Patrick Kanner (French pronunciation: [patʁik ka.ne]; born 29 April 1957) is a French politician serving as president of the Socialist group and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate since 2018. A member of the Socialist Party, he has represented the department of Nord since 2017. Kanner previously served as President of the General Council of Nord from 2011 to 2014 and Minister of the City, Youth and Sports from 2014 to 2017.
|Senator for Nord|
|Assumed office |
1 October 2017
|President of the Socialist group|
in the Senate
|Assumed office |
23 January 2018
|Preceded by||Didier Guillaume|
|Minister of the City, Youth and Sports|
26 August 2014 – 10 May 2017
|Prime Minister||Manuel Valls|
|Preceded by||Najat Vallaud-Belkacem|
|Succeeded by||Laura Flessel|
|President of the General Council of Nord|
31 March 2011 – 22 September 2014
|Preceded by||Bernard Derosier|
|Succeeded by||Didier Manier|
|Born||29 April 1957|
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Lille 2 University of Health and Law|
Family and youthEdit
Early political careerEdit
Kanner was elected to the municipal council of Lille in 1989. He became Mayor Pierre Mauroy's youngest adjoint the same year, a position he kept when Martine Aubry assumed the mayorship in 2001. In 1998, he was also elected to the General Council of Nord.
Ministership under François HollandeEdit
Elected to the presidency of the Nord General Council in 2011, Kanner became Minister of the City, Youth and Sports in the Second Valls government, succeeding Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. He remained in office in the Cazeneuve government.
Senator for NordEdit
In 2017, Kanner was elected to the Senate. Following the announced 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.
- "Patrick Kanner". Government of France. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- 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.
- Tristan Quinault-Maupoil (23 January 2018). "Patrick Kanner élu président du groupe PS au Sénat". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 23 January 2018.