Jean-Pierre Jouyet, 54, a former head of cabinet for Jacques Delors, now junior minister for European affairs in the Sarkozy government, has criss-crossed Europe to sell the French presidency.
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A junior minister in charge of European affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet is President Nicolas Sarkozy’s best asset as
The polished 54-year-old is popular in
“If Jouyet didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him,” a high ranking European Commission official said.
The former Jacques Delors’ head of cabinet in
To those who argue that he is little known from the public, he answers that he sees himself more like a teacher and less like a star. ‘I’m here to serve the European cause,” he said. “My own degree of notoriety has little to do with it.”
Since he arrived in the government, he has spent more time in
Freedom of speech
But Jouyet isn’t silent and keeps his freedom of speech for European affairs
On his blog and in the media, he has had some harsh words for certain presidential advisers who sometimes tarnished the Franco-German relations. And German officials are full of praise for the man who managed to defuse the polemic on the Mediterranean Union between
Whereas the initial plan limited the participation to countries neighboring the
For this Europhile at heart, the Irish’no’ to the Lisbon Treaty on June 12 was a serious blow. He initially said he was ‘in pieces’ upon hearing the result, a term he then took out from his declaration under the pressure of the Elysee.
An unusual curriculum
The former finance official calls himself a Socialist “by friendship.” Sarkozy “doesn’t have anything to do with the caricature people make of him, Jouyet often lamented during the presidential campaign.
The son of a notary, Jouyet is a committed catholic who grew up in
In 1998, he joined Jacques Delors, one of his mentors, first as his adviser in
Enjoying the rank of director of the General Inspection of Finance, he would have become the vice general director of French utility company EDF last year, if Sarkozy hadn’t called him.
Date created : 2008-06-28