Marisol Touraine

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Marisol Touraine
Marisol Touraine 2015 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
16 May 2012 – 10 May 2017
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Manuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded byRoselyne Bachelot
Succeeded byAgnès Buzyn
(Solidarity and Health)
Minister of Health
In office
16 May 2012 – 10 May 2017
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Manuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded byRoselyne Bachelot
Succeeded byAgnès Buzyn
(Solidarity and Health)
Personal details
Born (1959-03-07) 7 March 1959 (age 60)[1]
Paris, France
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
Harvard University

Marisol Touraine (French pronunciation: ​[ma.ʁi.sɔl tu.ʁɛn]; born 7 March 1959) is a French politician. She serves as Minister of Social Affairs and Health under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,[2][3] Prime Minister Manuel Valls, and under Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.


Early life[edit]

Touraine was born on 7 March 1959 in Paris.[4][5] She graduated from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.[3] She studied at the École Normale Supérieure, where she specialised in economic and social issues. She also attended Harvard University but did not receive a degree.[6][7] She is fluent in Spanish.[8]

Political career[edit]

She served as a member of the National Assembly of France for Indre-et-Loire (3rd constituency) from 1997 to 2002 for the Socialiste, radical, citoyen et divers gauche political party.[3] She was defeated in the second round in 2002 by Jean-Jacques Descamps (UMP). She regained the district in June 2007 with a small majority (50.22%), and served until 2012.[9]

She has been counselor general for Indre-et-Loire since 2001.[3] She served as Vice-President of the General Council of Indre-et-Loire from 2008 to 2011, and as its President from 2011 to 2012, when she resigned.[3] She has served as General councillor of Indre-et-Loire since 1998, having been re-elected in 2004 and in 2011.[3]

On 16 May 2012, Touraine was named by Prime Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault as Minister of Health and Social Affairs. The designation was accepted by President of France François Hollande, in line with tradition.[10]

In October 2012, Touraine announced that trial centres could open in 2012 in France for drug addicts to safely inject their own drugs. This measure has been met with criticism coming from both the opposition and members of the majority. She entered into negotiations with doctors and health insurance professional organisations to limit the prices of medical assistance.[11]

Other posts[edit]

In 2009, she belonged to the "Future of Health Club" (Club Avenir de la santé),[12] a lobby group funded by GlaxoSmithKline, the world's No. 7 of pharmecetics products, producing amongst other things, nicotine patches.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of French sociologist Alain Touraine and Chilean academic Adriana Arenas Pizarro (d. 1990).[3] She has a brother, Philippe, who is professor of endocrinology.[13] She is also first cousin of Alberto Arenas, Chile's Budget Director during Michelle Bachelet's presidency.[8]

She is married to diplomat Michel Reveyrand de Menthon, who is currently French ambassador to Chad.[3] She is a mother of three.[3][8]

In September 2013, Touraine's elder son was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for extortion and sequestration.[14]


  1. ^ "Marisol Touraine". (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ Angelique Chrisafis, Women in the French cabinet, The Guardian, 18 May 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Olivier Auguste, Marisol Touraine à la tête d'un pôle social féminin, Le Figaro
  4. ^ Retrieved 13 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Retrieved 13 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique. "Women in the French cabinet". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  7. ^ "Marisol Touraine". (in French). Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  8. ^ a b c Florencia Blume (20 May 2012). "Mis vínculos con Chile son más bien afectivos que políticos" (in Spanish). El Mercurio. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Liste Définitive des Députés Élus à L'issue des Deux Tours" (in French). National Assembly of France. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  10. ^ "The Associated Press: France's new prime minister names Cabinet". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  11. ^ Drug 'shooting galleries' to be tested by France, France24
  12. ^ "GSK archives". Archived from the original on 2014-03-08.
  13. ^ "El perfil de Marisol Touraine, diputada y casada con un diplomático | Mundo" (in Spanish). La Tercera. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  14. ^ "He was found guilty of entering the home of an elderly woman and forcing her to give up her bank card and code, in a building next door to one in which his family owned an apartment" (in French).

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