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In 2015
Mayor of Seoul, South Korea (04/2015)
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Mayor of Houston, USA, (02/2015)
Mayor of Pristina, Kosovo (01/2015)

In 2014
Mayor of Warsaw, Poland, (12/2014)
Governor of Tokyo, Japan, (11/2014)
Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand (10/2014)
Mayor of Sucre, Miranda, Venezuela (09/2014)
Mayor of Vienna, Austria (08/2014)
Mayor of Lampedusa, Italy (07/2014)
Mayor of Ghent, Belgium (06/2014)
Mayor of Montería, Colombia (05/2014)
Mayor of Liverpool, UK (04/2014)
Mayor of Pittsford Village, NY, USA (03/2014)
Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia (02/2014)
Mayor of Santiago, Chile (01/2014)

In 2013
Mayor of Soda, India (12/2013)
Mayor of Zaragoza (11/2013)
Mayor of Marseille (10/2013)
Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd (09/2013)
Mayor of Detroit (08/2013)
Mayor of Moore (07/2013)
Mayor of Mexico City (06/2013)
Mayor of Cape Town (05/2013)
Mayor of Lima (04/2013)
Mayor of Salerno (03/2013)
Governor of Jakarta (02/2013)
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (01/2013)

In 2012
Mayor of Izmir (12/2012)
Mayor of San Antonio (11/2012)
Mayor of Thessaloniki (10/2012)
Mayor of London (09/2012)
Mayor of New York (08/2012)
Mayor of Bilbao (07/2012)
Mayor of Bogotá (06/2012)
Mayor of Perth (05/2012)
Mayor of Mazatlán (04/2012)
Mayor of Tel Aviv (03/2012)
Mayor of Surrey (02/2012)
Mayor of Osaka (01/2012)

In 2011
Mayor of Ljubljana (12/2011)

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French Mayors
Researched and edited by Guy Kervella

20 July 2014: 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 one was 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.

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.

Mayors of the largest French cities
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City, size
and website
(Mr, Ms)
Profile &

Popl: 136,000

Brigitte Fouré (Ms) Elected 2014 Born 1955; University Lecturer;
Party: Nouveau Centre
Popl: 146,000
Christian Béchu; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1974; Businessman; President of Angers Loire Métropole Urban District;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 213,000
Alain Juppé; (Mr) Elected 1995-2004; 2006 and again in 2014 Born 1945; Science Po and INA graduate; Currently Minister for Foreign Affairs; Prime Minister 1995-97; Several times minister under Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 143,000
François Cuillandre; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1955; Science Po and Law graduate; DOM-TOM Minister 1988; Law lecturer Brest University 1993; President of Brest Métropole Océane Urban District;
Party: PS*
Clermont Ferrand
Popl: 140,000
Olivier Bianchi; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1970; President of Clermont Urban District;
Party: PS*
Popl: 152,000;
Alain Millot; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1952; President of Dijon Urban District;
Party: PS*
Popl: 154,000
Eric Piolle; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1973;
Party: Green
Le Havre
Popl: 197,000
Édouard Philippe; (Mr) Elected 2010 and again in 2014 Born 1970; Lawyer; President of Le Havre Urban District;
Party: UMP*
Le Mans
Popl: 148,000
Jean-Claude Boulard (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and agian in 2014 Born 1953; Science Po, Law and ENA graduate; President of Le Mans Urban District;
Party: PS*
Popl: 178,000;
Martine Aubry; (Ms) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1950; Science Po and ENA graduate; Minister with various portfolios 1991-2000 (when Minister for Employment initiated the '35-hour working week reforms'); President of Lille Urban District;
Party: PS*
Popl: 136,000
Emile Roger Lombertie; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1951; Psychiatrist; Vice-President Limoges Métropole Urban Disrict;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 422,000
Gérard Collomb; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1947; Professeur agrégé of literature; Senator since 1999; President of Grand Lyon Urban District;
Party: PS*
Popl: 808,000;
Jean-Claude Gaudin (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1939; Professor of History and Geography; Senator; Town and Country Planning Minister 1995-1997;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 211 00;
Philippe Saurel; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1957; Dentist; President Montpellier Urban District;
Party: DVG*
Popl: 252,000;
Johanna Rolland; (Ms) Elected 2014 Born 1979; Urban Development graduate; President of Nantes Métropole Urban District; Party: PS*
Popl: 346,000;
Christian Estrosi; (Mr) Elected 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1955; Member of Parliament; President Nice-Côte d'Azur Urban District; Government Member 2005-10 with various portfolios (Industry, Urban & Country Plannning, etc);
Party: UMP*
Popl: 134,000;
Jean-Paul Fournier (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1945; Senator; President of Nîmes Métropole Urban District;
Party: UMP*
Population: 2,152,000;
Anne Hidalgo (Ms) Elected 2014 Born 1959; Deputy mayor under Bertrand Delanoë;
Party: PS*
Popl: 185,000
Arnaud Robinet; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1975; PHD in biochemistry;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 204,000;
Nathalie Appéré; (Ms) Elected 2014 Born 19575; Member of Parliament since 2012; Party: PS*

Popl : 110,000

Yvon Robert; (Mr) Elected 2012 and again in 2014 Born: 1949; Goverenment posts under President François Mitterand;
Party: PS*
Saint Etienne
Popl: 202,000;
Gaël Perdriau; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1973;
Party: UMP*
Popl: 256,000;
Roland Ries; (Mr) Elected 2008 and again in 2014 Born 1945; Senator; Member of SNCF (French Railways) board;
Party: PS*
Popl: 170,000;
Hubert Falco; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014 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: UMP*
Popl: 366,000;
Jean-Luc Moudenc; (Mr) Elected in 2004-08 then again in 2014 Born 1960; Journalist; Party: UMP*
Popl: 133,000;
Serge Babary; (Mr) Elected 2014 Born 1948; Party: UMP*
*PS: Parti Socialiste (Socialist Party) ; UMP: Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (Union for a Popular Movement) = Centre right party; *DVG: Divers Gauche 

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