Born on January 25, 1950, in Maulévrier (Maineet-Loire), Jean-Marc Ayrault was appointed Prime Minister of France on May 15, 2012, by the President of the Republic of France, François Hollande.
A member of the Socialist Party, Jean-MarcAyrault was the Mayor of the city of Nantes(Loire-Atlantique) from 1989 to 2012. He was also the leader of the Socialist Party in theNational Assembly for three terms between 1997and 2012.
Mr. Ayrault started his political career as the Mayor of Saint-Herblain (Loire-Atlantique) from 1977 to 1989. In 1976, he was elected as General Councillor of Loire-Atlantique, a position that he held until 1982. He served as representative of the Loire-Atlantique departement to the National Assembly from 1986 to 1988 and as representative of Loire-Atlantique’s third constituency from 1988 to 2012.
In 1992, Mr. Ayrault was elected President of the agglomerated area of Nantes Métropole. In 2001, he was elected President of the Urban Community of Nantes Metropole. He left this position in May 2012 to take office as Prime Minister.
Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault has a degree in German and a CAPES degree, which is a French degree by virtue of which he can teach German.
Mr. Ayrault has been married to Brigitte Terrien since 1971. They have two daughters: Ysabelle and Elise.