Worldwide Guide to Women
France Local Leaders
Also see France Ministers
A large number of women has been vice-Presidents of the various Councils and Under-Préfets. They are not listed on this page.
1945-48 Vice-President of the Council of Paris
Marie Hélène Lefaucheaux
She was Vice-President of the National Assembly 1959-65, born Postel Vinay, and lived (1904-64)
1949-55 Vice-President of the Conseil of Paris
Nicole de Hauteclocque
1972-73 President of the Council of Paris
1977-? Deputy Mayor of Paris
Conservative MP 1968-81, Senator 1986-93. Widow of Count Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (Maréchal Leclerc), a prominent general during WWII (1902-47), and lived (1913-93).
1970-82 President of the General Council Evelyne Baylet, Torn-et-Garonne
1974 Sous-Préfète Florence
The first woman
1979-81 Sous-Préfète Marie-Françoise Haye-Guillard, Châteaudun
1992-96 Préfète of Chantal
1996-99 Préfète of Cher
1999-2001 Préfète of Charente
2001-2004 Préfète of Côtes-d'Armor
In 2004 she became Prefect without posting
1979-84 Sous-Préfète Hélène Blanc,
1984-.. Préfète of Cantal
Until 1989 Préfète of l'Orne
1989-91 Préfète of Sarthe
1991-? Préfète of Haut-Rhin
Yvette Chassange, Loir-et-Cher
Mayor of Cour des comptes 1979-80. She lived (1922-2007).
1982-85 President of the General Council Luchette Michaux-Cheruy, Guadeloupe
1983 President of the Regional Council
1993-2004 President of the General Council
1985-86 Sous-Préfète Beatrice Marre, Château-Chinau
1986-88 Sous-Préfète Colette Horel, Châteaudun
1991-95 Préfète of Meuse, Region Lorraine
1995-96 Préfète of Nièvre
1997-2002 Préfète and Secretary General of the Préfeture of Paris
1991-2010 President of the General Council Comtesse Anne d'Ornano, Calvados
1996-2002 Préfète of the Region Lorraine and the Department of Moselle, Coordinating Préfète of the Rhin-Meusse Bassin
1996-2004 Préfète of the Defence Zone of the East
2002-2004 Préfète of the Region of Bretagne and Préfète d'Ille-et-Vilaine
Former postings as Sous-Préfet.
1992-98 President of the Regional Council Marie-Christine Blandin, Nord-Pas-De-Calais
1992-98 President of the General Council Janine Bardou,
Department of Lozère
Senator 1994-2001 until she resigned because of ill health. (b. 1927-).
1992-98 President of the Regional Council Margie Sudre, Réunion
1993-96 Préfète Catherine Delmas-Comolli , Loir-et-Cher, Region Centre
2006- Préfète of Ardennes
1993-95 Sous-préfète Marcelle Pierrot, Lunéville
2000-03 Sous-préfèt d’Arles
2006-07 Delegate Prefect in charge of Equality by the Prefect of the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur
2007-09 Prefect of Lot
2009-11 Prefect of Tarn
2011-13 Prefect of Vosges
2013- Prefect of Guadaloupe
Held a number of other administrative posts. (b. 1949-)
1996-98 Préfète Janine Pichon, Gers
1998-99 Préfète of Mayenne
1996-99 Préfète Elisabeth Allaire, Haute Marne
1999-2005 Préfète of Sarthe
2005- Préfète of Morbihan
Anne-Marie Escoffier, Aveyron
2002 Préfète of L'Yonne
1999-2000 Préfète Anne Merloz, Haute-Saône
2000-02 Préfète of Lot-et-Garonne
2002-06 Préfète of Cher
2006- Préfète of Saône-et-Loir
1999-2004 President of
the General Council Anne-Marie Comparini, the Department
2000-02 Préfète Anne Boquet, l'Indre
2005-08 High Commissioner of French Polynesia
2008- Préfète of Yvelines
2001-04 Préfète Chantal Jourdan,
2004-07 Préfète of l'Aveyron
She was Sous-Préfète of Val-de-Marne 1998-2001 (b. 1945-).
2002-04 President of the Regional Council Elisabeth Morin,
Former vice-President, she took office when her predecssor, Refarin, became Premier Ministre of France.
2004-05 Préfète Anne-Marie
High-ranking civil servant in regional and provincial governments.
2004- President of the Regional
Council, Ségolène Royal, Poitou-Charentes (France)
Minister of Environment 1992-93, 1994-95 President of National Council of the Socialist Party, 1997-2000 Minister-Delegate of National Education, Technology and Science, 2000-02 Minister-Delegate of Family and Childhood. (b. 1953-).
President of the General Council Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont,
Department of Haute-Vienne
Vice-President of the Grand Conceil 1992-2001, Vice-President 1997-98 and Secretary of the National Assembly 1998-2004. (b. 1949-).
President of the General Council Nassimah Magnolia
Vice-President of the Regional Council 2001-04, Presidential Advisor from 2008. (b. 1960-).
2005- Préfète Evelyne Ratte of
2007- Regional Préfète of Limousin
Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence 2002-05. (b. 1937-)
Former Sous -Préfète of Commercy
2007- Préfète Béatrice Abollivier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Former high ranking civil servant and ministerial political advisor
2007- Préfète Fabienne Buccio, Mayenne
Former de sous-préfète de Bayeux and presidential advisor. (b. 1959-)
2008 Acting President of the Regional Council Marie-Marguerite Dufay,
1. Vice-president through a number of years, she took over when her predecessor died in office and later elected to the post.
2008-11 President of the General Council Josette Durrieu,
She was Vice-President 1998-2002 and from 2008, Senator, Vice-President of the Nato Parliamentary Assembly and many other posts. (b. 1937-).
2008- Préfète Joëlle Le Mouël, departament Jura
2009 Acting President of the General Council Christine Boutin,
Yvelines ormer municipal and regional
councillor, former mayor and deputy mayor, Vice-President of the Grand Council
of Yvelines 1994-2009 and Acting President May-July 2009, MP 1986-2007, Minister
of Housing 2007-09 (b. 1944-)
ormer municipal and regional councillor, former mayor and deputy mayor, Vice-President of the Grand Council of Yvelines 1994-2009 and Acting President May-July 2009, MP 1986-2007, Minister of Housing 2007-09 (b. 1944-)
2010 Acting President of the Regional Council Josiane Collerais, Region Languedoc-Roussillon
2010- President of the
General Council Hermeline Malherbe-Laurent, The
Department of Pyenées-Oales
She was member from 2008 and Vice-President in 2010. (b. 1969-)
2011-12 President of the General
Council Marisol Touraine,
The Department of Indre-et-Loire
Member of the General Council since 1998 and 2. Vice-President from 2008. Also Socialist MP from 2007. (b. 1959-).
Last update 31.01.13