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Matthias Fekl

Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad.

Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad

Born in 1977 to a French mother and a German father, Matthias Fekl grew up in Berlin before pursuing his higher education in Paris.

From 2005 to 2010, he worked as an administrative magistrate and taught public law at Sciences Po, the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

From 2010 to 2011, he headed the Private Office of Mr Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the Socialist Party group in the French Senate, before becoming Adviser to the President of the Senate until 2012.

Alongside his professional activities, he was elected as a councillor in the town of Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne Department, in 2008, where he occupied the position of Deputy Mayor for Finance.

In 2010, he was elected Regional Councillor in Aquitaine and became Vice-President of the Region, with responsibility for economic development, employment and businesses.

During the June 2012 legislative elections, he beat the incumbent candidate and became the youngest National Assembly Deputy for the Aquitaine Region. Following his election, he applied the rule on non-accumulation of elected offices to himself, without waiting for the Act to pass or enter into force. He thus ceased to be a Councillor in Marmande and resigned as Vice-President of the Aquitaine Regional Council.

Matthias Fekl is a graduate of Sciences Po as well as an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), in Arts and Humanities, and of the French National School of Public Administration (ENA).

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