Philippe Martin (born 22 November 1953) is a French politician of the Socialist Party (PS) who has been serving as president of the French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) since 2017. Prior this, he served as Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy in the government of Prime Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault from 2013 to 2014.
|Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy|
2 July 2013 – 31 March 2014
|Prime Minister||Jean-Marc Ayrault|
|Preceded by||Delphine Batho|
|Succeeded by||Ségolène Royal|
|Member of the National Assembly|
for Gers's 1st constituency
|Preceded by||Claude Desbons|
|Succeeded by||Franck Montaugé|
|Preceded by||Franck Montaugé|
|Succeeded by||Jean-René Cazeneuve|
|Born||22 November 1953|
La Garenne-Colombes, France
|Political party||Socialist Party|
Martin was a member of the National Assembly from 2002 until 2013, representing Gers's 1st constituency. In parliament, he was a member of the "Socialist, Radical, Citizen and Miscellaneous Left" (SRC) political group and served on the Finance Committee.
During his brief term as minister, Martin put off plans for France’s transition towards less carbon-intensive energy sources until 2014. In 2014, as part of a wider effort to deter poachers and traffickers, Martin publicly destroyed a stock of about three tons of confiscated ivory from the tusks of African elephants, making France the first European country to take such a step. Shortly after, in an effort to protect the citizens of Paris against pollution triggered by an exceptionally warm spring, he ordered a 20 kilometer-hour reduction of the speed limits, made parking free in the city and diverted large trucks from the city.
On 1 July 2012, Martin asked French restaurateurs and wine merchants to stop selling Californian wines in protest against the entry into force of a California law prohibiting the sale of foie gras on grounds of animal welfare.
- "LISTE DÉFINITIVE DES DÉPUTÉS ÉLUS À L'ISSUE DES DEUX TOURS" (in French). National Assembly of France. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Green party threatens to drop support for French government Reuters.
- Maïa de la Baume (February 6, 2014), France: Seized Ivory Destroyed New York Times.
- Inti Landauro (13 March 2014) Early Spring Triggers Pollution Alert in Paris Wall Street Journal.
- French energy minister sacked for speaking out of turn Reuters, July 3, 2013.
- Laure Bretton (January 1, 2017), Philippe Martin : «Benoît Hamon est le candidat de la sociale-écologie» Libération.