Minister for the Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Affairs - France
Arnaud Montebourg trained as a lawyer and has been a member of the Socialist Party since 1985. Elected MP for the sixth district of Saône-et-Loire, from 1997 until 2012. As head of the Saône-et-Loire département Council starting in March 2008 until May 2012, he introduced a financial rescue package for the département, thus preventing it from being placed under State guardianship.
In November 2010, he became a candidate in the citizens’ primaries, organised to select the socialist candidate for the 2012 presidential election. He came in third, with 17.2% of the vote. During François Hollande’s presidential campaign, he represented the candidate in regions hard-hit by industrial decline.
He did not stand for re-election in the June 2012 legislative elections, and he resigned as Chair of the Saône-et-Loire Département Council, becoming a mere Council member.
On 16 May 2012, President Hollande, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, appointed Arnaud Montebourg Minister for Economic Regeneration.
Since April 2014, he has headed up the Ministry for the Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Affairs in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. He is actively pursuing a policy of reindustrialisation in order to safeguard France’s strategic interests. He is acutely aware of the need to restart growth in both France and Europe, and his economic vision is a balanced one that includes stimulation of both supply and demand as well as public deficit reduction.
La machine à trahir : Rapports sur le délabrement de nos institutions (Denoël, 2002)
La Constitution de la 6e République – Réconcilier les Français avec la démocratie, with Bastien François (Odile Jacob, 2005)
Des idées et des rêves (Flammarion, 2010)
Votez pour la démondialisation ! – La République plus forte que la mondialisation, foreword by Emmanuel Todd (Flammarion, 2011)
La Bataille du Made in France (Flammarion, 2013)