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Jean-Marie Bockel (born 22 June 1950) was Secretary of State for Defence and Veterans in the government of Prime Minister François Fillon appointed on 18 March 2008, having previously been Secretary of State for Cooperation and La Francophonie since June 2007. He has been a member of the French National Assembly since 1981, when he stood as a Socialist Party candidate, and was Minister for Commerce in the Socialist Party government of Laurent Fabius between 1984 and 1986.
|Member of the French Senate
14 December 2010
|State Secretary of Justice|
23 June 2009 – 13 November 2010
|Prime Minister||François Fillon|
|Mayor of Mulhouse|
22 June 1950 |
|Political party||Gauche Moderne|
Bockel (commonly referred to as "JMB" in France) was born in Strasbourg. He is a lawyer and has been mayor of Mulhouse since 1989. On the right wing of the Socialist Party, he declared himself to be an admirer and strong supporter of the policies of Tony Blair.
In November 2007 he announced the formation of a new centre-left political party, Modern Left (Gauche Moderne), following his resignation from the Socialist Party when joining the Sarkozy administration, and used this party as a vehicle to campaign in the municipal elections of 2008 for a fourth term as mayor.
Secretary of State for Prisons and Prison Reform : 2009–2010.
Secretary of State for Defense and Veterans : 2008–2009.
Secretary of State for Cooperation and Francophony : 2007–2008.
Minister of Commerce, Handicrafts and Tourism : February–March 1986.
State Secretary to the Minister of Commerce, Handicrafts and Tourism : 1984–1986.
National Assembly of France
Senate of France
Senator of Haut-Rhin : 2004–2007 (Became secretary of State in 2007). Elected in 2004. Reelected in 2008, but he stays minister.
General councillor of Haut-Rhin : 1982–1989 (Resignation) / 1994–1997 (Resignation). Reelected in 1988, 1994.
Mayor of Mulhouse : 1989–2010 (Resignation). Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.
Municipal councillor of Mulhouse : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.
Agglomeration community Council
President of the Agglomeration community of Mulhouse Sud Alsace : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
Member of the Agglomeration community of Mulhouse Sud Alsace : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
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