Bruno Le Maire

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Bruno Le Maire
Bruno Le Maire par Claude Truong-Ngoc novembre 2014.jpg
Member of the French National Assembly for Eure
Assumed office
20 June 2012
Preceded by Guy Lefrand
French Minister of Agriculture
In office
23 June 2009 – 15 May 2012
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Michel Barnier
Succeeded by Stéphane Le Foll
Personal details
Born (1969-04-15) 15 April 1969 (age 50)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Nationality French
Political party The Republicans
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Sciences Po, ÉNA

Bruno Le Maire (born 15 April 1969) is a French politician. He served as the French Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fishing from 2009 to 2012.[1]


Early life

Bruno Le Maire was born on 15 April 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.[1][2] He is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po and the École nationale d’administration.[1][2][3][4] He speaks French, English and German.


From 2002 to 2004, he worked as an advisor to Dominique de Villepin in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[3][4] In 2004, he moved to the Ministry of the Interior.[3] In 2005, he became the political advisor to the Prime Minister.[3][4] From 2007 to 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly of France, representing the Eure department.[3][4] From December 2008 to 2009, he served as Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs in the François Fillon government.[1][2]

Since 2008, he has served as a political advisor for the Union for a Popular Movement.[1][4] He also serves as a council member of Evreux.[1][4] In June 2009, he became the new Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fishing.[1][2] During his tenure at the Ministry, he created a new framework to modernize French agriculture, food and fishing. He also hosted the G20 Agriculture summit in 2011, which resulted in the creation of AMIS (Agricultural Market Information System). The main objectif of AMIS is to monitor the global agricultural market under a rotating presidency. An intervention Forum can be convoked if the presiding country judges it necessary.

On August 2012, he announced that he would be a candidate for the presidency of the Union for a Popular Movement, competing against former Prime Minister François Fillon, Secretary General Jean-François Copé and former Minister for Ecology Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. He decided to develop a reformist line and to focus his campaign aroung four main axes:

  • Enhancing European economic integration
  • Strengthening French entrepreneurship and economy
  • Going back to the values of respect and authority in society
  • Renewing generations in political parties

But he failed to obtain sponsorships (he claim 7 200 sponsorships, but needed 7 ReRepublicains .

In November 2014, he obtained 29.8% of votes against Nicolas Sarkozy in the election for the presidency of Les Republicains (formerly UMP).

Other activities

Personal life

Le Maire is married to Pauline Doussau de Bazignan.[5] They have four children.

Depiction in film

In the movie La conquête (The conquest), about Nicolas Sarkozy's career, he was played by Emmanuel Noblet.


  • Le Ministre. Editions Grasset, 2004
  • Des hommes d’Etat. Editions Grasset, 2007 (2008 Edgar Faure Prize)
  • Jours de pouvoir, Editions Gallimard, 2013


Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Barnier
Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Stéphane Le Foll