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ON THIS PAGE: French local government ||| State of parties after 2020 elections ||| Parties' losses, gains & holds ||| Mayors of largest French cities |||



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French MayorsFrench local government
July 2020: 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 (first round) and, after a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the second round took place in July 2020.

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 has 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.

In the 2020 municipal elections the Greens (EELV) made significant gains, capturing large cities like Marseille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Lyon, while France’s ruling party, En Marche, lost its two remaining city halls. The French Socialist Party recorded three gains and three losses but held on to Paris, Lille, Rennes and Dijon The centre-right Republicans, while winning in Toulouse, Metz, Nice and Saint-Étienne, lost one city hall to the Socialists and another to the far-right. The far-right National Rally, formerly the National Front, captured the mayoralty of the southern city of Perpignan from the centre-right Republicans. FULL ARTICLE ON FRENCH GOVERNMENT


State of parties before and
after 2020 municipal elections*

Party
No of mayors
before 2020 elections
No of mayors
after 2020 elections
PCF (Communist party)
2
2
MR (Leftist radical movement)
2
-
DVG (Leftist independents)
1
-
PS (Socialist party)
13
14
EELV (Green party)
1
8
UDI (Liberal party)
2
1
LREM (En Marche, centrist, liberal)
2
-
LR (Centre-right Republicans)
17
14
DVD (Right-wing independents)
2
1
LRN (far-right National Rally)
-
1
Independents
-
1
* In cities with more than 100,000 residents


Parties' losses
gains & holds*

From party
To party
No of mayors
EELV EELV
1
LR EELV
2
LREM EELV
2
MR EELV
1
PS EELV
1
UD! EELV
1
LR LR
12
PS LR
1
DVD LR
1
PS PS
11
DVG PS
1
MR PS
1
PCF PS
1
DVD DVD
1
LR Independent
1
LR PCR
1
PCF PCF
1
LR RN
1
UDI UDI
1
* In cities with more than 100,000 residents


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
and July 2020; Next municipal election 2026
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 (Centre-right Republicans)

Amiens
Popl: 134,000
www.amiens.fr/

Brigitte Fouré (Ms) Elected 2014;
Re-elected July 2020; Next municipal
Born 1955;
University Lecturer;
Party: LC (The Centrists)
Angers
Popl: 150,000
www.angers.fr
Christophe Béchu (Mr) Elected 2014;
Re-elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026
Born 1974;
Businessman; President of Angers Loire Métropole Urban District;
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Annecy
Popl: 126,000
www.annecy.fr
François Astorg; (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1961;
Studied communications.
In 1991, responsible for communication in the French ministry for maritime affairs; He is the co-founder of Cognito3, a human resources, management and data analysis consultancy. He has been teaching since 2001 at the Geneva State Training Center, and works as a trainer for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haute-Savoie in order to support young entrepreneurs in taking over and managing businesses.
Party: Independent ecologist
Argentuil
Popl: 107,000
www.argentuil.fr
Georges Mothron (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
Born 1948
Former National Assembly member
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Avignon
Popl: 96,000
www.avignon.fr
Cecile Helle (Ms) Elected 2014; Re-elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1969
Secured 46.8% of the vote in 2014, beating off a strong National Front challenge
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Besançon
Popl: 117,000
www.besancon.fr
Anne Vignot (Ms)
Elected July 2020; Her candidacy was endorsed by the mayors of Paris and Rennes; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1960;
Degree in Geography; Between 2006 and 2014, she was director of the botanical gardens of Besançon.
Party: EELV (Green party)
Bordeaux
Popl: 244,000
www.bordeaux.fr
Pierre Hurmic; (Mr) Elected July 2020; Was elected mayor after 25 years in opposition. Next elections 2026 Born: 1955
Since 1995 member of Bordeaux’s city council
Party: EELV (Green party)
Boulogne-Billancourt
Popl: 120,000
boulognebillancourt.com
Pierre-Christophe Baguet (Mr) Elected 2008. Re-elected 2014 and 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
Born 1955
Member National Assembly
President Val de Seine agglomeration since 2008
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Brest
Popl: 139,000
www.brest.fr/
François Cuillandre (Mr) Elected 2001; Re-elected 2008, 2014 and July 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
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 (Socialist party)
Caen
Popl: 107,000
www.caen.fr
Joel Bruneau (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1970
President of Clermont Urban District;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Clermont Ferrand
Popl: 144,000
www.clermont-ferrand.fr/
Olivier Bianchi (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected July 2020; Next municpal elections 2026 Born 1970
President of Clermont Urban District;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Cretail
92,000
www.cretail.fr
Laurent Cathala (Mr) Elected in 1977 and seven times subsequently, including in 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
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 (Socialist party)
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; Re-elected again in July 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
Born 1951
Member of Government of France 2014-2015
Member of Senate 2008 – 2014
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Grenoble
Popl: 160,000
www.grenoble.fr/
Eric Piolle (Mr) Elected 2014 and re-elected in 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1973
Engineer. Sacked by Hewlett Packard in 2011 for refusing to lead a re-location process; Co-founder of Raise Partners, a company specialising in financial risk management.
Regional Assembly member 2010 – 2014
Party: EELV (Green party)
Le Havre
Popl: 172,000
http://lehavre.fr/
Édouard Philippe (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born: 1970.
Studied at ENA; Between 1990 and 2002 member of the French Socialist Party; Joined the centrist UMP in 2002 and member of the French government from 2002 to 2007; Mayor of Le Havre from 2010 until 2017 prior to being appointed
French Prime Minister (May 2017 to July 2020) under President Emmanuel Macron
Party: Independent
Le Mans
Popl: 144,000
www.lemans.fr/
Stéphane Le Foll (Mr) Mayor since June 2018; Re-elected July 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
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 (Socialist party)
Lille
Popl: 231,000;
www.lille.fr/
Martine Aubry (Ms) Elected 2001, 2008 and again in 2014; Re-elected in July 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 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 (Socialist party)
Limoges
Popl: 126,000
www.ville-limoges.fr/
Emile Roger Lombertie (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected Juy 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 Born 1973
Psychiatrist; Vice-President Limoges Métropole Urban District;
Party: EELV (Green and strongly pro-European)
Lyon
Popl: 501,000
www.lyon.fr
Grégory Doucet; (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1973;
Between 2002 and 2008 he undertook humanitarian work in the Philippines and Nepal.
Party: EELV (Green party)
Marseille
Popl: 855,000;
www.marseille.fr
Michele Rubirola (Ms) Elected July 2020; First female mayor of Marseille; Next municipal election 2026 Born 1956;
In the 1970s, she was regarded as a radical feminist. She campaigned for the legalisation of abortions. Later as a medical practitioner she treated chronically and socially vulnerable patients.
Party: Socialist Ecologist
Metz
Popl: 119,000
www.metz.fr
François Grosdidier (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1961
In politics since 1981, he supported centre-right politicians like Jaques Chirac and Alain Juppé. In 1993 he became the youngest member of the French National Assembly. From 2001 to 2017 Mayor of Woippy.
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Montpellier
Popl: 272 00;
www.montpellier.fr/
Michaël Delafosse (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1977
Degrees in History and Geography; Joined Socialist Party at age 16; Lecturer in geography and history; Département de l’Hérault councillor from 2015 to 2020.
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Montreuil
Popl: 104,000
www.montreuil.fr
Patrice Bessac (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected 2020;
Next municipal elections 2026
Born 1978
Regional councillor Ile-de-France 2004 to 2015; Executive member of the French Communist Party
Party: PCF* (French Communist Party)
Mulhouse
Popl: 112,000
www.mulhouse.fr
Michèle Lutz (Ms) Mayor since November 2017;
Re-elected 2020; Next municipal elections 2026
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 (Centre-right Republicans)
Nancy
Popl: 104.000
www.nancy.fr

Mathieu Klein (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1976;
Degrees in history and sociology; Member of the Socialist Party since 1992; In 1994, he founded an organisation against homophobia; Departmental councillor Meurthe et Mosell 2004 to 2020;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Nanterre
Popl: 95,000
www.nanterre.fr
Patrick Jarry (Mr) Elected 2004; Re-elected in 2008 2014 and 2020;
Next municipal elections 2026
Born 1954; Politician; President of the Council of Administration de EPADESA since 2013;
Party: PCF (Communist Party) until 2010; FASE (Socialist Greens) 2010 to 2013
Nantes
Popl: 293,000;
www.nantes.fr/
Johanna Rolland (Ms) Elected 2014; Re-elected 2020;
Next municipal elections 2026
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) Mayor from 2008 to 2016 and again from 2017 to 2020; Re-elected in 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 (Centre-right Republicans)
Nîmes
Popl: 151,000;
www.nimes.fr/
Jean-Paul Fournier (Mr) Elected 2001; Re-elected in 2008, 2014 and 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
Born 1945;
Senator; President of Nîmes Métropole Urban District;
Party: LR (centre-right Republicans)
Orleans
Popl: 117,000
www.orleans.fr
Serge Grouard (Mr) Mayor from 2001 until 2015 when he resinged for health reasons. Stood again in 2020 elections and was elected. Next municipal elections in 2026 Born 1959
Member of National Assembly from 2002 to June 2017
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Paris
Popl: 2,230,000;
www.paris.fr/
Anne Hidalgo (Ms) Elected 2014; Re-elected June 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 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 (Socialist party)
Perpignan
Popl: 121,000
www.perpignan.fr
Louis Aliot (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 Born 1969;
Member of the French National Assembly from June 2017 to 2020; Member of the European Parliament from May 2014 to July 2017;
Party: LRN National Rally, formerly National Front (far-right)
Reims
Popl: 183,000
www.ville-reims.fr/
Arnaud Robinet (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected in 2020: Next municipal elections in 2026 Born 1975;
PHD in biochemistry;
Member of the French National Assembly 2008 to 2017;
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Rennes
Popl: 211,000;
www.rennes.fr/
Nathalie Appéré (Ms) Elected 2014; Re-elected in July 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
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 (Socialist party)
Roubaix
Popl: 94,000
www.roubaix.fr
Guillaume Delbar (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected July 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 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 (Centre-right Republicans)

Rouen
Popl : 108,000
www.rouen.fr/

Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol (Mr) Elected July 2020;
Next municipal elections in 202
Born: 1977;
Studies molecular biology at the ENS; and at Stanford (USA); Between 2014 and 2020 member of the Rouen municipal council; President of the regional council of Haute-Normandie from 2013 to 2015;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Saint-Denis
Popl: 109,000
www.saint-denis.fr
Mathieu Hanotin (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 Born 1978
Studies law and history at the universities of Strasbourg and Paris (Sorbonne)
Member of the departmental council of Saine-Saint-Denis from 2015 to 2020;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Saint Etienne
Popl: 172,000;
www.saint-etienne.fr/
Gaël Perdriau (Mr) Elected 2014; Re-elected in July 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 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 (Centre-right Republicans)
Strasbourg
Popl: 266,000;
www.strasbourg.eu
Jeanne Barseghian (Ms) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections in 202 Born 1980;
Studied French-German and environmental law in Strsbourg; After studies worked for Alsace regional council to develop sustainable tourism in the Rhine valley;
Party: EELV (Green party)
Toulon
Popl: 164,000;
www.toulon.com/
Hubert Falco (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008, 2014 and again in 2020;
Next municipal elections in 2026
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 (Centre-right Republicans)
Toulouse
Popl: 458,000;
www.toulouse.fr
Jean-Luc Moudenc (Mr) Elected in 2004-08 then again in 2014 and 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 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. In 2017 President of Urban France, the organisation of major cities.
Party: LR (Centre-right Republicans)
Tourcoing
Popl: 94,000
www.tourcoing.fr
Jean-Marie Vuylsteker (Mr) Elected mayor February 2019;
In May 2020, Gérarld Darmanin was elected but appointed French Interior Minister in July 2020. Since then, Jean Marie Vuylsteker acts as interim mayor
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: Gaullist
Tours
Popl: 135,000;
www.tours.fr/
Emmanuel Denis; (Mr) Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026

Born: 1971;
Studied engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure en Génie des Technologies Industrielles in Pau;
Party: EELV (Green party)

Villeurbanne
Popl: 147,000
www.villeurbanne.fr
Cédric Van Styvendael (Mr Elected July 2020; Next municipal elections 2026 Born 1973;
Studies political science in Lyon; In 2017, elected President of Housing Europe, an organisation that promotes affordable housing and social inclusion;
Party: PS (Socialist party)
Vitry-sur-Seine
Popl: 94,000
www.vitrysurseine.fr
Pierre Bell-Lloch (Mr) Elected 2020; Next municipal elections in 2026 Bell-Lloch’s election by the city council was described as a palace coup after his party colleague and incumbent mayor Jean-Claude Kennedy had won the municipal elections with almost 50 per cent of the vote.
Party: PCF (Communist)


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