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Gérald Darmanin (born 11 October 1982) is a French politician. He has been the Minister of Public Action and Accounts in the Philippe Government since 17 May 2017 [1][2] and has been municipal councillor for the city of Tourcoing since 2017.

Gérald Darmanin
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Minister of Public Action and Accounts
Assumed office
17 May 2017
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byChristian Eckert (Public Accounts)
Annick Girardin (Civil Service)
Member of the National Assembly
for Nord's 10th constituency
In office
20 June 2012 – 27 January 2016
Preceded byChristian Vanneste
Succeeded byVincent Ledoux
Mayor of Tourcoing
In office
4 April 2014 – 9 September 2017
Preceded byMichel-François Delannoy
Succeeded byDidier Droart
Personal details
Born
Gérald Moussa Darmanin

(1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 36)
Valenciennes, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyLa République En Marche! (since 2017)
The Republicans (2015–17)
Union for a Popular Movement (before 2015)
Alma materSciences Po Lille
ProfessionJurist

Early life and careerEdit

Darmanin was born to a working-class family with Algerian and Maltese roots. His father managed a bistro and his mother worked as a cleaner.[3]

Political careerEdit

In 2014, Darmanin ran for election as mayor of Tourcoing and won, establishing himself on the national political scene.[4]

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy brought Darmanin onboard as director of his primary election campaign in 2016.[5]

In May 2017, Darmanin was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron Minister of Public Action and Accounts in the Philippe Government. In this capacity, he supports Bruno Le Maire, the Minister for Economic Affairs.[6] At the time of his appointment, he was one of the youngest members in Philippe’s government.[7]

Soon after taking office, Darmanin announced plans to achieve 4.5 billion euros ($5.13 billion) in savings on the French government’s operational budget in 2017.[8] That year, he managed to bring the country's the budget deficit below the EU-mandated limit of 3 percent of GDP, the first time in a decade for France.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anne Courtel (17 May 2017). "Gouvernement - Gérald Darmanin, progresse toujours et transgresse encore". www.lavoixdunord.fr (in French). La Voix du Nord. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Gérald Darmanin, un espoir de la droite à Bercy - Libération". Liberation.fr. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ Nicholas Vinocur (August 2, 2017), Gérald Darmanin, France’s new (and improved) Sarkozy Politico Europe.
  4. ^ Nicholas Vinocur (August 2, 2017), Gérald Darmanin, France’s new (and improved) Sarkozy Politico Europe.
  5. ^ Nicholas Vinocur (August 2, 2017), Gérald Darmanin, France’s new (and improved) Sarkozy Politico Europe.
  6. ^ Factbox: Ministers in new French government Reuters, May 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Michel Rose (October 16, 2018), Factbox: France's Emmanuel Macron reshuffles government - only one big move Reuters.
  8. ^ Ingrid Melander (July 11, 2017), French state to make 4.5 billion euros in savings this year: paper Reuters.
  9. ^ Michel Rose (October 16, 2018), Factbox: France's Emmanuel Macron reshuffles government - only one big move Reuters.