Vincent Peillon

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Vincent Peillon
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Vincent Peillon in 2005
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency South-East France
French Minister of National Education
In office
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded by Luc Chatel
Succeeded by Benoît Hamon
Personal details
Born (1960-07-07) 7 July 1960 (age 55)
Suresnes, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Vincent Benoît Camille Peillon (French pronunciation: ​[vɛ̃.sɑ̃ pɛ.jɔ̃] ; born 7 July 1960 in Suresnes) was Minister for Education in the French Government. He is a longstanding French politician and since 2004 has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West France (allied with the Socialist Party and the Party of European Socialists).


After a degree in Philosophy at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (class of 1980), Peillon became a high school teacher (junior teaching qualification in 1984 and senior teaching qualification in 1986). He remained a teacher until 1992. He worked one year at Henri Emmanuelli staff at the Assemblée nationale and resumed his teaching between 1993 and 1997. Peillon completed graduate studies at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, graduating with a PhD in Philosophy in 1992. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique between 2002 and 2004, working on ante-marxist socialism.

  • Secretary of the Socialist Party's group of experts (1993–94)
  • Seconded to the First Secretary of the Socialist Party (1995–97)
  • National research secretary of the Socialist Party (1997–2000)
  • Socialist Party national spokesman (2000–02)
  • Member of the Socialist Party national bureau (since 1994)
  • Member of the National Assembly (1997–2002)
  • Chairman of the National Assembly's inquiry into money laundering (1999–2002)
  • Minister of National Education (2012-2014)

Minister of Education[edit]

After the election of François Hollande, Vincent Peillon was appointed Minister of Education on May 16, 2012. The day after his nomination, he announced the end of the four-day week in primary education (introduced in 2008) for September 2013, and then the return to a five-day week. He also promised to recruit 40 000 new teachers in 2013.[1] His was the ministry responsible in 2013 for the introduction of the theorie du genre (gender theory) into primary and secondary schools.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luc Chatel
Minister of National Education
Succeeded by
Benoît Hamon