Jacques Barrot

Jacques Barrot [ ʒak baʀo ] ( born February 3, 1937 in Yssingeaux ) is a French politician and former European Commissioner for Justice and Vice President of the European Commission.

Political career in France

Barrot is a lawyer and sociologist. From 1976 to 1986 he was a member of the regional parliament of Auvergne. From 1989 to 2001 he was mayor of Yssingeaux. From 1976 to 2004 was also Chairman of the Council of the Haute -Loire.

Jacques Barrot was from 1967 to 2004 member of the French National Assembly for the region of Haute -Loire. From 1986 to 1988 he was Chairman of the Committee on Culture, 1993-1995 Head of the Finance Committee.

From 1974 to 1981 and from 1995 to 1997 he was a member of the French government. From 1974 to 1978 Housing, 1977 to 1978 and for spatial planning. From 1978 to 1979, trade and craft as well as 1979-1981 for Health and Social Security. For Labour and Social Affairs, he was responsible from 1995 to 1997.

Barrot was for several years Secretary of the Centre of démocrates sociaux (CDS). From 1991 to 1993 was Barrot leader of the Union du center in the National Assembly, from then to 1995, deputy leader of the Union pour la démocratie française (UDF). From 2002 to 2004 he was president of the Union pour un mouvement populaire Group.

In 2000, he was convicted by a French court for misappropriation of 2 million of state funds for the benefit of his party to a suspended sentence of the eighth month.

Political career in the European Union

In April 2004, he joined the successor to Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Regional Policy. In the Commission under Barroso in November 2004, he was Vice President and initially responsible for transport. For this he received in 2013 serving European Railway Award. From May 2008 to February 2010 he was Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security. Caused a sensation in the publication of a previous conviction Barrots because of the misappropriation of party funds by Nigel Farage.

Private life

Jacques Barrot is married and has three children.


  • " L'Europe n'est pas ce que vous Croyez ', 2007, ISBN 2-226-17601-2.
  • " De l' indignation à l' engagement: Foi et politique ", 2012, Jacques Barrot et Christophe Bellon, ISBN 2-204-09518-4.