My biography…

Christophe Rouillon had been very involved at a local, national and European level.

Mr. Rouillon is currently the Mayor of Coulaines, a Member of the General Council of the Sarthe Department (North Le Mans sector), a 2ndVice-President of Greater Le Mans, Vice-President of the Mayors of France in charge of the european’s affairs as well as a member of the Regions EU Committee of the Régions.

Christophe Rouillon received his degree in public law and political science from the Sorbonne, and his master’s in public law from the University of Maine in Le Mans.

He also holds degrees from the Aspen Young Political leaders programs and the prestigious National School of Administration for the Cycle « Upper Level European Studies ».

In 1996, he joined the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry by succeeding in the highly competitive selection process, where he specialized in consulting, regulation and controlling the requests for tenders. He is currently excused from his duties at the Ministry to execute his responsibilities as an elected official.

Christophe Rouillon joined the Socialist Youth Movement at the age of 15 in 1982 in Nantes, France.

In 1984, he became a federal leader of the Movement in the Sarthe department.

The following year, he was the youngest delegate at the congress of the Socialist Party in Toulouse and joined the national Socialist Youth Movement. Then in 1988, he wrote the National Socialist youth program in preparation of that year’s presidential election.

In 1991, he was elected Second Federal Secretary of the Socialist Party in the Sarthe. In 1992, while he was the national youth leader of the group headed by Laurent Fabius, he was elected Vice-president of the independent Socialist Youth Movement, of which he is a founding member, along with Benoit Hamon.

At 25, Christophe Rouillon became advisor to Michel VAUZELLE, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice.

In June 1995, he was elected to his first office, as Alderman in the city of Le Mans, alongside Robert Jarry and Jean-Claude Boulard.

After an intense campaign in 1998, in the first victory by direct universal suffrage, he was elected with a lead of 66 votes, to the General Assembly of the Sarthe Department, in the Le Mans-North Canton.

In 2001, at the age of 34, the city of Coulaines entrusted him with the Mayoral seat, winning 55 % of the votes. As such, Christophe Rouillon has devoted himself fully to his two terms in office, making among his priorities the reorganization of the city’s finances, developing local services for all of its citizens, beautification projects for public spaces, creating and promoting business opportunities, improving educational, cultural, and sporting activities for the youth as well as adult populations. (As a former football amateur player, he remains passionate about sports to this day).

Highlights of recent improvements in Coulaines :

— he has encouraged and backed several major projects, which were, notably, the source of hundreds of local jobs : the ‘educational center of excellence’ Albert Camus primary school designed by the famous international architect Deitmar Feichtinger, the expansion and modernization of the Three Valleys Retirement Home, and the renovation of the city center

— he was behind the construction of a police station and the establishment the new Croisettes prison, which required skillful negotiating to create the right conditions for the project’s success

— he has supported private-sector investment : bringing new businesses to the community (such as the construction of a major funeral home), building ‘green’ housing for new homeowners…

By maintaining an integrity which shows through all of his decisions and actions, he has won and maintained the confidence of his fellow citizens, who renewed his electoral mandates of Mayor and General Counsel in 2004, 2008 and 2011 and each time, with nearly 70 % of the vote.

Member of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), of which he has been a Vice-president since 2005, he has dealt with issues relating to local finance while serving on a national committee. As a Board member of the AMF, he also actively participates in the development of legislation in collaboration with the National Assembly.

He is currently President of the European Association of Mayors of France, national delegate to the European National Federation of Elected Socialist and Republican Officials and Board Member Elected European Socialists.

Because he is acutely aware of the importance of European issues on a local and national level, Christophe Rouillon represents the AMF in the Committee of the Regions and Cities of the European Union (CoR) and at the Regional and Local Euro-Mediterranean Assembly (ARLEM). He has also created the European Decentralized Cooperation and European portal of Decentralized Cooperation. He promoted in the european CoR opinion the principe that that the local authorities give one euro per inhabitant for decentralized cooperation concrete action.

The objectives are twofold: to firmly and consistently defend the idea of ​​a more social and less liberal Europe on the one hand, while creating links between Europe and the Mediterranean countries which lead to more effective economic development never losing sight of the respect human rights.

Christophe Rouillon has written five reviews which were all unanimously adopted by the Regional Committee of European Union:

– « Local Authorities: Actors for Development » adopted April 22, 2009 ;

–  » Spring Package : Action Plan for the EU to achieve the Millennium Development Goals  » adopted June 10, 2010 ;

– « Protection of the legitimate economy : the fight against corruption , fraud and organized crime  » adopted October 11, 2012 ;

– « The EU guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring companies in difficulty «adopted in February 2013 ;

–  » The EU guidelines on state aid for rescuing and restructuring companies in difficulty  » (Revised Opinion ) adopted in February 2014.

He has consistently shown his ability to work on behalf of the citizens and communities beyond his own by working for a fairer France and a more political and social Europe.

He just missed being elected National Deputy of the 5th district of the Sarthe, lacking only 147 votes on June 17, 2012.

Then, in October 2012, he was appointed as a member of the National Council of the Socialist Party.

Coulaines has recently been named as the town with « the most sports activities in the Pays de la Loire 2013 » and is ranked among the top 200 cities and towns in France with the best greenspace and floral presentations.

Despite lower tax revenues due to its 45.2% of social housing, the city of Coulaines’ debt is three times less than the average for cities of similar size.

With the strength of a healthy balance sheet and with the confidence of his fellow citizens behind him, Christophe Rouillon was reelected in 2014 as Mayor of Coulaines, with a 53.24% majority vote.

He was also elected as 2nd Vice-President of the Greater Le Mans in charge of higher education, research and European funding for municipal projects.

He was in 4th position on the ‘Grand West’ list for the Socialist Party for the European Elections in 2014.

In September 2014 Rouillon was named Coordinator for the Socialist Party’s European Economic (PSE) and Social Commission (ECOS) for the Regional Committee of the EU.

Christophe Rouillon is also the reporter of the European section of the CdR ‘Reconnecting Europe with the citizens : better communication on the local level’, which should be adopted in the plenary session in December 2014.