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Aurélie Filippetti

Aurélie FilippettiAurélie Filippetti, born the 17th of June 1973 in Villerupt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France is a French politician and novelist of Italian descent. Her family originates from Gualdo, Umbria. On the 16th of May 2012, she became Minister of Culture and Communication in the government of François Hollande. She was a delegate of the French Greens for the Paris municipality and acted as the technical adviser for the Minister of the Environment, Yves Cochet, from 2001 to 2002. She is member of the National Assembly of France, representing the Moselle département, and is a member of the Socialist Party. Aurélie is an alumnus of the elite École normale supérieure de Fontenay–Saint-Cloud where she received an agrégation in Classic Literature.

She stood as a candidate in the municipal elections in 1997 in the fifth arrondissement of Paris for environmentalists against Jean Tiberi. The short political career of Filippetti is peppered with incidents and letters that reveal to her supporters the strength of her character. This young woman does not mince words about the sometimes taboo subjects in her party. She was thus the first person in 2008 to discuss the behavior problems attributed to Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his dealings with women. The French may have lately begun to include sexy women in their politics, but by no means are these women lacking in intelligence and substance.

Aurélie FilippettiAurélie is the daughter of Angelo Filippetti, the former substantive communist mayor of Audun-le-Tiche, a small town in Moselle, from 1983 to 1992 and General Counsel from 1979 to 1985. She is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants who came to work in the mines in Lorraine. Filippetti told the story in her first novel, The Last Days of the Working Class published in 2003, about how her grandfather, a Nazi resistor, was arrested by the Gestapo at the bottom of the mine, and then deported to a concentration camp with two of his brothers by the Nazis. This first novel Les derniers jours de la classe Ouvrière (English: The Lasts Days of the Working Class) was published by Stock in 2003 and has been translated into several languages.

She also evokes the memory of the workers being decommissioned from the working world after the closure of mines and steel mills in Lorraine. Educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, Aurélie is an Associate of Classics and before her debut in politics she taught as a professor of literature at the Academy of Versailles including the college Joliot-Curie Nanterre to Soisy-sous-Montmorency and the Lycee Pasteur in Neuilly-sur-Seine. She has a daughter who was born in 1998 and is the wife of Frédéric de Saint-Sernin.

Aurélie FilippettiIn 2003, Filippetti wrote the script for the theatre production Fragments d'humanité and she has published another novel in 2006, A Man In The Pocket while continuing her political career. She was a delegate of the French Greens Party for the Paris municipality and acted as the technical adviser for the Minister of the Environment, Yves Cochet, from 2001 to 2002. After a stint in the office of Yves Cochet of the Environmental Ministry at the end of the Jospin government, the young Filippetti leaves the Greens Party where she was elected in 2006 to join the Party Sociale where she supported Ségolène Royal in the 2007 presidential election, the candidate in the European elections on a regional list of the Northeast, as the Special Advisor on environment, culture, education and social issues.

Candidate for the European elections in June 2009, she was third on the list led by Catherine Trautmann in the eastern district. She was president from 2005 to May of 2012 of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Festival of Marseille. She supported François Hollande for the Socialist presidential primary of 2011 and following the victory of the latter is integrated into his campaign team, responsible for Culture. In November 2011 it was besieged by the militant socialists of one re riding Moselle as a candidate in parliamentary elections, with alternate Gérard Terrier.

Aurélie FilippettiWhen the appointment of government of Jean-Marc Ayrault, on May 16th, 2012, she became Minister of Culture and Communication. She is re-elected MP on June 17th, 2012 with 59.04% of the votes in the 1st district of the Moselle as the 8th district of Moselle was removed by the 2010 redistricting.It is extended in the second government of Jean-Marc Ayrault, and she must therefore abandon her parliamentary mandate as it is incompatible with a government function, one month after her appointment.

Her deputy Gérard Terrier takes the seat in the National Assembly from the 22nd of July 2012. But as Gerard Terrier - Mayor of Maizières-lès-Metz and General Counsel of the Moselle must by law give up one of his local mandates, so he gives his seat in the General Council of Moselle to his deputy, Aurélie Filippetti, which is now general counsel of the canton of Maizières-lès-Metz. Now as Minister of Culture and Communication, Filippetti announces her priorities: a bill ensuring the protection of journalists' sources of information, an overhaul of the Hadopi law, the "security" funding of public broadcasting and the end of the appointment of heads of public broadcasters by the President. The Hadopi law is a law promoting the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet.

Aurélie FilippettiAurélie is a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the committee responsible for the implementation of Article 26 of the Constitution, Member of the group of international study and chairs the committee of the Burma group. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Agency for the Improvement of Working Temporary Assignments.

Between the 1930s and 1990s, the presence of women in the French government was more ephemeral and was confined to positions of minor importance. Between 1946 and 1958, only three women were appointed to the government and at the beginning of the Fifth Republic and the presidencies of Charles de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou , between 1958 and 1974, only three women got ministerial positions, but only as state secretaries. Thus, for twenty-six years, from 1948 to 1974, the French government had no women ministers. It was President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing who first, in 1974, made a major change. In his conception of politics on which he campaigned, he heard the women's demands and appointed ministers and women, as Simone Veil for Health , or the head of institutions - Jacqueline Harness became CEO of Radio France.

It could be noted that at this time, except for Gisèle Halimi and Anne Zelensky, many feminists did not defend women's access to these political positions. But in 1974, a Secretariat of State for the Status of Women was created, occupied by Françoise Giroud between July 1974 and August 1976 in the first government of Jacques Chirac, where she launched "one hundred and one measures" for women including implementation of rights for women, fight against discrimination, opening trades called masculine and other measures. Even though François Mitterrand , the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, appointed a greater number of women in ministerial positions, even though they remained a small minority. The departments they generally are appointed to are away from the inner circle of power.

Aurélie Filippetti"Equality between men and women has progressed when we appoint to a political office a woman as competent as a man. - Françoise Giroud

Although François Mitterrand, the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, appointed a greater number of women in ministerial positions, they remained a small minority in departments that were away from the inner circle of power. Questiaux Nicole is appointed Minister of State in 1981, but for a position typically feminine at National Solidarity. Indeed, so far, women ministers see their responsibilities associated with issues most of the time regarded as being suited more to their kind such as Health, Social Affairs, Childhood issues and others that are similar. In 1981 still, Édith Cresson's Prime Minister appointed a position typically masculine, the Minister of Agriculture to a woman, but this choice is frowned upon in farming and her move to the head of the ministry "goes wrong". In 1991, the latter became Prime Minister, but must suffer from a lack of support from his fellow socialists and some unpopularity that causes him to be thanked quickly after one year. After the 2012 presidential election , which saw the socialist François Hollande become president and Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Prime Minister, they composed a government in which parity is respected. Out of a total of 34 ministers, 17 of these are women, including Christiane Taubira - Minister of Justice occupying a five sovereign ministries. Although the male to female ratio has parity among ministers and deputy ministers, the most important ministries are still headed mostly by men, with the exception of Justice and, to a lesser extent, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. These are the ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Interior, the Economy, the Defense and the Ministry of National Education.

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