Mounir Mahjoubi

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Mounir Mahjoubi
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Secretary of State for the Digital Sector
Assumed office
17 May 2017
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byChristophe Sirugue
Member of the National Assembly
for Paris's 16th constituency
In office
21 June 2017 – 21 July 2017
Preceded byJean-Christophe Cambadélis
Succeeded byDelphine O
President of the French Digital Council
In office
5 February 2016 – 19 January 2017
Preceded byBenoît Thieulin
Succeeded byMarie Ekeland
Personal details
Born (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 34)
Paris, France
Political partyLa République En Marche!
Alma materSciences Po

Mounir Mahjoubi (born 1 March 1984) is a French politician and entrepreneur serving as the Secretary of State for Digital Affairs in the Second Philippe government since June 2017.[1] He previously held the position in the First Philippe government, starting May 2017. A former President of the French Digital Council until his resignation in January 2017 to join the presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron, he also served as a member of the National Assembly from June to July 2017.[2] Mahjoubi worked as digital manager of Macron's campaign team and has been a member of La République En Marche! since January 2017.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mounir Mahjoubi was born in the 12th arrondissement of Paris to working class Moroccan parents[4] who emigrated in the 1970s from Afourar, Beni Mellal. His father was a decorator and his mother a housekeeper.[5]

Mahjoubi was very technological as a child and even won an Young Inventors competition organized by children's science magazine, Science et Vie Junior[6] He was employed by internet provider, Club Internet when he was 16 and the company eventually training him to be a network technician.[7] He was also employed as a trade union representative for the union, CFDT.[8]

Mahjoubi obtained a master's degree in finance and strategy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2009.[9] He was a member of the Olivaint Conference, one of the oldest and private student societies in French history.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Mahjoubi founded Equanum along with Guilhem Chéron and Marc-David Choukroun in 2010, a company which develops and gives farmers and artisans a dedicated Internet platform to sell their product. Mahjoubi left the company in 2012 to work on the Hollande campaign.[11]

Mahjoubi was Deputy General Manager for BETC Digital from 2013 to 2016.[12] In September 2016, he founded the "French Bureau", a start-up company that aims to accompany major groups in their innovation process.[13]


Mahjoubi joined the Socialist Party when he was 18.[14] In 2006, he helped create the "Segosphere" movement to assist 2007 Presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal.[15] He supported Francois Hollande's campaign and even worked on it, assisting with the digital aspect.[16]

Mahjoubi was nominated by François Hollande as Chairman of the Conseil national du numérique in 2016, succeeding Benoît Thieulin. The priority projects of the council under his guidance were the digital transformation of Small and medium-sized enterprises and universities.[17] He later resigned from the council and joined En Marche! serving as digital manager of Macron's campaign team.[18][19]

On 6 April 2017, Mahjoubi was selected as candidate for the 16th constituency of Paris for the legislative elections, running under La République en marche! label.[20][21] He ran against Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the First Secretary of the Socialist Party. Mahjoubi later won the seat with 51% of the vote in the second round.[22]

Mahjoubi was nominated Secretary of State for Digital Affairs by Édouard Philippe on 17 May 2017.[23] In a 2018 reshuffle of Philippe's government, Mahjoubi's department has been restructured; he now reports to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Mahjoubi became a qualified cook after completing a Certificat d'aptitude professionnelle cuisine course.[25]. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May) 2018, Mahjoubi came out as gay via Twitter.[26]


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  2. ^ Décret du 8 février 2016 portant nomination au Conseil national du numérique, retrieved 2017-08-15
  3. ^ l'Intérieur, Ministère de. "Résultats des élections législatives 2017". (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  4. ^ "Mounir Mahjoubi, l'homme providentiel à la tête du Conseil national du numérique en France –". (in French). 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  5. ^ Laabi, Mohamed (2017-05-17). "3 choses à savoir sur Mounir Mahjoubi, le Marocain du gouvernement Macron - H24info". H24info (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  6. ^ Junior, Science & Vie (2017-05-19). "En 1997, @Mounir Mahjoubi, le nouveau secrétaire d'État au numérique, remportait notre concours Innovez grâce à sa règle à camembert :-)". @LeLaboSVJ. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  7. ^ "Qui est Mounir Mahjoubi, le nouveau secrétaire d'Etat au numérique ?". L'Obs (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  8. ^ "Grève chez Club Internet : la CFDT s'accorde avec la direction |". (in French). 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  9. ^ Po, Alumni Sciences. "l'Association des Sciences-Po - Fiche profil". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  10. ^ "Photos de la soirée " Play t-il? "". La Péniche (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
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  14. ^ "Mounir Mahjoubi, un geek d'origine marocaine à la tête du Conseil du numérique français". Al Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  15. ^ "" Je rêve que la France soit réconciliée avec ses entreprises "". 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  16. ^ "" Je rêve que la France soit réconciliée avec ses entreprises "". 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  17. ^ "Le nouveau Conseil national du numérique fixe ses priorités". 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
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  19. ^ "Le président du CNNum quitte ses fonctions pour les beaux yeux d'Emmanuel Macron". ZDNet France (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  20. ^ Ronfaut, Lucie (2017-05-11). "Mounir Mahjoubi, un spécialiste du numérique nommé au gouvernement". Le Figaro (in French). ISSN 0182-5852. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  21. ^ "Les premiers candidats de la révolution démocratique | En Marche !". En Marche !. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  22. ^ l'Intérieur, Ministère de. "Résultats des élections législatives 2017". (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  23. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (2017-06-13). "Mounir Mahjoubi, the 'geek' who saved Macron's campaign: 'We knew we were going to be attacked'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  24. ^ Zachary Young (August 24, 2018), Paris prosecutor launches probe into French culture minister Politico Europe.
  25. ^ "Resultat CAP 2015 Paris / Versailles / Créteil lettre M page 3 pour le certificat d'aptitude professionnelle CAP. Résultats gratuits et sans inscription -". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  26. ^ "French minister comes out as gay to fight homophobia". Retrieved 2018-05-18.