Nathalie Loiseau

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Nathalie Loiseau
Nathalie Loiseau (2016).jpg
Minister for European Affairs
In office
21 June 2017 – 27 March 2019
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byMarielle de Sarnez
Director of the École nationale d'administration
In office
3 October 2012 – 21 June 2017
Preceded byBernard Boucault
Succeeded byPatrick Gérard
Personal details
Born (1964-06-01) 1 June 1964 (age 54)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
NationalityFrench
Alma materSciences Po
Inalco
Twitter@NathalieLoiseau

Nathalie Loiseau (born 1 June 1964) is a French politician, diplomat and academic administrator. She served as director of the École nationale d'administration (ENA) from 2012 to 2017 and as the French Minister for European Affairs from 21 June 2017 to 27 March 2019. She is the top candidate of the La République En Marche electoral list in the 2019 European elections.[1]

Early life[edit]

Nathalie Loiseau was born on 1 June 1964 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.[2][3][4] Her father was a corporate consultant in mergers and acquisitions.[2]

Loiseau graduated from Sciences Po in 1983.[2][4] She also studied Chinese language at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales.[5]

Career[edit]

Nathalie Loiseau with Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra, 2017

Loiseau joined the French foreign service in 1986.[2][3] She served as a diplomat in Indonesia from 1990 to 1992.[3] She was an advisor to Foreign Minister Alain Juppé from 1993 to 1995.[2][3] She later served diplomatic missions in Dakar, Senegal and Rabat, Morocco.[4] She served as the Communications Director at the Embassy of France, Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2007.[2][4] She was the head of Human Resources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2011, and as its chief of staff from 2011 to 2012.[2][3]

Loiseau was the director of the École nationale d'administration (ENA) between 2012 and 2017.[4] On 21 June 2017, she succeeded Marielle de Sarnez as the French Minister for European Affairs.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Loiseau is married and has four children.[2][4] She is a Roman Catholic, and a feminist.[2]

In March 2019, Loiseau posted a joke to her private Facebook page about owning a cat which she had named 'Brexit', saying that "He wakes me up every morning meowing to death because he wants to go out, and then when I open the door he stays put, undecided, and then glares at me when I put him out."[7] The quote was reprinted by Le Journal du Dimanche[8] and in response to the widespread international media coverage Loiseau clarified that she does not own a cat, and her comments were intended as a joke.[9]

Works[edit]

  • Loiseau, Nathalie (2014). Choisissez tout. Paris: JC Lattès. ISBN 9782709644846. OCLC 892945168.
  • Loiseau, Nathalie (2017). La démocratie en BD. Paris: Casterman. ISBN 9782203132337.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remaniement : Loiseau, Mahjoubi et Griveaux quittent le gouvernement". Le Parisien. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nivelle, Pascale (25 November 2012). "Nathalie Loiseau. Femme d'Etat". Libération. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Peiron, Denis (13 March 2015). "À la tête de l'ENA, Nathalie Loiseau bouscule les conformismes". La Croix. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Kauffmann, Sylvie (8 September 2015). "Nathalie Loiseau, directrice de l'ENA, choisit carrière et vie privée". Le Monde. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  5. ^ Actimage (5 October 2012). "Mme Nathalie LOISEAU, ministre plénipotentiaire, est nommée directrice de l'École nationale d'administration" (in French). Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ Paolini, Esther (21 June 2017). "Nathalie Loiseau, de l'ENA aux Affaires européennes". Le Figaro. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ "France's EU minister names her cat 'Brexit' because 'he meows loudly to be let out but won't go through the door'". The Independent. 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ JDD, Le (16 March 2019). "Nathalie Loiseau sur l'annonce de sa candidature aux européennes : "Je n'ai rien calculé"". lejdd.fr (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  9. ^ "No, sadly a French minister didn't call her cat 'Brexit'". France 24. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.