Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

The regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (French: conseil régional de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) is the deliberative assembly of the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Marie-Guite Dufay of the Socialist Party (PS) is the current president of the regional council, elected on 4 January 2016, following the regional elections on 6 and 13 December 2015.

Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Conseil régional de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coat of arms of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coat of arms of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Logo of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Logo of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Preceded byRegional council of Burgundy
Regional council of Franche-Comté
New session started
4 January 2016
Marie-Guite Dufay, PS
since 4 January 2016
Current composition of the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Political groups
Majority (51)
  •   Our Region Ahead – The United Left (51)

Opposition (49)

  •   Union of Republicans of the Right and Centre (25)
  •   National Front – Marine Blue Rally (15)
  •   Non-Inscrits (9)
Two-round list proportional representation system with majority bonus
Last election
6 and 13 December 2015
Next election
Meeting place
Seat of the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in Besançon
4 square Castan
CS 51857 – 25031 Besançon cedex


The regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté was created by the act on the delimitation of regions, regional and departmental elections and amending the electoral calendar of 16 January 2015, which went into effect on 1 January 2016 and merged the regional councils of Burgundy and Franche-Comté,[1] consisting of 57 and 43 regional councillors, respectively, into a single body with 100 regional councillors, following regional elections on 6 and 13 December 2015.[2][3]


On 24 June 2016, the members of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional council voted in favor of a proposal by Marie-Guite Dufay, president of the regional council, to designate Dijon as the prefecture of the newly unified region and agreed to select the Hôtel de Région at 4 square Castan in Besançon as the seat of the regional council. The previous seat of the regional council of Burgundy, located at 17 boulevard de la Trémouille in Dijon, became the meeting place of assemblies of the regional council. The plan was approved with 79 votes in favor, 18 votes against, and 3 abstentions.[4][5][6]

Election resultsEdit

2015 regional electionEdit

The current regional council was elected in regional elections on 6 and 13 December 2015, with the list of Marie-Guite Dufay consisting of the Socialist Party (PS), the Radical Party of the Left (PRG), and Cap21 securing an absolute majority of 51 seats.[7][8]

Leader List First round Second round Seats
Votes % Votes % Seats %
Sophie Montel FN 303,143 31.48 376,913 32.44 24 24.00
François Sauvadet UDILR 231,069 24.00 382,216 32.89 25 25.00
Marie-Guite Dufay PSPRGCap21 221,376 22.99 402,916 34.67 51 51.00
Maxime Thiébaut DLF 49,802 5.17
Nathalie Vermorel FG 44,471 4.62
Cécile Prudhomme EELV 37,707 3.92
Christophe Grudler MoDem 31,431 3.26
Julien Gonzalez AEI 20,616 2.14
Claire Rocher LO 14,518 1.51
Charles-Henri Gallois UPR 8,835 0.92
Total 962,968 100.00 1,162,045 100.00 100 100.00
Valid votes 962,968 95.38 1,162,045 95.18
Blank votes 27,341 2.71 28,761 2.36
Null votes 19,252 1.91 30,056 2.46
Turnout 1,009,561 50.56 1,220,862 61.15
Abstentions 987,118 49.44 775,714 38.85
Registered voters 1,996,679 1,996,576
Source: Ministry of the Interior, Le Monde (parties)


Political groupsEdit

The regional council currently consists of three political groups.[9] In March 2017, Jacqueline Ferrari left the socialist group, reducing it to 50 members,[10] before ultimately rejoining it a year later.[11] The ranks of the National Front group in the regional council were also considerably reduced from its original total of 24. Its losses followed internal disputes and the formation of The Patriots by Florian Philippot, close to Sophie Montel, former president of the FN group, who was subsequently replaced by Julien Odoul as group president on 7 September 2017.[12]

Political group Members President Parties
Our Region Ahead – The United Left 51 Jérôme Durain PS, PRG, Cap21, UDE, DVD
Union of Republicans of the Right and Centre 25 François Sauvadet LR, UDI, DVD
National Front – Marine Blue Rally 15 Julien Odoul FN
Non-Inscrits 9 LP



On 4 January 2016, Marie-Guite Dufay of the Socialist Party (PS), who presided over the regional council of Franche-Comté before its merger, was elected president of the regional council. Despite the fact the left held a majority, Dufay was not elected in the first round of the ballot, securing only 49 votes against Sophie Montel with 24 votes and 27 blank votes (the right having decided not to present a candidate), because two members of the Radical Party of the Left (PRG) withheld their support for Dufay in the first round in order to secure vice presidencies.[13] She was subsequently elected with 51 votes in a second ballot.[14]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Marie-Guite Dufay PS 49 49.00 51 51.00
Sophie Montel FN 24 24.00 24 24.00
Votes 100 100.00 100 100.00
Blank and null votes 27 27.00 25 25.00
Valid votes 73 73.00 75 75.00

Vice presidentsEdit

In addition to the president, the executive of the regional council also includes 15 vice presidents, as well as regional councillors serving as advisers on certain policy areas.[15][16]

Number Regional councillor Group Delegate for Department
1st vice president Michel Neugnot PS Finance, human resources, modernization of the administration, transport, travel and intermodal transport Côte-d'Or
2nd vice president Laurence Fluttaz PS Culture and heritage Saône-et-Loire
3rd vice president Eric Houlley PS Territorial cohesion and parks Haute-Saône
4th vice president Frédérique Colas PS Ecological transition and the environment Yonne
5th vice president Patrick Molinoz PS Youth, associative life, laïcité, innovation and digital development of territories Côte-d'Or
6th vice president Maude Clavequin PS Higher education, research and university, and evaluation Territoire de Belfort
7th vice president Jean-Claude Lagrange PS Economic development, new growth and employment Saône-et-Loire
8th vice president Océane Charret-Godard PS Continuing education, economic change, territorial social dialogue and guidance Côte-d'Or
9th vice president Sylvain Mathieu PS Wood, forest and mountain Nièvre
10th vice president Laëtitia Martinez PS Sport, equality and citizenship Saône-et-Loire
11th vice president Patrick Ayache PS European and international action, the planning contract, attractiveness, tourism and export Doubs
12th vice president Sophie Fonquernie PS Agriculture, viticulture and agribusiness Doubs
13th vice president Stéphane Guiguet PS Lycées and apprenticeships Saône-et-Loire
14th vice president Valérie Depierre PS Health and social facilities, disabled people Jura
15th vice president Denis Hameau PS Social and solidarity economy Côte-d'Or


The regional council includes 5 thematic committees responsible for examining files on policy areas and submitting their deliberations to the vote of the 33-member standing committee or a plenary session.[15][16]

Committee President Group Department
Finance, citizenship and evaluation of public policies, European funds, planning contract, human resources, general administration and communication Alain Joyandet LR–UDI Haute-Saône
Economic development for employment, social and solidarity economy, agriculture, wood, forestry, tourism Nathalie Leblanc PS Saône-et-Loire
Apprenticeship and vocational training, health and social, lycées, higher education, research Muriel Verges-Caullet PS Yonne
Development of territories, transport, travel, intermodal transport, ecology, energy, health, digital infrastructure, mountains, parks Jacqueline Ferrari PS Jura
Culture, international relations, sport, youth and associative life, laïcité, fight against discrimination, gender equality Pascale Massicot PS Nièvre


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