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Pierre Laurent (politician)

Pierre Laurent (born 1 July 1957) is a French politician and journalist. Ex-director of L'Humanité, and former leader of the French Communist Party (PCF).

Pierre Laurent
Pierre Laurent - Fête de l'Humanité 2013 - 001.jpg
Member of the French Senate for Paris
Assumed office
20 September 2012
Preceded byNicole Borvo Cohen-Seat
Member of the Regional council of Île-de-France
In office
National Secretary of the French Communist Party
In office
Preceded byMarie-George Buffet
Succeeded byFabien Roussel
President of the Party of the European Left
In office
5 December 2010 – 17 December 2016
Preceded byLothar Bisky
Succeeded byGregor Gysi
Personal details
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 62)
Paris, France
Political partyPCF
Alma materPantheon-Sorbonne University


His father, Paul Laurent, was a member of the National Assembly of France for Paris and a high-ranking official of the French Communist Party.

Pierre Laurent joined the Union of Communist Students (UEC) when he was studying economics in Paris. He was National Secretary of UEC from 1982 to 1985. After graduating with a master's degree in Economics, he became a journalist for L'Humanité. At first specialized in economic issues, he became chief editor in 1999, and managing editor in 2000.[1][2]

He became a member of the French Communist Party National Council in 2000 (30th congress). He was the main writer of the 33rd Congress resolution in 2009, which he introduced.[3] He was then nominated "national coordinator" (party's number 2), in charge of leading the party's collegial direction. He therefore resigned from L'Humanité.

In 2010, he led the list for the Left Front (together with Alternative citoyenne, les Alternatifs and others) in Île-de-France for the French regional elections. He received 6.55% of the popular vote.

Laurent was elected National Secretary of the French Communist Party in June 2010, replacing Marie-George Buffet.[4]

Laurent supported Emmanuel Macron in the 2nd round of the 2017 French Presidential Election, opposing Marine Le Pen.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Despite reported financial difficulties, Laurent has collected more than €550,000 in wages within the space of 8 years.[6]


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  2. ^ "TF1 et Lagardère au secoursde L'Huma". L'Obs (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  3. ^ "Wikiwix's cache". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2017-07-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Wikiwix's cache". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  5. ^ "Présidentielle: Pierre Laurent (PC) appelle à voter Emmanuel Macron". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  6. ^ Dormann, Benjamin (2017). Ils ont acheté la presse : Pour comprendre enfin pourquoi elle se tait, étouffe ou encense 3rd Edition. France.

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