Didier Guillaume

Didier Guillaume (born 11 May 1959) is a French politician who served as Minister of Agriculture and Food in the government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe from 2018 to 2020.[1] A member of the Socialist Party until 2018, he was President of the General Council of Drôme from 2004 to 2015, Senator for Drôme from 2008 to 2018 and president of the Socialist group in the Senate from 2014 to 2018.

Didier Guillaume
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Minister of Agriculture and Food
In office
16 October 2018 – 6 July 2020
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byStéphane Travert
Succeeded byJulien Denormandie
President of the Socialist group
in the Senate
In office
15 April 2014 – 22 January 2018
Preceded byFrançois Rebsamen
Succeeded byPatrick Kanner
Senator for Drôme
In office
1 October 2008 – 16 November 2018
President of the General Council of Drôme
In office
1 April 2004 – 2 April 2015
Preceded byJean Mouton
Succeeded byPatrick Labaune
Mayor of Bourg-de-Péage
In office
19 June 1995 – 1 April 2004
Preceded byHenri Durand
Succeeded byJean-Félix Pupel
Personal details
Born (1959-05-11) 11 May 1959 (age 62)
Bourg-de-Péage, France
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Socialist Party (until 2018)

Early political careerEdit

In 2004, after his election as President of the General Council of Drôme, Guillaume resigned his post as Mayor of Bourg-de-Péage, which he had held since the 1995 municipal election. The town is the chef-lieu of the canton of Bourg-de-Péage, represented by Guillaume in the Drôme General Council from 1998 until 2015.

Senator for DrômeEdit

In 2008, Guillaume was elected to the Senate. He served as First Vice President of the Senate under the leadership of President Jean-Pierre Bel from 2011 to 2014, when he became president of the Socialist group and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, as the right had won a majority at the 2014 election.

After leaving the presidency of the Drôme General Council following the victory of The Republicans at the 2015 departmental election, he was succeeded by Patrick Kanner as group president in the Senate in 2018. Guillaume also worked as Manuel Valls's campaign director in the Socialist Party's primaries for the 2017 presidential election.[2]

Minister of AgricultureEdit

Guillaume served as Minister of Agriculture and Food under Prime Minister Édouard Philippe from 2018 to 2020, succeeding Stéphane Travert. After taking office, he vowed to take his decisions "in independence" from the industry lobbies.[3] He stated he would run for Mayor of Biarritz in 2020 against fellow government member Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, but they both withdrew their candidacies before the election.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulliaume called on unemployed citizens to help the country's farmers in their production process as seasonal foreign workers were absent. 50 000 people responded favourably.[4] He was succeeded by Julien Denormandie and retired from politics.


  1. ^ Harriet Agnew (October 16, 2018), France’s new faces: who to watch in Macron’s revamped cabinet Financial Times.
  2. ^ Primaire à gauche : Valls présente son QG et son état-major de campagne Les Échos, 14 December 2016.
  3. ^ Judith Waintraub, « Le vrai pouvoir des lobbys », Le Figaro Magazine, semaine du 16 novembre 2018, p. 46-54.
  4. ^ Mathieu Laurent, « Des volontaires nombreux pour « l’armée de l’agriculture » », La Croix, 25 March 2020, lire en ligne