Xavier Bertrand

Xavier Bertrand ( born March 21, 1965 in Châlons -sur -Marne département Marne ) is a French politician ( UMP).

From May 18 2007 to 15 January 2009, he was Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Solidarity in the government of François Fillon, on 15 November 2010, he was again until May 16, 2012 as the Minister of Labour, Employment and Health been appointed to the Cabinet of Prime Minister François Fillon.


1981, at the age of 16 years, Xavier Bertrand joined - contrary to the prevailing after Mitterrand's election victory so-called " pink wave " - the conservative opposition party RPR at. After studying law, he worked in the insurance industry, but turned again soon to politics. On 20 March 1989 he was elected to the city council of Saint- Quentin ( Aisne department in Picardy ), was deputy mayor, remained a member of the City Council until 18 June 1995 earned on the basis of his first political laurels. 23 March 1998 to 29 July 2002, he was a member of the Conseil Général of the Département Aisne.

After the French presidential election in 2002, Bertrand was elected to the " blue wave" as the UMP candidate on June 16, 2002 in the National Assembly. He sat down in the second round with 56.96 percent of the vote against a candidate of the Socialist Party through.

The following year, he commissioned Alain Juppé, a France - Tour ( "Tour de France " ) to organize, in which he should explain to voters Juppé's controversial pension reform. The implementation of this task increased Bertrand's reputation and influence within the UMP.

2004 Bertrand was appointed in the Raffarin government as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health. Under the direction of the (then) Minister of Health Minister Philippe Douste -Blazy, he took the health insurance reform in attack.

When President Jacques Chirac, Dominique de Villepin commissioned after the resignation Raffarin with the formation of a new government, Xavier Bertrand was appointed Minister of Health and Social Affairs. At the beginning of his mandate, he has to deal with a chikungunya epidemic on the island of La Réunion and react to an incipient heat wave. In addition, he pushed through the ban on smoking in public places.

On 29 November 2006 told Bertrand that he would support the presidential candidacy of Nicolas Sarkozy and was on 15 January 2007 spokesman for the presidential election campaign. On 26 March 2007 Bertrand left the government in order to devote himself entirely to the now -election campaign of Sarkozy can.

On 18 May 2007, he was appointed Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Solidarity in François Fillon's government. A post he held until the government reshuffle on January 15, 2009.

On 5 December 2008, Bertrand was first provisionally secrétaire général pour un mouvement populaire the Union and officially elected to this office on 24 January 2009. After joining the Fillon government he laid down this office on November 17, 2010. His successor was Jean- Francois Cope.

On 15 November 2010 he was appointed Minister of Labour, Employment and Health again in the government of Prime Minister François Fillon.

Private life

Xavier Bertrand is married and has three children. He is a member of the Federation of the Freemasons.