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Michèle Alliot-Marie

Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (5277700729) (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
In office
1 July 1989 – 22 May 1992
Constituency East France
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
In office
14 November 2010 – 27 February 2011
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Bernard Kouchner
Succeeded by Alain Juppé
Minister of Justice
In office
23 June 2009 – 13 November 2010
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Rachida Dati
Succeeded by Michel Mercier
Minister of the Interior
In office
18 May 2007 – 23 June 2009
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by François Baroin
Succeeded by Brice Hortefeux
Minister of Defence
In office
7 May 2002 – 18 May 2007
Prime Minister
Preceded by Alain Richard
Succeeded by Hervé Morin
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
29 March 1993 – 18 May 1995
Prime Minister Édouard Balladur
Preceded by Frédérique Bredin
Succeeded by Guy Drut
Member of the National Assembly
for Pyrénées-Atlantiques's 6th constituency
In office
16 March 1986 – 1 May 1993
Succeeded by Daniel Poulou
In office
17 September 1995 – 18 June 2002
Preceded by Daniel Poulou
Succeeded by Daniel Poulou
Personal details
Born
Michèle Jeanne Honorine Alliot-Marie

10 September 1946 (1946-09-10) (age 75)
Villeneuve-le-Roi, France
Political party  French
The Republicans
 EU
European People's Party
Other political
affiliations
Rally for the Republic (RPR) (before 2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) (2002–2015)
Domestic partner Patrick Ollier
Children 3
Alma mater
  • Panthéon-Assas University
  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Michèle Yvette Marie-Thérèse Jeanne Honorine Alliot-Marie ( born 10 September 1946), known in France as MAM, is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France. She is a member of the Republicans, part of the European People's Party. A member of all right-wing governments formed in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, she was the first woman in France to hold the portfolios of Defense (2002–2007), the Interior (2007–2009) and Foreign Affairs (2010–2011); she has also been in charge of Youth and Sports (1993–1995) and Justice (2009–2010), and was granted the honorary rank of Minister of State in her last two offices.

She resigned from government in 2011 due to her position during the Tunisian Revolution; one year later, in the 2012 French legislative elections, she lost her seat as Deputy (MP) for the 6th Constituency of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. She became a member of the European Parliament in 2014. She remains Deputy Mayor of Saint-Jean-de-Luz as well as Vice President of the National Council of The Republicans.

Alliot-Marie was the last President of the Rally for the Republic (1999–2002), an incarnation of the Gaullist party, and was the first woman to chair a major French political party. She has remained a leading Gaullist after the RPR merged into the UMP and was seen as a rival to Nicolas Sarkozy before and after his election as president in 2007, although direct confrontation was always avoided.

Alliot-Marie is a law and political science scholar. Her companion is Patrick Ollier, Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament in the Fillon II government; both were ministers simultaneously for a few months in 2010–2011, the first time a couple ever sat in a French government.

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