Sophie Joissains

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Sophie Joissains
Born 25 October 1969 (1969-10-25) (age 48)
Nationality French
Occupation Politician
Parent(s) Alain Joissains
Maryse Joissains-Masini

Sophie Joissains (born 25 October 1969) is a French politician and a member of the Senate of France.[1][2][3] She represents the Bouches-du-Rhône department and is a member of the Radical Party.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Sophie Joissains was born on 25 October 1969 to Alain Joissains, mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1978 to 1983, and Maryse Joissains-Masini, also mayor since 2001.[1][3][4][5][6] To study the Law, she moved to Paris, then Louvain, and she eventually received a Master of Advanced Studies.[6] She also worked in cinema for Anatole Dauman, and started a career as a criminologist.[2][6]


In 2008, she became the youngest female member of the French Senate.[3][5][7][8][9][10] She also serves as the deputy mayor of Aix-en-Provence.[1][2][10] She has been accused of nepotism.[6]

She supports the HADOPI law.[11] Alongside Claude Domeizel, she has proposed a bank holiday to celebrate laïcité.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is a cancer survivor.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mme Sophie Joissains". Sénat (in French). 
  2. ^ a b c d "JOISSAINS Sophie". Parti Radical (in French). Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Les premiers pas au Sénat de Sophie Joissains". Le Parisien (in French). 28 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Stefanovitch, Yvan (2010). La caste des 500: Enquête sur les princes de la République (in French). JC Lattès. p. 291. ISBN 2709629879. 
  5. ^ a b Brunet, Marion (2 October 2008). "Sophie Joissains, la benjamine du Sénat". Le Point (in French). 
  6. ^ a b c d e Noir, Thierry (26 March 2009). "La relève du clan Joissains". Le Point (in French). 
  7. ^ Catelan, Lorine. "Sophie Jossains répond à nos questions" (PDF) (in French). Université Paul Cézanne. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Duchemin, Raphaëlle (25 September 2008). "Le Sénat, une maison de retraite dorée ?". France Info (in French). Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Un Sénat plus jeune et plus féminin". Le Point (in French). 22 September 2008. 
  10. ^ a b Gouësset, Catherine (15 October 2009). "Les "fils et filles de" en politique". L'Express (in French). 
  11. ^ Kovarik, Patrick (13 May 2009). "Hadopi, c'est adopté". L'Express (in French). Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Les sénateurs veulent une journée nationale de la laïcité le 9 décembre". Le Parisien (in French). 28 January 2011. 

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