent Wauquiez
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President of The Republicans
Assumed office
10 December 2017
Preceded by Nicolas Sarkozy
President of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Assumed office
4 January 2016
Preceded by Jean-Jack Queyranne
Minister of Higher Education
In office
29 June 2011 – 10 May 2012
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Valérie Pécresse
Succeeded by Geneviève Fioraso
Member of the National Assembly
for Haute-Loire's 1st constituency
Assumed office
5 July 2004
Preceded by Jacques Barrot
Personal details
Born (1975-04-12) 12 April 1975 (age 42)
Lyon, France
Political party Union for a Popular Movement (Before 2015)
The Republicans (2015–present)
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Sciences Po
École nationale d'administration

Laurent Timothée Marie Wauquiez (French pronunciation: ​[lo.ʁɑ̃ ti.mɔ.te ma.ʁi vo.kje]; born 12 April 1975 in Lyon) is a French politician. On 10 December 2017, Wauquiez was elected president of The Republicans by a wide margin.[1] He was the Secretary of State for European Affairs under the Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Alain Juppé; and he was previously Secretary of State for Employment under the Minister of the Economy, Industry and Employment[2] since March 2008 in François Fillon’s government. He also was Government Spokesman from June 2007 to March 2008 as Minister of State under the Prime Minister. He was elected as 2nd Vice President of ORU Fogar at the organization's General Assembly held in Quito (Ecuador) on 16 October 2016. He is expected to become the new leader of LR in the leadership election for the presidency of the party in December 2017.[3] He is seen as being from the right-leaning Nicolas Sarkozy faction of LR.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Wauquiez graduated from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne with a masters in history and studied public law at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), and attended the École nationale d'administration (Ena).[4]

Political career[edit]

Wauquiez held several governmental positions over the course of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency. He was named the Secretary of State for Employment in 2008 and also functioned as the government spokesman.[5][6] He later served as Minister of European Affairs and of Higher Education.[5] In 2012, he was re-elected to the National Assembly and became head of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in 2015.[5] On 10 December 2017, he was elected as the president of The Republicans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Wauquiez is famous for his red parka coat.[3]

List of mandates and functions[edit]

Governmental functions[edit]

Minister of Higher Education and Research : 2011-2012.

Minister for European Affairs : 2010-2011.

Secretary of State with the Prime Minister, Government Spokesman : 2007-2008.

Secretary of State for Employment : 2008-2010.

Electoral mandates[edit]

National Assembly of France[edit]

Member of the National Assembly of France for Haute-Loire's 1st constituency : 2004-2007 (He became secretary of State in 2007) / Since 2012. Elected in 2004 (by-election), reelected in 2007 and 2012.

Regional Council[edit]

President of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes : since 2016.

Municipal Council[edit]

Mayor of Le Puy-en-Velay : 2008-2016 (Resignation). Reelected in 2014.

Municipal councillor of Le Puy-en-Velay : 2008-2016 (Resignation). Reelected in 2014.


  1. ^ Matthieu Goar (10 December 2017). "Laurent Wauquiez prend la tête du parti Les Républicains". Le Monde. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Laurent Wauquiez dénonce "la myopie politique" de Martine Aubry". Les Échos (in French). 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "France's centre-right offers no serious opposition to Emmanuel Macron". The Economist. 12 October 2017. 
  4. ^, ESR :. "Biographie de Laurent Wauquiez - ESR :". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "Laurent Wauquiez: The hardliner leading France's Les Republicains farther right - France 24". France 24. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Laurent Wauquiez entre au gouvernement comme secrétaire d'Etat à l'Emploi". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  7. ^ Goar, Matthieu (2017-12-10). "Laurent Wauquiez élu président du parti Les Républicains". Le (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Valérie Pécresse
Ministry of Higher Education and Research
Succeeded by
Geneviève Fioraso