Sylvain Garel

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Sylvain Garel was born in 1957, in the 18th district of Paris. He has two PhD's, one in Contemporary History and one In Film History.[1]

He entered politics at the age of 17, in the Green Party,[2] campaigning for René Dumont[3] who was the first French ecologist to run for Presidency.

He was trained as a teacher, he is a historian and film critic.[4] Garel founded the festival for Cinema of Quebec in France,[5][6] which he presided six years long.[7] He also attends the Cannes Festival every year in his capacity as the vice-president of the French Trade Union for Cinema Critics.[8]

An ardent anti-fascist, Garel cofounded "Ras l'Front", a French network fighting racialism and white supremacism.[9]

Sylvain Garel is a Paris city councillor of Europe Écologie–The Greens, former co-President of the Greens, who tried unsuccessfully to snatch the 2008 Olympic torch from African-European athlete Stephane Diagana's hands. On 29 January 2009, at a reception for the Chinese New Year at the Paris city hall, he submitted a memorandum requesting the release of Tibetan political prisoners.[10]

One of his political goal is to have the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X evicted from the Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet church in Paris. In 2002, he made the Paris municipal council pass a resolution against what he pretends to be an illegal occupation,.[11][12] On the 8th december 2003, with the activist Romain Binazon, he invites 200 illegal migrants to occupy this church during several hours. They had to leave the building after the intervention of the parishioners,.[13][14]

In 2004, Garel opposes municipal subsidies for Jewish cribs, claiming that they discriminates against non-Jewish children.[15]

In 2010, Sylvain Garel, a passionate anti-militarist, calls for a National Day without military parade.[16]

In septembre 2010, Garel opposes an settlement between the City of Paris and its former mayor Jack Chirac, in a corruption scandal.[17] In october 2010, Garel promotes the opening of an experimental drug consumption room in Paris.[18]

In 2011, he publicly expresses a protest against a marble stele, erected in the Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet church to the memory of all victims for their fidelity to French Algeria,.[19][20]

Garel was appointed in 2014 as a project manager for the International relationships of the City of Paris.[21]


  1. ^ GRECO, Bertrand. "Sylvain Garel, tout feu, tout flammes -". (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Les Verts Paris 18 - Sylvain Garel". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  3. ^ GRECO, Bertrand. "Sylvain Garel, tout feu, tout flammes -". (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Sylvain Garel - Le passager clandestin". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Sylvain Garel, spécialiste du cinéma canadien". 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Vous m'en direz des nouvelles ! - Philippe Lioret et Gabriel Arcand, au nom du fils". RFI (in French). 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Sylvain Garel - Festival 48 images seconde". Festival 48 images seconde (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  8. ^ ABK, Atelier. "SFCC : fonctionnement". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  9. ^ "Sylvain Garel, spécialiste du cinéma canadien". 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  10. ^ Tibetans disrupt Chinese New year reception in Paris
  11. ^ Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet : avec foi mais sans loi
  12. ^ Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet divise la majorité municipale
  13. ^ L'église Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet
  14. ^ Les sans-papiers chez les intégristes
  15. ^ "L'affaire des crèches loubavitch à Paris". L'Humanité (in French). 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  16. ^ "Les Verts de Paris proposent un 14 juillet sans défilé militaire". (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  17. ^ Verrier, Matthieu. ""Comme si on condamnait toute une bande, sauf son chef" -". (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  18. ^ "Sylvain Garel, sur les salles de shoot : " La société a changé, l'idéologie anti-drogue vieille de 40 ans n'est plus d'actualité "". Retrieved 2017-04-10.  External link in |work= (help)
  19. ^ Les victimes de l'OAS auront leur stèle au Père-Lachaise
  20. ^ Apposition d’une stèle en hommage aux victimes de l’OAS dans le cimetière du Père Lachaise
  21. ^ Maupoil, Tristan Quinault (2014-06-04). "Des ex-élus recasés par Anne Hidalgo à la Ville de Paris". Le Figaro (in French). ISSN 0182-5852. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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