Valérie Pécresse

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Valérie Pécresse
Valérie Pécresse Cannes 2016.jpg
President of the Regional Council
of Île-de-France
Assumed office
18 December 2015
Preceded by Jean-Paul Huchon
Minister of the Budget
In office
29 June 2011 – 10 May 2012
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by François Baroin
Succeeded by Jérôme Cahuzac
Government Spokesperson
In office
29 June 2011 – 15 May 2012
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by François Baroin
Succeeded by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Minister of Higher Education
In office
18 May 2007 – 29 June 2011
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by François Goulard
Succeeded by Laurent Wauquiez
Member of the National Assembly
for Yvelines's 2nd constituency
In office
20 June 2012 – 20 January 2016
Preceded by Yves Vandewalle
Succeeded by Pascal Thévenot
In office
19 June 2002 – 19 July 2007
Preceded by Franck Borotra
Succeeded by Yves Vandewalle
Personal details
Born Valérie Roux
(1967-07-14) 14 July 1967 (age 50)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Political party The Republicans (previously Union for a Popular Movement)
Spouse(s) Jérôme Pécresse (m. 1994)
Children 3
Alma mater HEC Paris
École nationale d'administration

Valérie Pécresse (French pronunciation: ​[valeʁi pekʁɛs]; born 14 July 1967) is a French politician. She has been deputy of the Yvelines since 16 May 2002, Minister for Higher Education and Research from 18 May 2007 to June 2011 and Minister of the Budget from then until May 2012. She was also the Government's spokeswoman.


Pécresse is the daughter of Dominique Roux (CEO of Bolloré telecom since January 2007).

Pécresse has degrees from HEC Paris and ÉNA.[1] She was an auditor of the Conseil d'État until 1998, when she was designated Counselor of the President of the French Republic. She speaks French, English, Russian and Japanese.[2]

In June 2002, she was elected deputy of the Yvelines' second constituency. She was also elected regional counselor of Île-de-France in 2004. Pécresse was a national spokeswoman of the UMP, and spokeswoman of the party in the Yvelines.

On 18 May 2007, she was designated Minister of Higher Education and Research of François Fillon's second cabinet.

There, she has launched many reforms which have caused a great wave of strikes.[citation needed]

In 2009, the Académie de la Carpette anglaise, an organization that opposes the spread of the English language in Francophone countries, gave Pécresse the Prix de la Carpette Anglaise ("English Doormat Prize") for having refused to speak French at international meetings in Brussels, Belgium; Pécresse had stated that English was the easiest means of communication.[3]

After the defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential election of 2012, Pécresse remains a key member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP in French).

In 2016 Republican presidential primary she endorsed former prime minister Alain Juppe.

Political career[edit]

Governmental function

Government's spokeswoman : 2011-2012.

Ministre of Budget, Public accounts and State reform : 2011-2012.

Minister of Higher Education and Research : 2007-2011.

Electoral mandates

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Yvelines (2nd constituency) : 2002–2007 (Became minister in 2007). Elected in 2002, reelected in 2007.

Regional Council

Regional councillor of Île-de-France : Since 2004. Reelected in 2010.


  1. ^ (in French) Valérie Pécresse, la guerrière
  2. ^ Valérie Pécresse :Et Dieu créa la femme, Le nouvel economiste
  3. ^ Schofiel, Hugh (22 January 2009). "New lingua franca upsets French". BBC News. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Paul Huchon
President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France
Succeeded by
Preceded by
François Goulard
Minister of Higher Education and Research
Succeeded by
Laurent Wauquiez
Preceded by
François Baroin
Minister of the Budget
Succeeded by
Jérôme Cahuzac