Marc Joulaud

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Marc Joulaud
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Marc Joulaud in the European Parliament of Strasourg
Member of the European Parliament
for West France
In office
1 July 2014 – July 2019
Majority European People's Party
Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe
In office
9 March 2008 – March 2020
Preceded by Pierre Touchard
Personal details
Born (1967-09-03) 3 September 1967 (age 49)
Mayenne, Mayenne, FR
Political party Les Républicains
Alma mater University of Maine (France)

Marc Joulaud (born 3 September 1967 in Mayenne) is a French politician. He is a member of the French center right party Les Républicains (LR) and he is currently Member of the European Parliament for the West France constituency.


Marc Joulaud studied law, first at the Maine University in Le Mans where he obtained a public law bachelor. He also obtained a master's degree in the same field at Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He finished his studies at Science Po Paris, where he specialised in local government.

In 1992, he started working with François Fillon, at that time mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, as special advisor, which marked the beginning of a long cooperation between the two men. From 1992 to 1995, Marc Joulaud was François Fillon’s parliamentary assistant. In 1995 and 1998, when François Fillon was elected president of the Conseil general de la Sarthe and Conseil régional des Pays de la Loire, Marc Joulaud followed him as his closest advisor.

Marc Joulaud began his own political career in 2001 when he became city councillor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe. He also became vice-president of the Communauté de commune de Sablé-sur-Sarthe (community of communes).

On 9 June 2002, he became substitute deputy MP of the 4th constituency of Sarthe, after François Fillon’s election as MP (With 55,21% of the ballot at the first round). He finally became MP on 19 July 2002, after the nomination of François Fillon as a member of the government. During his entire mandate he was a member of the UMP group at the Assemblée Nationale (National Assembly) and a member of the Defence committee. In this committee he was in charge of the monitoring of the credit execution. He was also vice-president of the friendship group between France and Slovenia.

For the 2007 legislative election, he was again appointed as François Fillon’s deputy MP in the same constituency. François Fillon and Marc Joulaud were re-elected on the 10 June 2007 with 53,40% of the ballots at the first round, and François Fillon was confirmed as French Prime Minister on the 19 June. Marc Joulaud returned as a MP on 20 July 2007 and returned in his previous political group and committee, but became president of the friendship group between France and Sierra-Leone.

On 9 March 2008 Marc Joulaud won the municipal election of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, once again in the first round, and was elected mayor by the city council on the 14th of March.

Candidate for the first time on his own name at the legislative election of 2012, he obtained 31,67 % of the ballot at the first round and accessed to the second round. On 17 June 2012, the second turn is on-going but after a long campaign, he obtained 40,55% of the votes while his rival Stephane Le Foll won the election[1] with 59,45% of the votes.

On 28 September 2012, after François Fillon's resignation, he was elected President of the Communauté de commune de Sablé-sur-Sarthe at the absolute majority,[2] with 56 votes.

European Parliament[edit]

Candidate at the European elections of 2014, he was at the 3rd place on the UMP list, after Alain Cadec and Elisabeth Morin-Chartier. Nationwide, his list was one of the three UMP lists that arrived ahead the Front National lists at these elections.

In the European Parliament, he is member of the EPP group, the biggest political group in the European Parliament. He is a full member of the “Regional Development” committee (REGI) and a substitute member of the “Culture and Education” (CULT) committee.[3]

In the REGI committee, he works on urban policies and the implementation of the new regional policy.

In the CULT committee, he specialises in digital policies, copyright policy and the audiovisual and media policies. Reflecting this, he was appointed as the EPP shadow rapporteur on CULT opinions on IPR enforcement and the copyright reform.

He is also a member of the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee, of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. And he is a substitute member of the South-Caucasus Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly