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Harlem Désir

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



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