Bertrand Delanoë

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Bertrand Delanoë (born 30 May 1950; French pronunciation: [bɛʁtʁɑ̃ dəlanɔ.e]  ( listen)) is a French politician, and has been the mayor of Paris since 2001. He is member of the Socialist Party (PS). [1]

Delanoë was born in Tunis, Tunisia to a French-Tunisian father and a French mother. He moved to France with his family in his teens.


Early life

Bertrand Delanoë was born 30 May 1950 in Tunis, to an atheist father (a land surveyor) and a Roman Catholic mother (a nurse).[2] At 6 years old, Delanoë became a member of the "Petits Chanteurs des Sables", a choral group associated with the Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois.[3]

At the age of 11, Delanoë witnessed the Battle of Bizerte between France and newly independent Tunisia.[4]

After the military base was closed in 1963, Delanoë's family broke up. His mother came to live in Rodez (Aveyron), with her son. After leaving school, Delanoë is said to have started studies in law at the University of Toulouse. According to Who's Who in France he possesses a diploma in economics.[5]

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