Marlène Schiappa

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Marlène Schiappa
Marlène Schiappa à la tribune de l'ONU (cropped 2).jpg
Schiappa speaking at the U.N
during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women
11 March 2019
Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship
Assumed office
6 July 2020
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterJean Castex
MinisterGérald Darmanin
Secretary of State for Gender Equality
In office
17 May 2017 – 6 July 2020
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byLaurence Rossignol
Personal details
Born (1982-11-18) 18 November 1982 (age 38)
Paris, France
Political partyLa République En Marche!
Cédric Brugière
(m. 2006)
Children2 daughters

Marlène Schiappa (French pronunciation: ​[maʁlɛn ʃjapa], Corsican: [ˈskjappa]; born 18 November 1982) is a French writer and politician, serving as Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, attached to the Minister of the Interior, in the Castex government of President Emmanuel Macron since July 2020. She previously served as Secretary of State for Gender Equality in the government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe from 2017 to 2020.[1]


Schiappa was educated at Lycée Claude-Bernard high school where she obtained her Baccalauréat ES. She studied Geography at the Sorbonne for a year.[2] She took evening class in communications and earned a bachelor's degree validated by the University of Grenoble.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In 2007, Schiappa started working at the advertising company Euro RSCG, the same year she founded the online magazine "Les Pasionarias". In 2008 she set up a blog for working mothers called "Maman travaille" (Mummy works), following the blog success she set up a support network for working mothers to put together proposals for changes in politics. After the birth of her first daughter, she left advertising and began writing novels on the theme of motherhood and feminism, some of the most successful books were: Letters To My Uterus and Who Are The Rapists.[4] She moved to Le Mans in northwestern France.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 2014 Schiappa was elected deputy mayor of the city of Le Mans, in charge of gender equality and discriminations, a position she held until 2017. In 2015 she met Emmanuel Macron, then minister of the economy, at a technology event, gifting him her book Plafond de mère,[4] a few weeks later he asked her to participate in a conference about gender equality and politics.[5]

In 2014 she Co-founded the Movement of French Elected Officials for Equality (MEFE). From 2016 to 2017, Shiappa became delegate advisor to technological innovation and economic attractiveness of the territory. In 2016 she also served as an advisor to Laurence Rossignol (Minister of Families, Childhood and Woman's rights) in the government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls.[citation needed]

In 2016–17, Schiappa was delegate to the department of Sarthe in charge of gender equality for La République En Marche! as well as member of its national Investiture Committee.[citation needed]

Secretary of State for Gender Equality[edit]

In 2017, Marlène Schiappa became Secretary of State for Gender Equality attached to the Prime Minister.[6]

In 2018, she successfully introduced a law to deter predatory remarks and street harassment, such as wolf-whistling.[7][8] In 2018, Schiappa proposed a change to the French civil code to introduce a ban on corporal punishment; the bill called "anti-smacking bill" in the media was approved on 30 November 2018.[9]

On the eve of International Women's Day in 2018, Schiappa appeared, alongside Roselyne Bachelot among others, in a performance of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues at the Bobino theater in Paris.[10]

In 2019, amid revelations of the Jeffrey Epstein affair, Schiappa and fellow cabinet member child welfare minister, Adrien Taquet called for an investigation into the activities in France of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein "so that his death does not deny his victims the justice they are entitled to".[11][12]

In November 2019, Schiappa proposed that foreigners convicted of sexual crimes and violence against women would be deported. This proposal was criticised by some feminists who called it "feminationalism" and unequal punishment based on nationality,[13] and also by a legal expert who said that such measures already existed since 1970 for serious crimes including the worst sexual crimes.[14]

Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship[edit]

On 6 July 2020, Schiappa was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, attached to the Minister of the Interior, in the government of Prime Minister Jean Castex.[15]

In September 2020 Marlène Schiappa announced that Foreign Covid workers will be fast-tracked to obtain French citizenship.[16]


Marlène Schiappa has published more than 28 novels and essays under her name as well as under the pseudonym Marie Minelli.[17]

  • J’aime ma famille (2010)
  • Osez l'amour des rondes (2010)
  • Maman travaille, le guide (2011)
  • Je reprends le travail après bébé (2012)
  • Le Dictionnaire déjanté de la maternité (2013)
  • Éloge de l’enfant roi (2013)
  • Les 200 astuces de Maman travaille (2013)
  • Le Guide de grossesse de Maman travaille (2014)
  • Pas plus de 4 heures de sommeil (2014)
  • J’arrête de m’épuiser, with Cédric Bruguière, (2015)
  • La Seule Chose à briser, c'est le silence (2015)
  • Plafond de mère, with Cédric Bruguière, (2016)
  • Marianne est déchaînée (2016)
  • Lettres à mon utérus (2016)
  • Ensemble contre la gynophobie (2016)
  • Femmes de candidats (2017)
  • Où sont les violeurs ? Essai sur la culture du viol (2017)
  • Les Lendemains avaient un goût de miel (2017)
  • La Culture du viol (2018)
  • Le Deuxième sexe de la démocratie (2018)
  • Si souvent éloignée de vous : lettres à mes filles (2018)
  • Une et indivisible : L'Urgence de défendre la République (2019)
  • Entre toutes les femmes : Onze rencontres exceptionnelles (2020)
  • Les Droits des femmes face aux violences (2020)

Personal life[edit]

Marlène Schiappa grew up in a multiracial council estate north of Paris,[4] she is the daughter of Jean-Marc Schiappa, an historian of Corsican descent and Catherine Marchi, a Vice-principal in Dijon.[18] Marlène Schiappa has two sisters. After a short marriage in 2001, she married Cédric Bruguière in 2006, they have two daughters together.[19] She has a brown belt in judo.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marlène Schiappa". (in French). 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Marlene SCHIAPPA BRUGUIERE". Copains d'avant (in French). 13 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Découvrez les diplômes des ministres du gouvernement Édouard Philippe". Le Figaro Etudiant (in French). 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Marsh, Stefanie (24 June 2017). "'€5,000 would be a deterrent': the French minister who wants sexual harassment fines". the Guardian.
  5. ^ a b c Match, Paris (8 March 2018). "Marlène Schiappa et Cédric Bruguière: l'amour en toute égalité". (in French).
  6. ^ "Décret du 24 novembre 2017 relatif à la composition du Gouvernement". Légifrance1 (in French).
  7. ^ Richard Lough (2 August 2018) France outlaws lewd cat-calls to women in public amid attack uproar Reuters.
  8. ^ Emmanuel Jarry and Brian Love (25 September 2018) Man who slapped woman's bottom gets first fine under new French 'cat-call' law Reuters.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Pineau (30 November 2018) Overturning Napoleon-era rights, France bans smacking kids Reuters.
  10. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (16 March 2018) Agent provocateur: Marlène Schiappa wages France's gender war Financial Times.
  11. ^ Victor Mallet (23 August 2019), France launches inquiry into Epstein affair Financial Times.
  12. ^ Aurelien Breeden (23 August 2019), Paris Prosecutor Opens Investigation in Jeffrey Epstein Scandal New York Times.
  13. ^ "TRIBUNE. "Le discours fémonationaliste indigne de Marlène Schiappa"". Le Journal de Dimanche (in French). 14 July 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  14. ^ Conge, Paul (20 July 2020). "Expulsion des étrangers coupables de violences sexuelles : qu'a réellement "obtenu" Marlène Schiappa ?". Marianne (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Décret du 26 juillet 2020 relatif à la composition du Gouvernement". Légifrance (in French).
  16. ^ Willsher, Kim (15 September 2020). "Foreign Covid workers in France to be fast-tracked for nationality". the Guardian.
  17. ^ "Marlène Schiappa on her erotic books: "We speak about it behind my back"". Teller Report. 4 October 2020.
  18. ^ Passelac, Anouk (8 March 2018). "La mère de Marlène Schiappa, proviseure adjointe à Dijon, organise la Journée des droits des femmes". France 3 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (in French).
  19. ^ Match, Paris (9 December 2020). "Marlène Schiappa, femme d'Intérieur". (in French).