Nicole Bricq

Nicole Bricq (French pronunciation: ​[ni.kɔl bʁik]; 10 June 1947 – 6 August 2017) was a member of the Senate of France, representing the Seine-et-Marne department. She received a degree in private law from Montesquieu University in 1970.

Nicole Bricq
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Bricq in 2013
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
In office
16 May 2012 – 21 June 2012
PresidentFrançois Hollande
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded byFrançois Fillon (Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing)
Succeeded byDelphine Batho
Member of the National Assembly
for Seine-et-Marne's 6th constituency
In office
12 June 1997 – 16 June 2002
Preceded byPierre Quillet
Succeeded byJean-François Copé
Personal details
Born(1947-06-10)10 June 1947
La Rochefoucauld, France
Died6 August 2017(2017-08-06) (aged 70)
Poitiers, France
Political partySocialist Party (1972–2017)
La République En Marche! (2017)
Alma materUniversity of Bordeaux

From 1972 on Bricq was a member of the Socialist Party. On 16 May 2012 she was appointed Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the government of Jean-Marc Ayrault. After the French legislative elections of June 2012, she was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade.[1] She was replaced at the Ministry of Ecology by Delphine Batho. Whereas some members of the government, such as Cécile Duflot, considered this nomination like a promotion, many[according to whom?] felt that it was due to the decision taken by Bricq to stop all drilling contracts signed with Shell in French Guiana, a decision that has been reversed since then.[citation needed]

Bricq was one of the earliest supporters of Emmanuel Macron and his party, La République En Marche!, instead of supporting Socialist Party candidate, Benoît Hamon.[2]

On 6 August 2017, Bricq died in hospital in Poitiers after an accidental fall.[3]


  1. ^ "Composition du Gouvernement". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ Cross, Tony (7 August 2017). "Former French minister, early Macron supporter Nicole Bricq dies in accident". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Nicole Bricq, sénatrice et ancienne ministre de François Hollande, est morte". Le Monde. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

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