Harlem Désir

Minister of state for European affairs

Minister of state for European affairs

Born November 25th, 1959 in Paris

Minister of State

Minister of State for European affairs since April 2014

Elected office

  • Member of the European Parliament, from 1999 to 2014
  • Political carreer
  • First Secretary of the Socialist Party, from October 2012 to April 2014
  • Vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats Group at the European Parliament, in charge of economic and social issues, and international trade, from 2004 to 2009
  • Vice-president of the Delegation for relations with the United States at European Parliament, from 2002 to 2004
  • Member of the Socialist party National Office, in 1997
  • Member of the Socialist party National Council, in 1995
  • Other functions
  • President of "SOS Racisme", from 1984 to 1992
  • Member of National Office National Union of Students of France, from 1983 to 1984


Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne

Published works

  • Touche pas à mon pote, Grasset 1985
  • SOS Desirs, Calmann-Levy, 1987
  • Situation et devenir des associations à but humanitaire, 1994
  • De l’immigration à l’intégration : repérages, 1997