Announced: Jean-François Copé

Posted on the 18th January 2016 by Sumeeta, Communications Coordinator


We are pleased to announce the next speaker on our prestigious line-up, Jean-François Copé!

Jean-François Copé is a French politician and former president of the current main opposition party Les Républicains. He is currently mayor of Meaux and a member of parliament at the French National Assembly.

Following his studies at Science Po Paris and the École nationale d'administration, he spent two years working as a high-ranking civil servant before entering the private sector as Chief of Staff to the President of Dexia. He held various academic positions, including teaching local economics and finance at Science Po as well as at Paris 8 University where he was associate professor from 1998 to 2000.

Copé’s first major political role was in 2002, when he became the government’s official spokesman. He was then promoted to Minister of the Budget in 2004, which he carried out until 2007. He thereafter did not occupy any governmental functions, focusing instead on various electoral mandates, including mayor of Meaux, where he was elected four times and currently serves. He was also elected as a member of parliament in two different districts over the course of his career. From 2007 to 2010 he presided the then UMP political party at the National Assembly, before becoming Secretary General of the party in 2010.

It is following the 2012 French presidential election and the void left by Nicolas Sarkozy at the top of the party that Jean-François Copé was elected president of the UMP, a position he kept until 2014 before returning to fulfill his local mandate in Meaux.

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