Cécile Duflot

Cécile Duflot
Cécile Duflot
National Secretary of Europe Écologie–The Greens
Assumed office
16 November 2006
Preceded by Yann Wehrling
Personal details
Born 1 April 1975 (1975-04-01) (age 36)
Political party Europe Écologie–The Greens

Cécile Duflot (born 1 April 1975 in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges)[1] is a French politician. She is Party Secretary (i.e. leader) of Europe Écologie–The Greens, a position she has held since November 2006 and is, with Jean-Luc Bennahmias, the only Green leader to have served two consecutive terms (although Dominique Planck served three non-consecutive ones).



The eldest daughter of a railway unionist and a physics and chemistry teacher (who was herself also a unionist),[2] Cécile Duflot spent her childhood and adolescence in district of Montereau-Surville before returning to her native town, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, in the early 1990s. She is a town planner by profession, a graduate of the ESSEC (top French Business School), and holds a master's degree in Geography.[1]

Her first activist commitments were in the Jeunesse ouvrière chrétienne ("Young Christian Workers")[3] and the Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux ("Birds' Protection League").[4]

A divorcee,[5] Cécile Duflot is the mother of three girls and a boy in a reformed family.[1][6] She still works in social housing.[7]

Political career

After joining The Greens in 2001, she stood in the municipal elections at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges that same year.[7] She became an opposition municipal councillor in the town in June 2004.[2]

In 2003, she joined the electoral college of the Greens;[2] she organised the acquisition of their national headquarters.[3] She became spokesperson for the party in January 2005. That same year on World Water Day, she swam in the Seine in Paris with three other members of the electoral college to denounce river pollution in France and to match Jacques Chirac's promise, when he was Mayor of Paris, to swim in the Seine.[8]

On 16 November 2006 she was elected National Secretary of the Conseil National Inter Régional, succeeding Yann Wehrling.[7] At the age of 31, she was the youngest ever National Secretary of the Greens.[7]

At the end of 2006, she stood for the party's primary to nominate the presidential candidate for the French presidential election, 2007. Earning 23.29 % of the vote, she came third after Dominique Voynet and Yves Cochet, and did not qualify for the second round.

In the 2007 legislative elections, she was the Green Party candidate in the third district of Val-De-Marne and gained 3.55 % of the vote.

In March 2008 during the municipal elections at Villeneuve-St-Georges, she came in second place on a unified ticket of the PS, the MRC, the PRG and the Greens after socialist Laurent Dutheil.[9] The ticket earned 24.36 %.

On 6 December 2008, introducing a motion synthesizing four of the six activists' voting slips three weeks earlier, she was re-offered the post of National Secretary of the Greens with 70.99% of the votes.[10] With Jean-Luc Benhamias, she is the only secretary to be offered a second consecutive term,[1] Dominique Plancke having completed three terms of one year.[11]

During her first term, she worked to establish Europe Écologie[1] for the European Elections of 2009.[12] She is not eligible as a candidate in this body, preferring to focus on her mandate as National Secretary.[13] On August 25, 2009, Cecile Duflot announced her candidacy for president of the regional council of Ile de France on the French regional elections which will be held in 2010.

In 2010, she along with Monica Frassoni, Renate Künast, and Marina Silva were named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers[14], for taking Green mainstream.


Translator's note: These are in French.

  1. ^ a b c d e (French) Catherine Simon, « Cécile Duflot, l'ouverture en Vert », Le Monde, 20 January 2009
  2. ^ a b c (French) « Numéro vert » by Sabrina Champenois, Libération, 10 January 2007
  3. ^ a b (French) Dossier de presse : « Présentation des candidat(e)s Vert(e)s en Basse-Normandie »PDF (238 KB) (2007 legislative elections), on the official site of the Verts de Basse-Normandie
  4. ^ (French) « Elle s'enracine chez les Verts », Ouest-France, 8 December 2008
  5. ^ (French) « Portrait de Cécile Duflot »PDF on the website for the Verts de Loire-Atlantique
  6. ^ (French) Municipal election campaign site 2008
  7. ^ a b c d (French) Marie Quenet, « Duflot, l'inconnue réélue », Le Journal du Dimanche, 7 December 2008
  8. ^ (French) Matthieu Durand, « Les Verts se baignent dans la Seine » on the official site for La Chaîne Info, 22 March 2005
  9. ^ (French) Liste « Villeneuve en mouvement » au premier tour des élections municipales de 2008 sur le site officiel du ministère de l'Intérieur
  10. ^ (French) « Cécile Duflot réélue secrétaire nationale des Verts », Le Nouvel observateur, 6 décembre 2008
  11. ^ Yves Frémion, 2007
  12. ^ (French) « Profil de Cecile Duflot » sur le site officiel d'Europe Écologie
  13. ^ (French) Rodolphe Geisler, « Duflot : "Les Verts ont encore une raison d'être" », Le Figaro, 5 December 2008
  14. ^ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/11/29/the_fp_top_100_global_thinkers?page=0,30


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