Stéphane Le Foll

Stéphane Le Foll (French pronunciation: ​[ lə.fɔl]; born 3 February 1960) is a French politician serving as Mayor of Le Mans since 2018. A member of the Socialist Party, he was Minister of Agriculture under President François Hollande from 2012 to 2017.

Stéphane Le Foll
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Mayor of Le Mans
Assumed office
14 June 2018
Preceded byJean-Claude Boulard
Member of the National Assembly
for Sarthe's 4th constituency
In office
18 June 2017 – 11 July 2018
Preceded bySylvie Tolmont
Succeeded bySylvie Tolmont
Government Spokesman
In office
2 April 2014 – 17 May 2017
Prime MinisterManuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded byNajat Vallaud-Belkacem
Succeeded byChristophe Castaner
Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry
In office
16 May 2012 – 17 May 2017
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Manuel Valls
Bernard Cazeneuve
Preceded byBruno Le Maire
Succeeded byJacques Mézard
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 15 May 2012
ConstituencyWest France
Personal details
Born (1960-02-03) 3 February 1960 (age 62)
Le Mans, France
Political partySocialist Party
SpouseMarie-Hélène Bourdais
Alma materUniversity of Nantes


Early political careerEdit

Born in Le Mans, Le Foll was elected to the European Parliament for the Socialist Party, part of Party of European Socialists, in 2004. He served until 2012, when he was appointed to the Government of France.[1] While he successfully stood as a candidate for the National Assembly in the 2012 legislative election, he resigned to remain Minister of Agriculture and fellow party member Sylvie Tolmont took the seat.

Minister of AgricultureEdit

As Minister of Agriculture in all governments appointed by François Hollande, he was in charge of reforming the Common Agricultural Policy. He also put an accent on "re-socialising rural territories in France". In 2014, he replaced Najat Vallaud-Belkacem as Government Spokesperson, holding the weekly press briefing at the Élysée Palace. In 2016, he became the longest-serving Minister of Agriculture since the office was established in 1836.

Mayor of Le MansEdit

He was reelected to the National Assembly in 2017.[2] Le Foll unsuccessfully stood for the leadership of the Socialist Party at the Aubervilliers Congress in 2018.[3] After the death of Jean-Claude Boulard, Le Foll became Mayor of Le Mans. He was succeeded by Tolmont in Parliament, his predecessor.[4]


  1. ^ "Your MEPs : Stéphane LE FOLL". Europa (web portal). Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Législatives 2017 : Stéphane Le Foll réélu député dans la 4e circonscription de la Sarthe". Le Parisien. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Qui sont les candidats déclarés à la présidence du PS ?". Europe 1. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ Stéphane Le Foll rejoint la mairie du  Mans et s’éloigne du siège du PS, Le Monde, 14 June 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry
Succeeded by