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FRANCOIS FILLON
Minister for National Education,Higher Education and Research

Born on March 4, 1954 in Le Mans
Married Penelope Clarke in 1980
Four children: Marie, Charles, Antoine and Edouard

François Fillon studied at the University of Maine (Le Mans), then at René Descartes University in Paris and the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques. He has a master's degree in public law and a diploma in applied public law and political science.

Elective offices

He became a member of Sablé-sur-Sarthe Municipal Council in 1983, a town of which he was to be mayor until his election to Solesme Municipal Council in March 2001. Concurrently, he was elected to Sarthe General Council (Sablé canton) in 1981 and was its chairman between 1992 and 1998. Since 1998, he has been chairman of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council. He was also a deputy in the National Assembly from 1981 to 1993 and was re-elected in 1997 (Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) group).

Former ministerial offices

In 1993 he became Minister of Higher Education and Research in Edouard Balladur's government, then Minister for Information Technology and the Post Office in 1995 and was Minister Delegate with responsibility for the Post Office, Telecommunications and Space between 1995 and 1997.

Political offices

He was Spokesman for the RPR's executive committee in 1998, then its political adviser from 1999 to 2001.

Minister of Social Affairs, Labor and Solidarity from 2002 to 2004

Source: Prime Minister's website

Embassy of France in the United States - March 31, 2004