Marielle de Sarnez

Marielle de Sarnez (French: [ma.ʁjɛl də saʁ.nɛz] ; born 27 March 1951 in Paris) is a French politician of the Democratic Movement (MoDem) who currently represents the Paris 11th in the National Assembly. She served as Minister for European Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe from May to June 2017.

Marielle de Sarnez
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Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
21 June 2017
ConstituencyParis's 11th constituency
Minister in charge of European Affairs
In office
17 May 2017 – 19 June 2017
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byHarlem Désir
Succeeded byNathalie Loiseau
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 1999 – 17 May 2017
Personal details
Born (1951-03-27) 27 March 1951 (age 69)
Paris, France
Political partyMoDem


Career in national politicsEdit

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–2017Edit

De Sarnez was first elected Member of the European Parliament for the Île-de-France in 2014. A member of the MoDem, she served as vice-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education.

De Sarnez was also substitute for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the delegation for relations with South Africa and a substitute for the delegation to the EUChile Joint Parliamentary Committee. In 2016, she served as the parliament’s rapporteur on a plan to lend Tunisia €500 million on favourable terms to help it reduce its external debt and consolidate its democratic mechanisms.[1]

In addition to her committee assignments, de Sarnez was a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights.[2]

On the national level, de Sarnez served as campaign director for François Bayrou's unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign.[3] In the Republicans’ 2016 presidential primaries, she endorsed Alain Juppé as the party's candidate for the office of President of France.[4]

Career in government and resignationEdit

Le Canard enchaîné published information that de Sarnez had been paid for work she had not actually done, embroiling François Bayrou in a fictitious jobs scandal.[5] Bayrou resigned several days later, just before the 2017 legislative election, with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announcing that Bayrou would not be a part of the government.[6][7]

On 21 June 2017, de Sarnez was succeeded as the French Minister for European Affairs by Nathalie Loiseau.[8]

Member of the French Parliament, 2017–presentEdit

De Sarnez won a parliamentary seat in Paris in the 2017 legislative elections.[9]

Since 2017, de Sarnez has been chairing the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the National Assembly. On 31 May 2019, she led a delegation of the committee on a visit to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the Syrian Democratic Council in Ayn Issa.[10]


  1. ^ MEPs approve €500m in fresh EU loans to Tunisia European Parliament, press release of June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
  3. ^ Factbox: Ministers in new French government Reuters, May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Ludovic Vigogne (April 20, 2016), Bataillons: Primaire à droite: la liste des premiers soutiens parlementaires L'Opinion.
  5. ^ "L'ex-secrétaire de François Bayrou citée dans l'affaire MoDem". Marianne (in French). 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  6. ^ Boichot, Loris (2017-06-21). "François Bayrou et Marielle de Sarnez quittent le gouvernement". Le Figaro (in French). ISSN 0182-5852. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  7. ^ "DIRECT. La ministre des Affaires européennes, Marielle de Sarnez, quitte le gouvernement, dans la foulée du départ de François Bayrou". Franceinfo (in French). 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  8. ^ Paolini, Esther (21 June 2017). "Nathalie Loiseau, de l'ENA aux Affaires européennes". Le Figaro. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  9. ^ Express. "Résultats des élections législatives 2017 Paris - 11ème circonscription". Retrieved 18 Feb 2019.
  10. ^ "French delegation reveals its purpose to visit AA's areas". Hawar News Agency. 1 June 2019.

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