Christiane Taubira

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Christiane Taubira
Christiane Taubira par Claude Truong-Ngoc juin 2013.jpg
Minister of Justice
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2012
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded byMichel Mercier
Personal details
Born(1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 62)
Cayenne, French Guiana
Political partyWalwari
Other political
affiliations
Radical Party of the Left
 
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Christiane Taubira
Christiane Taubira par Claude Truong-Ngoc juin 2013.jpg
Minister of Justice
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2012
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded byMichel Mercier
Personal details
Born(1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 62)
Cayenne, French Guiana
Political partyWalwari
Other political
affiliations
Radical Party of the Left

Christiane Taubira or Christiane Taubira-Delannon (French pronunciation: ​[kʁis.tjan to.bi.ʁa] ; born 2 February 1952, Cayenne, French Guiana) is a French politician who on 15 May 2012, was appointed Minister of Justice of France in the new Ayrault government under President François Hollande.

She studied at Panthéon-Assas University.[1]

Having served as president of her party Walwari, Taubira from 1993 served as a deputy at the French National Assembly, and was re-elected in 1997. Non-affiliated in 1993, she then voted for the investiture of the conservative Edouard Balladur cabinet of ministers in 1993. In 1994, she became a Member of the European Parliament (MEP),[2][3] being the fourth on the Énergie Radicale list led by Bernard Tapie. In June 1997, she then joined the Socialist Party (PS), and then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (PS) commissioned her for a report on gold search in Guiana.

Christiane Taubira was the driving force behind a 21 May 2001 law that recognises the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity. In 2002, she was a Left Radical Party (PRG) candidate for the presidency, although she did not belong to the party. She gained 2.32% of the votes. After 2002, she became vice-president of the Left Radical Party. She was elected again as deputy on 16 June 2002, and joined the socialist group in the Assembly.

Nominated Minister of Justice in the Jean-Marc Ayrault government following the victory of François Hollande at the 2012 Presidential election, she was supposed to work with Junior Minister Delphine Batho. However, their relationship quickly deteriorated and they never were able to share responsibilities. After the June 2012 Legislative elections, Delphine Batho was nominated Minister of Ecology to replace Nicole Bricq, leaving Christiane Taubira in charge of the Ministry.

As Garde des Sceaux, Taubira argued for same-sex marriage; the right for homosexuals to marry in France. Her proposal was eventually adopted and called the "Taubira Law".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Faure, Sonya (13 June 2012). "La fusée Christiane". Libération (in French). 
  2. ^ "Christiane TAUBIRA-DELANNON". Your MEPs. European Parliament. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Tagliabue, John (3 April 2002). "France's First-Round Presidential Ballot Takes Shape". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michel Mercier
Minister of Justice
2012–present
Incumbent