Michel Delebarre

Michel Delebarre (born 27 April 1946) is a member of the Senate of France.[1] He represents the Nord department, and is a member of the Socialiste, radical, citoyen et divers gauche. He is also mayor of Dunkirk.[2]

Michel Delebarre
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Member of the Senate for Nord
In office
1 October 2011 – 1 October 2017
Preceded byPierre Mauroy
Succeeded byFrédéric Marchand
Mayor of Dunkirk
In office
Preceded byClaude Prouvoyeur
Succeeded byPatrice Vergriete
President of the Regional Council
of Nord-Pas-de-Calais
In office
Preceded byMarie-Christine Blandin
Succeeded byDaniel Percheron
Personal details
Born (1946-04-27) 27 April 1946 (age 74)
Bailleul, France
Political partySocialist Party

Michel Delebarre graduated with a degree in Geography. In 1982, he was appointed Head of Private Office for Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy. During François Mitterrand's Presidency he held several ministerial posts between 1984 and 1986 and between 1988 and 1993. His portfolios included: Labour, Social Affairs, Transport, and the Public Service. He was also appointed the first Minister for urban planning.

In 1989, Michel Delebarre was elected Mayor of Dunkirk (re-elected in 1995, 2001, 2008) and in 2002 he was elected as a member of the French National Assembly on behalf of the Parti Socialiste (re-elected in 2007). From 1998 to 2001 he was President of the Regional Council of "Nord-Pas-de Calais". From 1999 until 2008, Michel Delebarre chaired the largest French Association of Social Housing (Union Sociale pour l'Habitat) representing 820 local branches with a 5 mln rental housing stock.

Involved in the wiretap scandal (President François Mitterrand and Jean-Edern Hallier), he was condemned by justice in 2005.[3]

In February 2006 he was elected President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union (CoR). Between February 2008 and 2010, he was First Vice-President of the CoR.

Political careerEdit

Governmental functions

Minister of Labour, Employment, and Vocational training : 1984-1986.

Minister of Social Affairs and Employment : May–June 1988.

Minister of Transports and Sea : 1988-1989.

Minister of Equipment, Housing, Transport and the Sea : 1989-1990.

Minister of State, minister of City : 1990-1991.

Minister of State, minister for City and Planning : 1991-1992.

Minister of State, minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms : 1992-1993.

Electoral mandates

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Nord (French department) (13th constituency) : 1986-1988 (Became minister in 1988) / 1997-1998 (Resignation) / 2002-2011 (Elected senator). Elected in 1986, reelected in 1988, 1997, 2002, 2007.

Senate of France

Senator of Nord (departement) : Since 2011. Elected in 2011.

Regional Council

President of the Regional Council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais : 1998-2001 (Resignation).

Vice-president of the Regional Council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais : 1986-1998. Reelected in 1992.

Regional councillor of Nord-Pas-de-Calais : 1986-2002 (Resignation). Reelected in 1992, 1998.

Municipal Council

Mayor of Dunkerque : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.

Municipal councillor of Dunkerque : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.

Urban Community Council

President of the Urban Community of Dunkerque : Since 1995. Reelected in 2001, 2008.

Member of the Urban Community of Dunkerque : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.


  1. ^ "Assemblée nationale - Les députés : M. Michel Delebarre" (in French). Assemblée nationale.
  2. ^ "Site officiel de la Ville de Dunkerque: Les élus" (in French). Dunkirk town hall.
  3. ^ (in French)fr:Affaire des écoutes de l'Élysée