Patrick Kanner (born 29 April 1957) is a member of the French Senate. He represents the department of Nord, and is a member of the Socialist Party.[1][2] After the retirement of Didier Guillaume, he was elected president of the Socialist group in the Senate with 47 votes, against Laurence Rossignol with 25 votes, on 23 January 2018.[3]

Patrick Kanner
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Member of the French Senate
for Nord
Assumed office
1 October 2017
Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
26 August 2014 – 10 May 2017
Prime MinisterManuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded byNajat Vallaud-Belkacem
Succeeded byLaura Flessel
President of the General Council of Nord
Assumed office
31 March 2011
Preceded byBernard Derosier
Succeeded byDidier Manier
Personal details
Born (1957-04-29) 29 April 1957 (age 62)
Lille, France
Political partySocialist
Alma materLille 2 University of Health and Law


  1. ^ "Patrick Kanner". Government of France. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ D. Bell; B. Criddle (18 November 2014). Exceptional Socialists: The Case of the French Socialist Party. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-137-31868-8.
  3. ^ Tristan Quinault-Maupoil (23 January 2018). "Patrick Kanner élu président du groupe PS au Sénat". Le Figaro. Retrieved 23 January 2018.