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French Mayors
Researched and edited by Guy Kervella

19 August 2011: 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 2008. 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
(Readers are invited to supply information on additional French cities and mayors. Please insert 'French mayors' into the subject line of any emails.)

City, size
and website
Mayor
(Mr, Ms)
Elections
Profile &
Politics*

Amiens
Popl: 136,000
www.amiens.fr/

Gilles Demailly; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1949; President Picardie University 2001-06; President Amiens Métropole Urban District;
Party: PS*
Angers
Popl: 146,000
www.angers.fr
Jean-Claude Antonini; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1940; General Practitioner 1969-97; President of Angers Loire Métropole Urban District;
Party: PS*
Bordeaux
Popl: 213,000
www.bordeaux.fr
Alain Juppé; (Mr) Elected 1995-2004; 2006 to present; Next elections 2014 Born 1945; Science Po and INA graduate; Currently Minister for Foreign Affairs; Prime Minister 1995-97; Several times Minister under President Jacques Chirac;
Party: UMP*
Brest
Popl: 143,000
www.brest.fr/
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
www.clermont-ferrand.fr/
Serge Godard; (Mr) Elected 1997, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1936; University Lecturer; Senator;
Party: PS*
Dijon
Popl: 152,000;
www.dijon.fr
François Rebsamen; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1951; Science Po graduate; Senator since 2008; President of Dijon Urban District;
Party: PS*
Grenoble
Popl: 154,000
www.grenoble.fr/
Michel Destot; (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1946; President of AMGVF (French Ass of Mayors); Member of Parliament since 1988;
Party: PS*
Le Havre
Popl: 197,000
http://lehavre.fr/
Édouard Philippe; (Mr) Elected 2010; Next elections 2014 Born 1970; Lawyer; President of Le Havre Urban District;
Party: UMP*
Le Mans
Popl: 148,000
www.lemans.fr/
Jean-Claude Boulard (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1953; Science Po, Law and ENA graduate; President of Le Mans Urban District;
Party: PS*
Lille
Popl: 178,000;
www.lille.fr/
Martine Aubry; (Ms) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 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*
Limoges
Popl: 136,000
www.ville-limoges.fr/
Alain Rodet; (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1944; University Lecturer; Member of Parliament since 1981; President Limoges Métropole Urban Disrict;
Party: PS*
Lyon
Popl: 422,000
www.lyon.fr
Gérard Collomb; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1947; Professeur agrégé of literature; Senator since 1999; President of Grand Lyon Urban District;
Party: PS*
Marseille
Popl: 808,000;
www.marseille.fr
Jean-Claude Gaudin (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1939; Professor of History and Geography; Senator; Town and Country Planning Minister 1995-1997;
Party: UMP*
Montpellier
Popl: 211 00;
www.montpellier.fr/
Hélène Mandroux-Colas; (Ms) Elected 2004, 2008; Next elections 214 Born 1940; General Practitioner;
Party: PS*
Nantes
Popl: 252,000;
www.nantes.fr/
Jean-Marc Ayrault; (Mr) Elected 1989, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1950; German teacher; Member of Parliament since 1988; President of Nantes Métropole Urban District; President of Socialist Party Group in Parliament
Party: PS*
Nice
Popl: 346,000;
www.nice.fr/
Christian Estrosi; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 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*
Nîmes
Popl: 134,000;
www.nimes.fr/
Jean-Paul Fournier (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1945; Senator; President of Nîmes Métropole Urban District;
Party: UMP*
Paris
Population: 2,152,000;
www.paris.fr/
Bertrand Delanoë (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008. Will not run in 2014 Born 1950; Member of Parliament 1981-86; Senator 1995-2001;
Party: PS*
Reims
Popl: 185,000
www.ville-reims.fr/
Adeline Hazan; (Ms) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1956; Magistrate; President of Reims Métropole Urban District;
Party: PS*
Rennes
Popl: 204,000;
www.rennes.fr/
Daniel Delaveau; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1952; President of Rennes Métropole Urban District;
Party: PS*
Saint Etienne
Popl: 202,000;
www.saint-etienne.fr/
Maurice Vincent; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1955; PHD in Economics; President St Etienne University 1997-2002; President Saint-Etienne Métropole Urban District;
Party: PS*
Strasbourg
Popl: 256,000;
www.strasbourg.eu
Roland Ries; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1945; Senator;
Party: PS*
Toulon
Popl: 170,000;
www.toulon.com/
Hubert Falco; (Mr) Elected 2001, 2008; Next elections 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*
Toulouse
Popl: 366,000;
www.toulouse.fr
Pierre Cohen; (Mr) Elected 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1950; PHD in Information Technology; Research Engineer; Member of Parliament since 1997; President of Grand Toulouse Urban District;
Party: PS*
Tours
Popl: 133,000;
www.tours.fr/
Jean Germain; (Mr) Elected 1995, 2001, 2008; Next elections 2014 Born 1947; Lawyer; President Tours University 1988-93; President Tours Urban District;
Party: PS*
*PS: Parti Socialiste (Socialist Party) ; UMP: Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (Union for a Popular Movement) = Centre right party affiliated to the President Nicolas Sarkozy;








The winner of the 2012 World Mayor Prize amd other resuts were announced on 8 January 2013




Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris


Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille


Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille


Serge Godard, Mayor of Clermont Ferrand