Patrick Kanner

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.[1][2] 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.

Patrick Kanner
Patrick Kanner par Claude Truong-Ngoc septembre 2014.jpg
Senator for Nord
Assumed office
1 October 2017
President of the Socialist group
in the Senate
Assumed office
23 January 2018
Preceded byDidier Guillaume
Minister of the City, Youth 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
In office
31 March 2011 – 22 September 2014
Preceded byBernard Derosier
Succeeded byDidier Manier
Personal details
Born (1957-04-29) 29 April 1957 (age 65)
Lille, France
NationalityFrench
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materLille 2 University of Health and Law

BiographyEdit

Family and youthEdit

Patrick Kanner is the son of Polish Jews who fled Nazism to France. He grew up in Lille and studied at Lille 2 University of Health and Law.

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.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  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 (in French). Retrieved 23 January 2018.