Delphine Batho

Delphine Batho
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Delphine Batho in 2015
Member of the National Assembly for Deux-Sèvres's 2nd constituency
Assumed office
2 August 2013
Preceded byJean-Luc Drapeau
In office
20 June 2012 – 21 July 2012
Preceded byJean-Luc Drapeau
Succeeded byJean-Luc Drapeau
In office
20 June 2007 – 16 June 2012
Preceded bySégolène Royal
Succeeded byJean-Luc Drapeau
Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
In office
22 June 2012 – 2 July 2013
Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded byNicole Bricq
Succeeded byPhilippe Martin
Minister Delegate for Justice
In office
16 May 2012 – 18 June 2012
Prime MinisterFunction created
Preceded byFunction deleted
Succeeded byPhilippe Martin
Personal details
Born (1973-03-23) 23 March 1973 (age 47)
Paris, France
Political partyEcology Generation (since 2018)
Other political
Socialist Party (until 2018)
Political group:
Ecology Democracy Solidarity (2020)
EducationLycée Henri-IV

Delphine Batho (born 23 March 1973 in Paris) is a French politician, member of the National Assembly and former Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Activist youth at FIDL and SOS Racisme

President of the FIDL

Batho began her militant activity in the high-school students' union FIDL (Fédération indépendante et démocratique lycéenne) while attending the Lycée Henri-IV in Paris. She was elected president of the union in 1990 and became well known for her activism on behalf of students' rights and for the means to study. Following nearly two months of strikes the movement obtained from Lionel Jospin, the Minister for Education, a pledge to spend 4.5 million francs[1] on renovating high schools and to protect certain student rights.[2] In 1992 she left high school, and thus the FIDL, to study history.

Vice-President of SOS Racisme

Batho joined the anti-racist movement SOS Racisme and when its leadership was renewed in September 1992 Fodé Sylla, aged 29, became president and Batho, a representative of the "second generation SOS" in the words of Le Monde,[3] was elected vice-president.

Political career

Career in the Socialist Party

Batho joined the French Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste – PS) in the mid-1990s as a militant in the Grigny (Essonne) section. She participated, together with Julien Dray, in the party's Socialist Left tendency. At the party's Grenoble Congress she was elected to the national executive committee of the PS. In 2003, during the breakup of the socialist left, she remained loyal to Dray, who employed her at the Île-de-France Regional Council, where she was responsible for security matters. In 2004 she became National Secretary of the PS in charge of security, where she defended the policy of preventative sanctions.

Her thoughts on security matters were taken into account by Ségolène Royal, the PS's candidate in the French Presidential Election of 2007, who incorporated them into her "just order".[4]

Batho declared her intention to be a candidate for the leadership of the Socialist Party at the Aubervilliers Congress in 2018,[5] but her application was ultimately rejected due to a lack of support.[6] Batho announced in an interview published on 2 May 2018 that she was quitting the Socialist Party to become president of Ecology Generation, and would also quit the New Left group in the National Assembly.[7]

Member of the National Assembly, 2007–2012

Delphine Batho in 2013

In the parliamentary elections of 2007, Batho was the PS's candidate in the 2nd constituency of Deux-Sèvres, which Ségolène Royal had represented before running in the presidential election of that year. In the PS internal nomination contest, she received 54.75% of the vote as against 45.25% for Éric Gauthier, Royal's former substitute.

In the first round of the elections, held on 10 June, she received 20,690 votes (a 44.55% share), ahead of the second-placed Jean-Pierre Griffault, who received 16,131 votes (34.73%) for the UMP. In the second, run-off round, Griffault gained a 42.58% share (19,669 votes), and Batho was elected with 57.42% of the total ballot (26,524 votes).

Batho served as Royal's spokesperson in 2009 for the 2011 French Socialist Party presidential primary, alongside Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.[8]

In the legislative elections of 2012, Batho was re-elected in the first round with 53.18% of the votes cast in the 2nd constituency of Deux-Sèvres, modified following the redistribution of the French legislative constituencies in 2010. After her election as president of Ecology Generation, she left the New Left group in the National Assembly and joined the non-registered.

Career in government, 2012–2013

On 16 May 2012, Batho was appointed Minister Delegate for Justice. During the legislative elections, she was re-elected as a deputy in the first round. Without sufficiently precise attributions within the Ayrault I government, and after a month of difficult relations with her supervising minister, she obtained the full-service portfolio of Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy on 21 June 2012 in the Ayrault government composed after the legislative elections.

Under Batho's leadershop, a law was revised to revise the mining lawon the exploitation of conventional hydrocarbons, as well as another giving the State, like EDF, the power to decide the closure of nuclear power plants, the first to be that of Fessenheim. She supports the decision to continue building an airport at Notre-Dame-des Landes.[9]

On 2 July 2013 the President of the Republic announced that he was terminating Batho's duties as Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy following an interview in which she described as "bad "The 2014 budget of his ministry and admitted" [his] disappointment with the government ".[10]

On 4 July 2013, at a press conference, she said: I did not make a mistake or a mistake. The government, she adds, marks a turning point in terms of the desire to complete the ecological transition. It is the turning point of rigor which does not say its name and which prepares the march to power for the extreme right in our country. [...] Certain economic forces [...] did not accept the level of ambition set for the energy transition. [...] Is it normal that the CEO of Vallourec, Philippe Crouzet, announced my upcoming fall weeks ago in the United States.[11]

Member of the National Assembly, 2017–present

During the 2017 French legislative election, Batho was re-elected with 56.94% of the vote against the LREM's candidate, Christine Heintz (43.06%), who had preceded her during the first round and had received the support of Ségolène Royal.[12] In parliament, she serves on the Committee on Economic Affairs.[13]

In 2018, Batho initiated the amendment to ban glyphosate with a term in 2021; his proposal is massively rejected, and she denounces the acts of lobbyists in the National Assembly.Indeed, Agrochemical interests were able to obtain the Batho's amendment before the members of the National Assembly.[14]

In November 2019, Batho's amendment to the anti-waste bill, aimed at banning Black Friday promotions by including them as "aggressive commercial practices", was adopted in committee.[15][16]

President of Generation ecology

On 2 May 2018 Batho announced that she is leaving the Socialist Party and that she will take over the helm of Ecology Generation in September, succeeding Yves Piétrasanta. She also left the New Left group in the National Assembly and joined the non-registered. She is elected new president of Ecology Generation on 10 September 2018.[17]

In May 2020, Batho joined and became vice-president of the new group Ecology Democracy Solidarity, essentially composed of former members of the group La République en Marche;[18] however, the group was dissolved later that year.[19]

Batho pleads for an alliance of environmentalists for the 2022 presidential election.[20]


  1. ^ There is some disagreement on the figure involved. AFP (Agence France Presse), quoted in Le Figaro 21/11/2007, article "40 ans de contestation étudiante en France"[1], consulted 4/11/2012, gives the sum as 4.5 million francs; whereas the student organisation FIDL, in a timeline of actions, states it to be 4.5 billion,[2] Archived 7 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, consulted 04/11/2012.
  2. ^ "History" (in French). FIDL. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  3. ^ Bernard Philippe, Passage de témoin chez les « potes »
  4. ^ Cf. la séries d'articles de Libération : Les 30 visages du réseau Ségolène Royal, dans la rubrique Les Nouvelles un article de Jacky Durant intitulé Delphine Batho, paru dans l'édition du 2 mai 2007, page 13.
  5. ^ "Qui sont les candidats déclarés à la présidence du PS ?". Europe 1. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ Abel Mestre (27 January 2018). "Congrès du PS : quatre hommes en lice, le texte de Delphine Batho recalé". Le Monde. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  7. ^ Abel Mestre (2 May 2018). "Delphine Batho : " Je quitte le PS sans regrets "". Le Monde. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. ^ Jean-Michel Normand (17 March 2009), Deux porte-parole pour Ségolène Royal Le Monde.
  9. ^ "Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport: continuation of police operations, eight arrests and three injured" (in French). Le HuffPost. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Hollande puts an end to the functions of Delphine Batho" (in French). Libération. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Delphine Batho challenges economic lobbies" (in French). Le Monde. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  12. ^ Coralie Roland (18 June 2017). "Socialist Delphine Batho re-elected in the second constituency of Deux-Sèvres" (in French). France 3. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  13. ^ Delphine Batho French National Assembly.
  14. ^ Stéphane Foucart (5 October 2018). "The curious journey of the Batho amendment on glyphosate :" (in French). Le Monde. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  15. ^ "MPs want to ban 'Black Friday' promotions" (in French). Le Monde. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  16. ^ Michael Pooler (28 November 2019), French MPs back curbs on Black Friday promotions Financial Times.
  17. ^ Jules Pecnard (2 May 2018). "Former Minister Delphine Batho leaves PS" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  18. ^ Equy, Laure (19 May 2020). "Delphine Batho : «Notre groupe donnera à l'écologie une force de frappe au Parlement»". Libération.fr (in French). Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  19. ^ Tristan Quinault-Maupoil (16 October 2020), Jennifer de Temmerman : «Je quitte le groupe EDS» à l'Assemblée Le Figaro.
  20. ^ Olivier Pérou (20 July 2019). "Batho: "Macron belongs to the camp of environmental destroyers"" (in French). Le Point. Retrieved 24 April 2020.

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