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Vincent Chauvet

Vincent Chauvet, born in 1987, is a French politician, founder of the first European Citizens' Initiative and Mayor of Autun.

Vincent Chauvet
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Vincent Chauvet in 2014
Mayor of Autun
Assumed office
5 July 2017
Preceded byRémy Rebeyrotte
Personal details
Born (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 31)
Political partyDemocratic Movement
Other political
La République En Marche!
Alma materSorbonne, SciencesPo, HEC


Education and early careerEdit

Vincent Chauvet was first educated in Dijon.[1] After attending preparatory classes at Lycée Louis-le-Grand, he graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the Paris-Sorbonne University.[2]

He worked as a reporter to the editorial board of La Tribune in Paris and Reuters in Brussels and hosted political talk shows on the Christian radio Fréquence protestante. He also interned in Chief of Staff of the French Army administration and in the Ministry of Budget.[3]

After working in Brussels as a political communication advisor, Vincent Chauvet was recruited in 2013 by New York University School of Law to run the joint EU Regulatory Policy Legal Clinic with HEC Paris[4] and to help launch the first Massive open online course of a French business school,[5] focusing on European affairs and citizens' empowerment.

Civic activismEdit

Public interest litigationEdit

In 2010, he sued the French Prime minister for failing to enact anonymous CV legislation and brought the case before the Constitutional Council of France under the newly established ex post judicial review,[6] arguing that the doctrine of standing in French administrative law was unconstitutional and pleading in favor of the introduction of public-interest litigation.[7] On July 9, 2014,[8] the Conseil d'Etat gave reason to Chauvet's claim[9] that the French government had a constitutional obligation to execute the legislation.[10]

Foreign students' rightsEdit

In 2011, Vincent Chauvet headed the student protest movement[11] against a new policy enforced by Interior Minister Claude Guéant to massively reject work visa applications for foreign students forcing them to leave France after graduation.[12] This movement led to a softening of work-visa restrictions measures in 2012.[13]

European Citizens' InitiativeEdit

In April 2012, Vincent Chauvet founded the first ever submitted but only second registered European Citizens' Initiative[14] One Single Tariff. The initiative supported the immediate end off all roaming fees and the creation of a unified digital market in the European Union.[15] The signature gathering campaign[16] led the European Parliament to back the proposal ahead of the European 2014 elections. [17]

Political careerEdit

As youth branch leader of the Union for French Democracy Vincent Chauvet stood on the centrist ballot for the 2010 regional elections.[18]

For the presidential elections of 2012, Vincent Chauvet was part of the team of economic advisors to the Democratic candidate François Bayrou.[19] In the run-off he took sides against Nicolas Sarkozy.[20]

In late 2012, he was picked by the business magazine L'Expansion as the most promising centrist politician in Burgundy.[21] He teamed up with the incumbent independent candidate for the 2014 mayoral race in Autun[22] and won with 51.93%.[23] He became in 2014 Municipal councillor of Autun and Councillor of Greater Autun - Morvan Communauté de communes.

He stood as a candidate at the parliamentary elections in June 2017 in the 2nd constituency of Saône-et-Loire where he lost with 48.96 % second round against the conservative candidate Josiane Corneloup.

In July 2017, at 29, he was elected Mayor of Autun and First Vice-President of Greater Autun - Morvan Communauté de communes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Vincent Chauvet: la biographie, Journal de Saône-et-Loire
  2. ^ Political profile Archived 2013-09-16 at the Wayback Machine., Slate
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  4. ^ A Paris, la New York University demenage et lance une clinique du droit
  5. ^ Interview on L'Agefi
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  7. ^ Recours victorieux d'un Autunois face au gouvernement
  8. ^ French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs, France 24, 10 July 2014
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ L'invité de la matinale, France Inter
  11. ^ Diplômés non grata, Libération, 28 February 2012
  12. ^ French to allow work visas for more students, New York Times, 14 October 2011
  13. ^ France to lift a barrier to foreign graduates, New York Times, 16 January 2011
  14. ^ European Commission
  15. ^ "Les frais d'itinerance doivent disparaitre en Europe, Les Echos, 7 January 2013
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  19. ^ "Adoptons une regle d'or europeenne", Le Monde, 30 July 2011
  20. ^ "La France au piege de l'extreme droite", Libération, 3 May 2012
  21. ^ Gens du Morvan, 21 December 2012
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