Michel SAPIN

Former Minister of Economy and Finance - France

Born in 1952, Michel Sapin is a French politician and former minister. His education has been made in the School of Higher Education for Civil Servants (Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm) and the French National School of Administration (ENA). In 1975, he joins the French Social-democratic Party, le PS, and wins his very first election in 1981, at only 29 years old. Elected five times as a representative in the National Assembly, he was twice elected its vice-president. From 1988 to 1991, he was president of the Law Commission.

Starting in 1991 under the presidency of François Mitterand, he will assume a number of offices as a minister : first appointed as the deputy Minister of Justice, he will later become the one for Economy and Finance. Under the Lionel Jospin administration in 2000, he is appointed as the Minister of Public Service and State Reform. In 2012, François Hollande designates him, first, as his Minister of Labour and Labour Relations, then as his Minister of Finance in 2014 — he will eventually become Minister of Economy and Finance.

Still very much devoted to the land of his ancestors, the Indre County, and his town Argenton-sur-Creuse, Michel Sapin will be its mayor from 1995 to 2014, and will be twice elected as the president of its region, la Région Centre (1998-2004). Both as an MP and as a minister, he spearheaded a number of laws, such as the ‘Loi Sapin’ (January 1993) and the ‘Loi Sapin 2’ (December 2016). The latters have the purpose to tackle corruption and promote transparency in the economic field.



Vouloir faire disparaitre la corruption serait une utopie sympathique mais inefficace, comme vouloir supprimer la malhonnêteté ou, plus irréaliste encore, vouloir faire disparaitre la bêtise humaine ! Mais vouloir faire disparaitre toute tolérance face à la corruption, et la combattre résolument, voilà une nécessité absolue. Il en va aussi bien du point de vue moral, comme du point de vue démocratique ou du point de vue économique.

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