Laurent Wauquiez


Laurent Wauquiez
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Laurent Wauquiez in 2021
President of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Assumed office
4 January 2016
Preceded by
President of The Republicans
In office
10 December 2017 – 2 June 2019
Preceded byNicolas Sarkozy
Succeeded byJean Leonetti (interim)
Minister of Higher Education and Research
In office
29 June 2011 – 10 May 2012
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byValérie Pécresse
Succeeded byGeneviève Fioraso
Secretary of State for European Affairs
In office
14 November 2010 – 29 June 2011
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byPierre Lellouche
Succeeded byGeneviève Fioraso
Mayor of Puy-en-Velay
In office
14 March 2008 – 29 January 2016
Preceded byArlette Arnaud-Landau
Succeeded byMichel Chapuis
Government Spokesman
In office
18 June 2007 – 18 March 2008
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byChristine Albanel
Succeeded byLuc Chatel
Member of the National Assembly
for Haute-Loire's 1st constituency
In office
20 June 2012 – 21 June 2017
Preceded byJean-Pierre Marcon
Succeeded byIsabelle Valentin
In office
5 July 2004 – 19 July 2007
Preceded byJacques Barrot
Succeeded byJean-Pierre Marcon
Personal details
Born (1975-04-12) 12 April 1975 (age 46)
Lyon, France
Political partyThe Republicans (since 2015)
Other political
Union for a Popular Movement (2004–2015)
Charlotte Deregnaucourt
(m. 2001)
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure
Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Sciences Po
École nationale d'administration

Laurent Timothée Marie Wauquiez (French pronunciation: ​[lo.ʁɑ̃ ti.mɔ.te ma.ʁi vo.kje]; born 12 April 1975) is a French politician who presided over The Republicans (LR) from 2017 to 2019.

He was the Secretary of State for European Affairs under the Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Alain Juppé; and he was previously Secretary of State for Employment under the Minister of the Economy, Industry and Employment[1] from March 2008 in François Fillon's government. He also was Government Spokesman from June 2007 to March 2008 as Minister of State under the Prime Minister. He was elected as 2nd Vice President of the ORU Fogar at the organisation's General Assembly held in Quito, Ecuador on 16 October 2016.

On 10 December 2017, Wauquiez was elected president of The Republicans by a wide margin.[2] Pundits have described him as moving the party to the right.[3] On 2 June 2019, a week after overseeing the worst result for the right in its history in the European elections with 8.48% of the vote, Wauquiez announced his resignation as president of The Republicans.[4]

Early life and education

Wauquiez graduated from the École normale supérieure and Université Panthéon-Sorbonne with a masters in history and studied public law at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po); he later attended the École nationale d'administration (ÉNA).[5] He worked as professor at Emlyon Business School.[6]

Political career

Wauquiez held several governmental positions over the course of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency. He was named the Secretary of State for Employment in 2008 and also functioned as the government spokesman.[7][8] He later served as Minister of European Affairs and of Higher Education.[7] In 2012, he was re-elected to the National Assembly and became head of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in 2015.[7]

On 10 December 2017, Wauquiez was elected as the president of The Republicans,[9] winning over Maël de Calan and Florence Portelli.[10] During his time in office, he overrode party scepticism to appoint François-Xavier Bellamy to lead the LR list in the European elections. He resigned in June 2019, bowing to pressure to step down after a his party’s weak performance in the elections.[11]

In August 2021, Wauquiez announced his decision not to run as the Republicans’s candidate in the 2022 presidential election.[12][13]

Personal life

Wauquiez is known for wearing a red parka coat.[3]

List of mandates and functions

Governmental functions

Minister of Higher Education and Research: 2011-2012

Minister for European Affairs: 2010-2011

Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, Government Spokesperson: 2007-2008

Secretary of State for Employment: 2008-2010

Electoral mandates

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Haute-Loire's 1st constituency : 2004-2007 (He became secretary of State in 2007) / Since 2012. Elected in 2004 (by-election), reelected in 2007 and 2012.

Regional Council

President of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes : since 2016

Municipal Council

Mayor of Le Puy-en-Velay : 2008-2016 (Resignation). Reelected in 2014.

Municipal councillor of Le Puy-en-Velay : 2008-2016 (Resignation). Reelected in 2014.


  1. ^ "Laurent Wauquiez dénonce "la myopie politique" de Martine Aubry". Les Échos (in French). 13 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  2. ^ Matthieu Goar (10 December 2017). "Laurent Wauquiez prend la tête du parti Les Républicains". Le Monde. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "France's centre-right offers no serious opposition to Emmanuel Macron". The Economist. 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Laurent Wauquiez démissionne de la présidence des Républicains". Le Figaro. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  5. ^, ESR. "Biographie de Laurent Wauquiez - ESR :". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  6. ^ figaro, le. "Laurent Wauquiez va redonner des cours à l'EM Lyon". Le Figaro Etudiant (in French). Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  7. ^ a b c "Laurent Wauquiez: The hardliner leading France's Les Republicains farther right - France 24". France 24. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  8. ^ "Laurent Wauquiez entre au gouvernement comme secrétaire d'Etat à l'Emploi". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  9. ^ Goar, Matthieu (2017-12-10). "Laurent Wauquiez élu président du parti Les Républicains". Le (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  10. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (10 December 2017), France’s Republicains elect former EU affairs minister as leader Financial Times.
  11. ^ Harriet Agnew (2 June 2019), Leader of France’s centre-right party quits after dismal elections Financial Times.
  12. ^ Grégoire Poussielgue (26 August 2021), Présidentielle 2022 : Wauquiez renonce, Ciotti et Barnier se lancent Les Echos.
  13. ^ Victor Mallet (27 August 2021), Michel Barnier makes bid for French presidency Financial Times.

External links

  • Official government profile (in French)
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Higher Education and Research
Succeeded by