Aurélie Filippetti

Aurélie Filippetti (French pronunciation: ​[ɔʁeli filipɛti] ; born 17 June 1973) is a French politician and novelist. She served as French Minister of Culture and Communications from 2012 until 2014, first in the government of Jean-Marc Ayrault and then in the government of Manuel Valls.[1]

Aurélie Filippetti
Aurélie Filippetti, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication.jpg
Member of the National Assembly
for Moselle's 1st constituency
In office
27 September 2014 – 20 June 2017
Preceded byGérard Terrier
Succeeded byBelkhir Belhaddad
French Minister of Culture and Communications
In office
16 May 2012 – 26 August 2014
PresidentFrançois Hollande
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Manuel Valls
Preceded byFrédéric Mitterrand
Succeeded byFleur Pellerin
Personal details
Born (1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 49)
Villerupt, France
Political partyThe Greens (1999–2006)
Socialist Party (2006–2018)
Génération.s (2018–present)
Domestic partner(s)Frédéric de Saint-Sernin
Arnaud Montebourg
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure de lettres et sciences humaines

Early life and careerEdit

Filippetti is of Italian descent and her family originates from Gualdo Tadino, Umbria.[2] She is an alumna of the elite École normale supérieure de Fontenay–Saint-Cloud, she received an agrégation in Classic Literature.

Career as a writerEdit

Filippetti's first novel Les derniers jours de la classe Ouvrière (The Last Days of the Working Class), published by Stock in 2003, has been translated into several languages. In 2003, Filippetti wrote the script for the theatre production Fragments d'humanité.

Political careerEdit

Filippetti was a delegate of the French Greens for the Paris municipality and acted as the technical adviser for the Minister of the Environment, Yves Cochet, from 2001 to 2002.

From 2007 until 2012, Filippetti was a member of the National Assembly of France, representing the Moselle département. In parliament, she served on the Committee on Cultural Affairs (2007-2008), the Committee on Legal Affairs (2008-2010) and the Finance Committee (2010-2012).[3]

On Filippetti's initiative, the National Assembly passed a law in 2013 preventing internet booksellers from offering free delivery to customers, in an attempt to protect the country's struggling bookshops from the growing dominance of US online retailer Amazon.[4] In 2014, Filippetti dismissed Anne Baldassari, the director of the Musée Picasso, after mounting criticism of her management.[5]

Following the resignation of Arnaud Montebourg in protest against Hollande's economic policies, Filippetti and Benoît Hamon also resigned on 25 August 2014.[6][7][8]

Following her resignation, Filippetti returned to parliament, where she served on the Finance Committee from 2014 until 2017.[9] In the vote on the 2015 budget, she was one of 39 socialist deputies who abstained.[10] She lost her parliamentary seat in the 2017 election.

In the Socialist Party's presidential primaries, Filippetti endorsed Montebourg as the party's candidate for that year's presidential elections.[11] When Hamon was chosen instead, she joined his campaign team as spokesperson.

Filippetti was excluded for 18 months after supporting a dissident list, and announced January, 17th 2018 that she left the Socialist Party and joined Génération.s., the political movement of Benoît Hamon, her former colleague in the French Government.

Later in 2018, Filippetti announced her intention to resign from politics.[12]


On 9 November 2004, Filippetti and Xavière Tibéri wrangled after a tense district council meeting. Each of them accused the other one of assault or threats. Tibéri had a head trauma, which she claimed was caused by Filipetti pushing her over; she filed a complaint.[13]

In 2008, Filipetti made headlines when she went public with allegations that former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn had sexually attacked her.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Filippetti was in a relationship with Thomas Piketty. In 2009, she filed a complaint of domestic violence against him; Piketty apologized for his actions and Filippetti quickly dropped the charges.[16]

In September 2014, Filippetti and Arnaud Montebourg sued Paris Match for invasion of privacy for reporting they are romantically involved; the weekly's cover featured a photo of them during a trip to San Francisco.[17][18]

From 2014 to the beginning of 2017, Filippetti had a relationship with Montebourg,[19] with whom she had a daughter, Jeanne, born in September 2015.[20] Her first daughter, Clara, is from a previous relationship.


  • Les Derniers Jours de la Classe ouvrière, Stock, 2003, Réédité en Livre de Poche (ISBN 2253108596)
  • Un homme dans la poche, Stock, 2006

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Aurélie Filippetti to the Minister of Culture in, 17 May 2012
  2. ^ "Candidats des Verts Paris". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ Aurélie Filippetti National Assembly of France.
  4. ^ Hugh Carnegy (October 3, 2013), François Hollande purges government after leftwing revolt Financial Times.
  5. ^ Gareth Harris and Javier Pes (May 14, 2014), Director of Picasso museum dismissed The Art Newspaper.
  6. ^ Le Monde (25.08.2014)
  7. ^ Hugh Carnegy and Adam Thomson (August 25, 2014), François Hollande purges government after leftwing revolt Financial Times.
  8. ^ Mark John and Julien Ponthus (August 26, 2014), Ex-banker replaces rebel minister in French cabinet shake-up Reuters.
  9. ^ Aurélie Filippetti National Assembly of France.
  10. ^ Boni, Marc de (21 October 2014). "Les frondeurs du PS décident de s'abstenir sur le vote du budget 2015". Le Figaro. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  11. ^ L'organigramme de l'équipe de campagne d'Arnaud Montebourg dévoilé Libération, January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Luc Le Vaillant (July 23, 2018), Aurélie Filippetti, le cœur a ses raisons Libération.
  13. ^ Tonino Serafini (November 11, 2004), Soupe aux baffes chez Xavière Tiberi Libération.
  14. ^ Landon Thomas Jr. and Steven Erlanger (May 17, 2011), Atop I.M.F., Contradiction and Energy The New York Times.
  15. ^ Dave Keating (May 18, 2012), An EU-friendly French government? Politico Europe.
  16. ^ Andrew Anthony (February 23, 2020), Thomas Piketty: Why France's 'rock star economist' still wants to squeeze the rich The Guardian.
  17. ^ French ex-ministers sue Paris-Match over love affair reports Radio France Internationale, September 12, 2014.
  18. ^ Marine Pennetier (July 30, 2015), Aurélie Filippetti porte plainte contre Paris Match Reuters.
  19. ^ "Paris Match révèle la liaison entre Aurélie Filippetti et Arnaud Montebourg". 10 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Aurélie Filippetti a accouché d'une petite Jeanne, nous apprend le "JDD"". (in French). 15 September 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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