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French local government
September 2019: Mainland France consists of 36,569 municipalities (communes) in 22 regions. In addition there are 212 communes in French overseas territories. Council elections are held every six years. The last full ones were held in March 2014. The first task of a newly constituted council is to elect a mayor, whose term of office is six years. If a mayor is appointed to another post in government, a deputy performs his/her duties. A mayor’s responsibilities include: Civil registration, culture, economy, education, environment, public order, roads, social welfare, urban planning. Following the elections of President Macron and a new national parliament in 2017, a number of cities elected new mayors.

Despite enormous differences in population, each French commune have a mayor (maire) and a municipal council (conseil municipal) who jointly manage the commune from the mairie (city hall), with exactly the same powers no matter the size of the commune (with the city of Paris as the only exception, where the city police are in the hands of the central state, not in the hands of the mayor of Paris). This uniformity of status is a clear legacy of the French Revolution, which wanted to do away with the local idiosyncrasies and tremendous differences of status that existed in the kingdom of France. French law makes allowances for the vast differences in commune size in a number of areas of administrative law. The size of the municipal council, the method of electing the municipal council, the maximum allowable pay of the mayor and deputy mayors all depend on the population band into which a particular commune falls. FULL ARTICLE ON FRENCH GOVERNMENT


Mayors of the largest French cities
City, size
and website
Mayor
(Mr, Ms)
Elections
Profile &
Politics*
Aix en Provence
Popl: 142,000
www.aixenprovence.fr
Maryse Charton also known as
Maryse Joissains-Masini (Ms)
Elected 2001, re-elected 2008, 2014
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1942
Member of National Assembly
Former university lecturer and lawyer
President of Communaute d’Agglomeration Aix en Provence
Previously member of Regional Assembly
Party: LR (The Republicans)*

Amiens
Popl: 132,000
www.amiens.fr/

Brigitte Fouré (Ms) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1955;
University Lecturer;
Party: LC (The Centrists)*
Angers
Popl: 150,000
www.angers.fr
Christophe Béchu (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1974; Businessman; President of Angers Loire Métropole Urban District;
Party: LR**
Annecy
Popl: 55,000
www.annecy.fr
Jean-Luc Rigaut (Mr) Elected 2007; Re-elected 2014 and in 2017 in a special election following structural changes;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 20 February 1959:
Professional Engineer with French Railways (SNCF): Former World Champion in Canoeing; President of Grand Annecy regional body since 2017;
Leader of l’Assemblée des communautés de France, ADCF (French assembly of local authorities) since 2017
Party: UDI*
Argentuil
Popl: 107,000
www.argentuil.fr
Georges Mothron (Mr) Elected 2014. Previously elected 2001 – 2008:
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1948
Former National Assembly member
Party: LR
Avignon
Popl: 96,000
www.avignon.fr
Cecile Helle (Ms) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1969
Secured 46.8% of the vote in 2014, beating off a strong National Front challenge
Party: PS*
Besançon
Popl: 117,000
www.besancon.fr
Jean-Louis Fousseret (Mr) Elected 2001. Re-elected 2008, 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1946
Technocrat background
Former National Assembly member
President of Grand Besancon agglomeration since 2001
Party: PS*
Bordeaux
Popl: 244,000
www.bordeaux.fr
Nicolas Florian (Mr) Mayor since March 2019.
He was elected after Alain Juppé resigned to become a member of the French Constitutional Council, France’s highest constitutional authority;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born: 29 March 1969
Awarded master degree in business law.
He began his politic career in 1995.
He has been close to Alain Juppé. From 2014 to March 2019, he was deputy mayor responsible for finance, humans resources and general administration for the Bordeaux region
Party: LR*
Boulogne-Billancourt
Popl: 117,000
boulognebillancourt.com
Pierre-Christophe Baguet (Mr) Elected 2008. Re-elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1955
Member National Assembly
President Val de Seine agglomeration since 2008
Party: LR*
Brest
Popl: 139,000
www.brest.fr/
François Cuillandre (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1955; L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris graduate; Minister for overseas territories 1988; Law lecturer Brest University 1993; President of Brest Métropole Océane Urban District;
Party: PS*
Caen
Popl: 107,000
www.caen.fr
Joel Bruneau (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1963
Public official 2002 – 2012
Member National Assembly 2010 – 2014
President Caen la Mer agglomeration
Party: LR*
Clermont Ferrand
Popl: 141,000
www.clermont-ferrand.fr/
Olivier Bianchi (Mr) Elected 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1970
President of Clermont Urban District;
Party: PS*
Cretail
92,000
www.cretail.fr
Laurent Cathala (Mr) Elected 1977 and six times subsequently, including 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1945;
Former National Assembly member 1981 - 2017; Served as a Minister in the administration of Edith Cresson and Pierre Beregoy between 1991 and 1993; President of Val-de-Marne Metropolitan Council since 2001; Since 2016 President of the new territory of Grand Paris Sud Est Avenir;
Party: PS*
Dijon
Popl: 153,000;
www.dijon.fr
François Rebsamen (Mr) Mayor from 2001 to 2014 and, after the death of his successor, re-elected in 2015;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1951
Member of Government of France 2014-2015
Member of Senate 2008 to 2014
Party: PS*
Grenoble
Popl: 160,000
www.grenoble.fr/
Eric Piolle (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1973
Engineer. Sacked by Hewlett Packard in 2011 for refusing to lead a re-location process.
Regional Assembly member 2010 – 2014
Party: Green*
Le Havre
Popl: 172,000
http://lehavre.fr/
Jean-Baptiste Gastinne (Mr) Mayor since March 2019. Elected after the resignation of former mayor Luc Lemonnier;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born: 2 June 1967.
In 2011 assistant mayor for Le Havre responsible for regional development
Doctorate of history from the Sorbonne
History teacher and historian.
He wrote two books on the history of Le Havre
Party: LR*
Le Mans
Popl: 144,000
www.lemans.fr/
Stéphane Le Foll (Mr) Mayor since June 2018;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 3 February 1960;
Government Minister for agriculture in 2012;
Economics teacher from 1983 to 1988; Member of the French National Assembly from 2017 to 2018;
Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2012;
Party: PS*
Lille
Popl: 231,000;
www.lille.fr/
Martine Aubry (Ms) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1950;
L'Institut d'études politiques de Paris and École nationale d'administration graduate; Minister with various portfolios 1991-2000 (when Minister for Employment initiated the '35-hour working week reforms'); President of Lille Urban District;
Mayor of Distinction in World Mayor 2018;
Party: PS*
Limoges
Popl: 126,000
www.ville-limoges.fr/
Emile Roger Lombertie (Mr) Elected 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1951
Psychiatrist; Vice-President Limoges Métropole Urban Disrict;
Party: LR*
Lyon
Popl: 501,000
www.lyon.fr
Gérard Collomb (Mr) Mayor from 2001 until 2017 and again from 2018 to date;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 20 June 1947;
From 2017 to 2018; French Interior Minister in President Macron’s administration;
Party: PS from 1969 to 2017; La République en Marche since 2017*
Marseille
Popl: 855,000;
www.marseille.fr
Jean-Claude Gaudin (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008 and again in 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1939
Professor of History and Geography; Senator; Town and Country Planning Minister 1995-1997;
Party: LR*
Metz
Popl: 119,000
www.metz.fr
Dominique Gros (Mr) Elected 2008
Re-elected 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1943
Politician
Member of Moselle Departement Assembly since 1988
Former public official in environmental protection
Party: PS*
Montpellier
Popl: 272 00;
www.montpellier.fr/
Philippe Saurel (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1957
Dentist; President Montpellier Urban District;
Party: DVG*
Montreuil
Popl: 104,000
www.montreuil.fr
Patrice Bessac (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 17 June 1978;
President of the French Communist Party’s association of members elected to public office (ANECR)
Party: PCF (French Communist Party)*
Mulhouse
Popl: 112,000
www.mulhouse.fr
Michèle Lutz (Ms) Mayor since November 2017;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 15 November 1958;
Owner of a hairdressing salon for from 1985 to 2016 and from 2006 to 2016 President of the Mulhouse hairdressing association;
First woman to be mayor of Mulhouse;
She started in politics in 2014;
Deputy mayor of Mulhouse from 2014 to 2017, responsible for local economic development;
Party: LR*
Nancy
Popl: 104.000
www.nancy.fr

Laurent Henart (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1968
Former member of National Assembly
Party: UDI/Radical Party*
Nanterre
Popl: 95,000
www.nanterre.fr
Patrick Jarry (Mr) Elected 2004, 2008 and 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1954
Politician; President of the Council of Administration de EPADESA since 2013;
Party: FASE / PCF*
Nantes
Popl: 293,000;
www.nantes.fr/
Johanna Rolland (Ms) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1979;
Urban First female mayor of Nantes
President of Nantes Metropole since 2014
President of EuroCities 2014 – 2016
Degree in Urban Development Party: PS*
Nice
Popl: 342,000;
www.nice.fr/
Christian Estrosi (Mr) Elected 2008 and again in 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1955;
Member of Parliament; President Nice-Côte d'Azur Urban District 2014 - 2017; Government Member 2005-10 with various portfolios (Industry, Urban & Country Planning, etc); reported to have turned down a cabinet post in the new Macron administration in 2017. He told media he was committed to keeping the Front Nacional out of power in Nice.
Party: LR*
Nîmes
Popl: 151,000;
www.nimes.fr/
Jean-Paul Fournier (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1945;
Senator; President of Nîmes Métropole Urban District;
Party: LR*
Orleans
Popl: 114,000
www.orleans.fr
Olivier Carré (Mr) Replaced Serge Grouard in 2015;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1961
Member of National Assembly
Party: LR*
Paris
Popl: 2,230,000;
www.paris.fr/
Anne Hidalgo (Ms) Elected 2009. Re-elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1959 in Cadiz, Spain; has dual French and Spanish nationality;grew up in a suburb of Lyon and attended Jean Moulin University; worked in the French civil service, primarily in the Labour Inspectorate for 26 years; this was interspersed with periods as a technical advisor to ministers during the Jospin administration; first elected to Paris City Council from the 15th arrondissement in 2001;
Deputy mayor under Bertrand Delanoë; first woman to be mayor of Paris;
Mayor of Distinction in World Mayor 2018
Party: PS*
Perpignan
Popl: 121,000
www.perpignan.fr
Jean-Marc Pujol (Mr) Elected 2009. Re-elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1949;
The mayor’s list won 55% in second round of the 2014 municipal elections;
Party: LR*
Reims
Popl: 183,000
www.ville-reims.fr/
Arnaud Robinet (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1975;
PHD in biochemistry;
Party: LR*
Rennes
Popl: 211,000;
www.rennes.fr/
Nathalie Appéré (Ms) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1975;
Member of National Assembly from 2012 until 2017;
First female mayor of Rennes after getting 56% of the second round votes in 2014;
Politics degree at Institute of Politics in Rennes in 1996;
In 2018 awarded the World Mayor Commendation;
Party: PS
Roubaix
Popl: 94,000
www.roubaix.fr
Guillaume Delbar (Mr) Elected 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1971;
Business Consultant; Ousted the former PS mayor in a surprise outcome in 2014; President of Hauts De France Regional Council since 2016;
Party: LR*

Rouen
Popl : 108,000
www.rouen.fr/

Yvon Robert (Mr) Elected 2012 and again in 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born: 1949; university professor;
Government posts under President François Mitterand; Conseiller general de la Seine-Maritime 2004 – 2011;
Party: PS*
Saint-Denis
Popl: 109,000
www.saint-denis.fr
Laurent Russier (Mr) Elected 2016;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1973
Employed by BNP Paribas in IT. Grew up in Sainte-Etienne. Moved to Saint-Denis in 1997. Was elected to City Council in 2008 and became a Deputy Mayor in 2014. Elected to replace Didier Paillard following his resignation in December 2016. Prominent in the summer 2017 final phase of the successful 2024 summer Olympic Games bid by Paris as all the new facilities will be in the town.
Party: PCF*
Saint Etienne
Popl: 172,000;
www.saint-etienne.fr/
Gaël Perdriau (Mr) Elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1973;
Entered politics in 1995; First elected to the city council in 1995; Since April 2014 also President of the St Etienne metro region
Party: LR*
Strasbourg
Popl: 266,000;
www.strasbourg.eu
Roland Ries (Mr) Elected 2008, Re-elected 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1945;
Member of Senate of France
President of Strasbourg Agglomeration since 2008
President of Cites Unies France 2014 – 2016.
Board member of SNCF
Party: PS*
Toulon
Popl: 164,000;
www.toulon.com/
Hubert Falco (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born 1947
Businessman; Former Secretary of State with various portfolios (Defense, Town and Country Planning, OAPs etc…); President Toulon Provence Méditerranée ; Urban District; Senator;
Party: LR*
Toulouse
Popl: 458,000;
www.toulouse.fr
Jean-Luc Moudenc (Mr) Elected in 2004-08 then again in 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1960;
Journalist; educated at the Toulouse University of Social Sciences; told the media in May 2017 that he had turned down an offer of a government position by new Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe. 2017 President of Urban France, the organisation of major cities.
Party: LR*
Tourcoing
Popl: 94,000
www.tourcoing.fr
Jean-Marie Vuylsteker (Mr) Mayor since February 2019;
Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020
Born : 1944
Started in politics in 1971
From 2014 to 2019 deputy mayor in charge of town planning, housing and construction;
Engage in lot of association
Passionate about horticulture and beekeeping.
Party: Party : Gaullist, (Metropole commune unies / Droites)
Tours
Popl: 135,000;
www.tours.fr/
Christophe Bouchet (Mr) Mayor since October 2017; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020

Born: 12 November 1962
Former journalist at Le Nouvel Observateur (2002 – 2004) president of French football club Olympique de Marseille
President of marketing company whose clients include the Toulouse Football Club; Presented an electric car based on the old Fiat 500;
Party: Radical movement UDI*

Villeurbanne
Popl: 147,000
www.villeurbanne.fr
Jean-Paul Bret (Mr) Elected 2001. Re-elected 2008, 2014; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1946;
Vice President Region Urbaine de Lyon;
Former member of the National Assembly; in September 2017 he announced that he was receiving treatment for Cancer.
Party: PS*
Vitry-sur-Seine
Popl: 92,000
www.vitrysurseine.fr
Jean-Claude Kennedy (Mr) Elected 2015; Next municipal elections in two rounds on 15 and 22 March 2020 Born 1952; elected by municipal council following resignation of Alain Adoubert who had been mayor since 1996; City Council member since 2002;
Parti: PCF*


*Principal political parties in France
REM: La République En Marche; Centrist liberal party founded by President Emmanuel Macron; Pro-European
LR: Les Républicains; Centre-right, conservative party
PS: Parti Socialiste; Social-democratic, pro-European party
MoDem: Mouvement démocrate; Centrist, pro-European.
FI: La France insoumise; Left-wing
PCF: Parti communiste français; Left-wing, Agnostic on Europe
RN: Rassemblement national; formerly Nation Front ; far-right, anti-Europe
MR: Mouvement radical; Centre-left, liberal. Pro-European
LC: Les Centristes; Centrist, conservative
UDI: Union des démocrates et indépendants; Centrist, pro-European
EEVL: Europe Écologie Les Verts; Green, centre-left
PG: Parti de Gauche; Left-wing, agnostic on Europe


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