The Hon. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin

Former French Minister of Social Affairs & Sports; Former Minister of the Environment


Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin holds a PhD in pharmacy. She was elected member of the French National Assembly in 1988, and was constantly re-elected until 2012. She was also member of European Parliament from 2004 to 2007. During all her mandates, she focused her work on social issues: labor, employment, healthcare, disabilities, family, social security, elderly care.

She was Minister of Ecology & Sustainable development from 2002 to 2004 and launched the First National Strategy of Sustainable Development. She established the global regulatory framework for the protection against natural and technological risks - " Bachelot bill" of July 2003. She held the position of Minister for Health, Sports, Youth and Associations from 2007 to 2010, and then Minister of Social affairs from 2010 to 2012 in the government of Mr. François Fillon. She organized several large scale public audience events on healthcare related topics and led a major reform of the French healthcare system.

As a proactive feminist militant, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin is the founder of the National Observatory of Gender Equality and led the parliamentary works to include gender equality in the French Constitution. She was also the Chairman of several institutions including the National Council of disabled people. The French public opinion knows Mrs. Bachelot in particular for her militant struggle against discrimination relating to sexual orientation.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin strongly supported the 1999 the Same Sex Civil Union Bill, the 2013 same-sex marriage bill, and the exclusion of transsexualism from the list of psychiatric diseases. She is a specialist on issues relating to the Middle East and chaired the Euro-Arab parliamentary association as well as conducting several missions in Iraq and The Palestinian Territories. She was Vice-President of the Institute of international and strategic relations where she specialized in geostrategic issues.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin decided to put an end to her political carrier in 2012.

She is still very active in various associations and joined the Canal + Television group as a journalist. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin is also the author of several publications: "Deux femmes au royaume des hommes" ("two women in a men's kingdom") on which she worked in collaboration with the Communist philosopher Geneviève Fraysse (Hachette Littérature 1997). She also regularly writes chronicles and articles in several reviews and publishes articles of musical analysis and critics on ForumOpéra.

“Sports as Cultural Diplomacy”

A lecture by the Hon Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Former Minister of Sports of France; Former Minister of the Environment of France; Former Minister of Social Affairs
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013
(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)