Virginie Rozière

Virginie Rozière (born 18 June 1976) is a French politician of the Radical Party of the Left (PRG) who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2014 until 2019.

Virginie Rozière
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Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
ConstituencySouth-West France
Personal details
Born (1976-06-18) 18 June 1976 (age 45)
Montpellier, France
Political party French
Radical Party of the Left
 EU
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Alma materÉcole Polytechnique
Websitewww.virginieroziere.eu

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Montpellier, Rozière graduated from École Polytechnique in 2000. She also has a third dan black belt in judo.[1]

Early careerEdit

After graduating, Rozière worked for the Ministry of Defence. From 2010 to 2012 she worked in the European Parliament, then returned to France and worked as Deputy Director in the Ministry for Crafts, Trade, and Tourism under Sylvia Pinel.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 2013, the Socialist Party (PS) and the PRG, led by Pinel, came to an agreement where members of the PRG could run under the PS banner in the upcoming 2014 parliamentary elections. In the elections in May 2014, Rozière won 15.73% of the vote in South-West France, and was elected to the European Parliament, the only PRG member to do so.[2] In parliament, Rozière served on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Petitions, and is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Union.[3] In this capacity, she served as rapporteur on legislation to protect whistleblowers in the aftermath of scandals such as LuxLeaks or the Panama Papers.[4]

In December 2017, the PRG merged with the Radical Party to form the Radical Movement. Rozière and Stéphane Saint-André [fr] spoke in opposition to the merger, and instead chose to leave the PRG and form a new party, Les Radicaux de gauche [fr] (LRDG, the "Left Radicals").[5] Before the 2019 European Parliament election, LRDG at first found an agreement for a common candidacy with PS and Place Publique. However, shortly after the PRG cancelled the merger in March 2019, LRDG dropped from the candidate lists and Rozière did not stand for reelection, citing PRG influence on PS for the failure of the common candidacy.[6]

Political positionsEdit

In the Socialist Party's primaries, Rozière endorsed Sylvia Pinel as the party's candidate in the 2017 French presidential election.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Aubier, Claire (20 May 2014). "Virginie Rozière (PS-PRG) : "Je n'admets pas que des mouvements extrémistes menacent les droits des femmes"". Aufeminin. Retrieved 21 August 2018. (in French)
  2. ^ "Résultat des élections européennes - Sud-Ouest". Le Monde. Retrieved 21 August 2018. (in French)
  3. ^ "Virginie Rozière". European Parliament. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ Laura Kayali (December 19, 2018), Whistleblowers could lose out in EU tax rule shakeup Politico Europe.
  5. ^ "Les radicaux de gauche et les radicaux valoisiens votent leur réunification". Atlantico. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2018. (in French)
  6. ^ "Européennes: l'eurodéputée Virginie Rozière (Radicaux de gauche) quitte la liste PS". Le Figaro (in French). 29 April 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.