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Roselyne Bachelot

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, generally known as Roselyne Bachelot (born 24 December 1946 in Nevers, Nièvre), is a French politician, former Minister of Solidarity and Social Cohesion, and a member of the Union for a Popular Movement, which is part of the European People's Party.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin
Roselyne Bachelot - Narquin.jpg
Minister for Health and Sports
Ministre de la Santé et des Sports
In office
18 May 2007 – 13 November 2010
PresidentNicolas Sarkozy
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byPhilippe Bas
Minister for the Environment
Ministre de l'Écologie et du Développement durable
In office
6 May 2002 – 31 March 2004
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterJean-Pierre Raffarin,
Dominique de Villepin
Preceded byYves Cochet
Succeeded bySerge Lepeltier
Personal details
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin

(1946-12-24) 24 December 1946 (age 72)
Nevers, France
Political partyUMP
Spouse(s)Jacques Bachelot
Alma materUniversity of Angers, France

Early lifeEdit

Roselyne Bachelot was born as Roselyne Narquin on 24 December 1946 in Nevers, France.[1] Her father Jean Narquin, was a résistant and gaullist député, and her mother Yvette Le Dû, a native from Gourin, both dentists. She has a brother, Jean-Yves Narquin, who ran for the European Parliament as a member of the National Front in 2015.[2]

Bachelot received a Doctorate in Pharmacy.[1]


She was the French Minister for Health and Sports until 14 November 2010. Since French ministers cannot be members of Parliament, she has been forced to give up her seat as Member of the European Parliament for the west of France. She used to sit on the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. She also was a substitute on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, a member of the delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a substitute for the delegation for relations with Israel.

She encouraged the National Assembly of France to change the legal age to purchase alcohol in France from 16 to 18; the new law took effect in July 2009.[3][4] In 2009, Roselyne Bachelot ordered 94 million vaccines for the French Government (and an option on 34 million additional vaccines in 2010) to fight against the H1N1 influenza virus. Less than 10% of French population (about 6 million people) had been vaccinated by the end of the winter.

In November 2010, she was appointed Minister of Social Affairs alongside Marie-Anne Montchamp and Claude Greff in the third François Fillon government. She was supposed to reform the public healthcare system for elderly people, but, due to the budgetary restrictions made necessary by the 2008-2012 global recession, she had to abandon any reform project. After the victory of François Hollande at the French presidential election in 2012, she was replaced by Marisol Touraine. She announced that she would support former Prime Minister François Fillon for the Presidency of the Union for a Popular Movement.

She is a long-time supporter of same-sex marriage, and defied her party by speaking on the Assembly floor in favor of passing the PACs in 1999.[5]

Since 2012, she has been a contributor in the French adaptation of The View alongside to former evening news anchor Laurence Ferrari and others.

In March 2016, Bachelot commented on Rafael Nadal's 2012–2013 injury stating: "On sait à peu près que la fameuse blessure de Rafael Nadal qui a entraîné sept mois d’arrêt de compétition est très certainement due à un contrôle positif."[6][7] In response Nadal sued Bachelot over her comments in April 2016.[8] The case was won by Nadal in November 2017 with Bachelot ordered to pay him 12,000 Euro.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Jacques Bachelot.[2] Her brother-in-law, François Bachelot, served in the National Assembly from 1986 to 1988 as a member of the National Front.[2]

Political careerEdit

Governmental functions

  • Minister for Solidarity and Social Cohesion: 2010–2012.
  • Minister of Health, Youth Affairs and Sports: 2007–2010.
  • Minister of Environment, Ecology and Sustainable Development: 2002–2004.

Electoral mandates

European Parliament

National Assembly of France

  • Member of the National Assembly of France for Maine-et-Loire (1st constituency) : 1988–2002 (Became minister in 2002) / Reelected in 2007, but she became minister. Elected in 1988, reelected in 1993, 1997, 2002, 2007.

Regional Council

  • Vice-president of the Regional Council of Pays-de-la-Loire : 2001–2004.
  • Regional councillor of Pays-de-la-Loire: 1986–2007 (Resignation). Reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004.

General Council



  1. ^ a b National Assembly: Roselyne Bachelot
  2. ^ a b c Alexandre Boudet, Le frère de Roselyne Bachelot candidat FN aux européennes, The Huffington Post, April 22, 2014
  3. ^ "France to raise the legal drinking age to 18". Google. AFP. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Détail d'un article de code" (in French). Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  5. ^ Thibaut Le Gal, Roselyne Bachelot sur le Pacs: «Cette bataille des idées, je l’ai finalement gagnée», 20 Minutes, November 15, 2014
  6. ^ Translation: "One about knows that Rafael Nadal's famous injury, which caused seven months out of competition, was very certainly due to a positive control."
  7. ^ Seckel, Henri (11 March 2016), Quand Roselyne Bachelot agace en accusant Rafael Nadal de se doper, Le
  8. ^ Briggs, Simon (25 April 2016), Rafael Nadal sues former French sport minister Roselyne Bachelot over doping claims, The Daily Telegraph
  9. ^ Nadal: date set for tennis ace's lawsuit against Bachelot, Diario AS, 28 June 2016.