Jacqueline Gourault

Jacqueline Gourault (French: [ʒa.klin ɡu.ʁo] ; born 20 November 1950) is a French politician of the Democratic Movement (MoDem) who has been serving as Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities in the government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe since 2018.

Jacqueline Gourault
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Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relationships with territorial collectivities
Assumed office
16 October 2018
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byJacques Mézard
Minister attached to the Minister of the Interior
In office
21 June 2017 – 16 October 2018
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Member of the Senate of France for Loir-et-Cher
In office
1 October 2001 – 22 Juillet 2017
Mayor of La Chaussée-Saint-Victor
In office
20 March 1989 – 30 March 2014
Personal details
Jacqueline Doliveux

(1950-11-20) 20 November 1950 (age 69)
Montoire-sur-le-Loir, France
Political partyMoDem

Early life and educationEdit

Born Jacqueline Doliveux, she is the daughter of a livestock dealer in Montoire-sur-le-Loir, Martial, his wife Madeleine working with him. Her husband, Gerard, took over the horse breeding of his father.[1] Professor of history and geography, including high school Sainte-Marie de Blois, she entered politics in 1974, during the campaign Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

Political careerEdit

Jacqueline Gourault at a rally for François Bayrou during the 2007 French presidential election

Mayor of La Chaussée-Saint-VictorEdit

Elected city councilor in 1983, Gourault is mayor of La Chaussée-Saint-Victor from 1989 to 2014.

It was in 1993, during the legislative elections, that Gourault emerged on the departmental political scene by campaigning against Jack Lang, then mayor of Blois. He is reelected with 51.5% of the votes, but it manages to cancel his election by the Constitutional Council, which also condemns him to one year of ineligibility. In the 1994 by-election, the Socialist candidate Michel Fromet, Jack Lang's substitute in 1993, was elected with 59.7% of the vote. In 1997, she returned to the legislative elections and is defeated (46.8%) against Jack Lang.

In March 2014, she was elected city councilor at La Chaussée-Saint-Victor on the list led by Stéphane Baudu.

Member of the Senate of FranceEdit

Gourault led the campaign for Nicolas Perruchot (UDF), who became mayor of the city of Blois, during the municipal elections of 2001. The same year, she was elected, in the first round, member of the Senate of France, representing the Loir-et-Cher department. She is part of the leadership team of the MoDem, officially created on December 1, 2007

She was re-elected Senator in the first round, with 53.25% of the votes, during the senatorial elections of September 2011. In October 2014, Jacqueline Gourault is elected Vice-President of the Senate of France.[2]

Gourault supported Alain Juppé for the Republican presidential primary of 2016 [3] and then supported Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 presidential election.

In September 2017, Gourault was re-elected Senator.[4] She does not exercise this mandate, as of November 2, 2017, since she already holds government positions.

Member of the GovernmentEdit

On 21 June 2017, Gourault was appointed as the Minister attached to the Minister of the Interior.[5]

On 12 December 2017, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe entrusted Gourault with the informal function of monitoring the "Corsican file", following the victory of the nationalists in the territorial elections of 2017.[6] In 2018, Philippe mandated her with the mission of opening the dialogue between the local elected officials of the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin to organize the merger of these two departments.[7]

On October 16, 2018, Gourault was appointed Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relationships with territorial collectivities, succeeding Jacques Mézard.[8]


  1. ^ Eric Hacquemand (29 July 2018). "Jacqueline Gourault: "The horse, a family tradition"" (in French). Paris Match. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Jacqueline Gourault Vice-President of the Senate" (in French). France 3. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ Ludovic Vigogne (20 April 2016). "Primary on the right: the list of the first parliamentary supporters" (in French). L'Opinion. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  4. ^ Alexandre Boudet (24 September 2017). "2017 Senate results: the only minister in the running re-elected in the first round" (in French). Le HuffPost. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Revision: Jacqueline Gourault, a close friend of François Bayrou appointed to the Ministry of the Interior" (in French). Le Figaro. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  6. ^ Patrick Roger (12 December 2017). "Jacqueline Gourault named "Madame Corse" of the government" (in French). Le Monde. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  7. ^ Alexandre Boudet (3 August 2018). "Jacqueline Gourault, the "Madame Corse" of the government becomes the "Madame Alsace"" (in French). Le HuffPost. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ Christine Launay (16 October 2018). "Jacqueline Gourault Named Minister of Territorial Cohesion" (in French). France 3. Retrieved 17 October 2018.