Michel Sapin

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Michel Sapin
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Minister of Finance
Assumed office
2 April 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Preceded by Pierre Moscovici
In office
2 April 1992 – 29 March 1993
President François Mitterrand
Prime Minister Pierre Bérégovoy
Preceded by Pierre Bérégovoy
Succeeded by Edmond Alphandéry
Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Dialogue
In office
16 May 2012 – 2 April 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded by Xavier Bertrand
Succeeded by François Rebsamen
Minister of the Civil Service
In office
28 March 2000 – 7 May 2002
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Émile Zuccarelli
Succeeded by Jean-Paul Delevoye
Personal details
Born (1952-04-09) 9 April 1952 (age 64)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Paris-Sorbonne University
École Normale Supérieure
Sciences Po
École nationale d'administration

Michel Sapin (French pronunciation: ​[mi.ʃɛl sa.pɛ̃] ; born 9 April 1952) is a French politician who has served in the government of France as Minister of Finance since 2014. He previously served as Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1993, and he was Minister of the Civil Service from 2000 to 2002 and Minister of Labour from 2012 to 2014. Sapin, a Socialist, has also served as a member of the National Assembly of France.[1]

After President François Hollande took office, Sapin became the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs in the government headed by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on 16 May 2012.[2] Two years later, he was moved to the post of Minister of Finance under Ayrault's successor, Manuel Valls.


Michel Sapin was born on 9 April 1952 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France.[1][3] He attended the Lycée Henri IV, followed by Paris-Sorbonne University, where he received a B.A. in History and an MPhil in Geography.[3] He then attended the École Normale Supérieure, the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and the École nationale d'administration.[3] He became an administrative law judge.

From 1989 to 1994, he served as councillor for Nanterre.[3] From 1995 to 2001, he was the Mayor of Argenton-sur-Creuse.[3] He has served again as such since 2002.[1] He served as Deputy Minister of Justice from May 1991 to April 1992, Finance Minister from April 1992 to March 1993, and Minister of Civil Servants and State Reforms from March 2000 to May 2002.[1]


  • L'État en mouvement (2002)


Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre Bérégovoy
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Edmond Alphandéry
Preceded by
Émile Zuccarelli
Minister of the Civil Service
Succeeded by
Jean-Paul Delevoye
Preceded by
Xavier Bertrand
Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Dialogue
Succeeded by
François Rebsamen
Preceded by
Pierre Moscovici
Minister of Finance