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Ségolène Royal
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Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
In office
2 April 2014 – 10 May 2017
Prime Minister Manuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded by Philippe Martin
Succeeded by Nicolas Hulot (Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition)
President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes
In office
30 March 2004 – 21 April 2014
Preceded by Élisabeth Morin
Succeeded by Jean-François Macaire
Minister delegate for Families, Children and People with Disabilities
In office
20 March 2000 – 6 May 2002
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Martine Aubry
Succeeded by Jean-François Mattei
Minister delegate for School Teaching
In office
4 June 1997 – 27 March 2000
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Françoise Hostalier (Secretary of State for School Teaching)
Succeeded by Xavier Darcos (Minister of Labour, Social Relations, Families, Solidarity and the Cities)
Minister of the Environment
In office
2 April 1992 – 29 March 1993
Prime Minister Pierre Bérégovoy
Preceded by Brice Lalonde
Succeeded by Michel Barnier
Member of the National Assembly
for Deux-Sèvres's 2nd constituency
In office
19 June 2002 – 19 June 2007
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Marché
Succeeded by Delphine Batho
In office
2 April 1993 – 4 July 1997
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Marché
Succeeded by Jean-Pierre Marché
In office
23 June 1988 – 2 May 1992
Preceded by Constituency re-established
Succeeded by Jean-Pierre Marché
Member of the
Deux-Sèvres General Council
for La Mothe-Saint-Héray
In office
2 April 1992 – 27 March 1998
Preceded by Pierre Thomas
Succeeded by Jean-Pierre Griffault
Personal details
Marie-Ségolène Royal

(1953-09-22) 22 September 1953 (age 68)
Dakar, French West Africa
(present-day Senegal)
Political party Socialist Party
Domestic partner François Hollande (1978–2007)
Children 4
Alma mater Nancy 2 University
Sciences Po
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Ségolène Royal (right) at a 6 February 2007 meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn (left) and Bertrand Delanoë (center)
Royal with Réunionese politician Paul Vergès in 2006

Ségolène Royal (born 22 September 1953), is a French politician and former Socialist Party candidate for President of the French Republic.

She was President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council from 2004 to 2014. She won the 2006 Socialist Party primary, becoming the first woman in France to be nominated as a presidential candidate by a major party. In the subsequent 2007 presidential election, she earned further distinction as the first woman to qualify for the second round of a presidential election, but ultimately lost to Nicolas Sarkozy.

In 2008, Royal narrowly lost to Martine Aubry in the Socialist Party's election for First Secretary at the Party's twenty-second national congress. She lost the Socialist Party presidential primary in 2011, and failed in an attempt to win a seat in the National Assembly in the June 2012 parliamentary elections.

François Hollande, the former President, is the father of her four children. She was appointed by him to the vice-Chair directorship of the Banque Publique d'Investissement (BPI) in 2013. She served as Minister for Ecology from 2014 to 2017, in the Valls, then Cazeneuve cabinets.

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