H.E. Francois Fillon

Former Prime Minister of France

HE François Fillonserved as Prime Minister of France from 2007 to 2012. François Fillon studied at the University of Maine in Le Mans where he received a Masters Degree in Public Law in 1997. He subsequently received a Masters of Advanced Studies in Public Law from Paris Descartes University. He become a member of the National Assembly for Sarthe in 1981 and served a Mayor of Sable-sur-Sarthe for 18 years. He worked his way up through the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party and held a number of key ministerial roles, including: Minister of Higher Education and Research; Minister of Information Technologies and Posts; Minister responsible for Posts, Telecommunications and Space; Minister of Social Affairs, and Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research. When Nicolas Sarkozy become President of France in 2007, he appointed Mr Fillon as Prime Minister , charging him with the task of forming a new cabinet. Mr Fillon continued in that role until May 2012. Since his retirement from politics, Mr Fillon has participated in many significant events, conferences and seminars internationally. He has had several speaking engagements at a wide variety of universities, notably at the London School of Economics, speaking mainly on politics and education.