Vincent Peillon

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Vincent Peillon
French Minister of National Education
In office
16 May 2012 – 31 March 2014
President François Hollande
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded by Luc Chatel
Succeeded by Benoît Hamon
Personal details
Born (1960-07-07) 7 July 1960 (age 53)
Suresnes, France
Nationality French
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Vincent Peillon. Image taken 21 April 2005

Vincent Benoît Camille Peillon (French pronunciation: ​[vɛ̃.sɑ̃ pɛ.jɔ̃] ; born 7 July 1960 in Suresnes) was Minister for Education in the French Government. He is a longstanding French politician and since 2004 has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West France (allied with the Socialist Party and the Party of European Socialists).


  • Highest postgraduate teaching qualification in Philosophy (1986)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (1992)
  • Lecturer in Philosophy (1984–1997)
  • Economic research director at the CNRS (national centre for scientific research) (2002–04)
  • Secretary of the Socialist Party's group of experts (1993–94)
  • Seconded to the First Secretary of the Socialist Party (1995–97)
  • National research secretary of the Socialist Party (1997–2000)
  • Socialist Party national spokesman (2000–02)
  • Member of the Socialist Party national bureau (since 1994)
  • Member of the National Assembly (1997–2002)
  • Chairman of the National Assembly's inquiry into money laundering (1999–2002)
  • Minister of National Education (since 2012)

Minister of Education

After the election of François Hollande, Vincent Peillon was appointed Minister of Education on May 16, 2012. The day after his nomination, he announced the end of the four-day week in primary education (introduced in 2008) for September 2013, and then the return to a five-day week. He also promised to recruit 40 000 new teachers in 2013.1

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