François de Rugy
|Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition|
4 September 2018 - 16 July 2019
|President of the National Assembly|
27 June 2017 - 4 September 2018
|Member of the National Assembly|
for Loire-Atlantique's 1st constituency
20 June 2007 - 5 October 2018
|Jean-Pierre Le Ridant|
|Born||6 December 1973|
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France
|Political party||PÉ (2015-present)|
The Greens (1997-2010)
Séverine Servat (m. 2017)
|Alma mater||Paris Institute of Political Studies|
François Henri Goullet de Rugy (born 6 December 1973 in Nantes, France) is a French politician who served as President of the National Assembly (i.e., speaker) from 2017 to 2018, and Ecology Minister from 2018 to 2019.
Since 2007 he has represented the Loire-Atlantique department, originally as a member of the Democratic and Republican Left, a parliamentary group that includes his former political party Europe Ecology - The Greens. In 2015 he joined the Ecologist Party and later La République En Marche parliamentary group.
He resigned as a minister in July 2019 after allegations of excessive spending of public funds for private use.
First elected at the 2007 French legislative election, he was re-elected in 2012, he was elected Co-President of the ecologist parliamentary group, in association with Barbara Pompili. In 2015, he broke with EELV to form his own party, the Ecologist Party, which supported the administration of François Hollande. In 2016, he entered the Socialist Party presidential primary in which he secured 3.82% of votes in the first round, outstripping polls. Though he promised to support the winner of the primary, he reneged on that commitment in late February, instead backing Emmanuel Macron over primary winner Benoît Hamon, and was subsequently invested by En Marche! in the legislative election.
On 4 September 2018, François de Rugy was appointed Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition in the second Philippe government. He replaced Nicolas Hulot who had announced his resignation on 28 August 2018 on France Inter.
In July 2019, online French magazine Mediapart revealed that EUR63,000 of public money had been spent on refurbishment of his Paris apartment (including EUR19,000 on a dressing room), and published photographs of lobster and champagne dinners. On 16 July 2019, Rugy resigned as Ecology Minister.
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