Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam has been serving as Senator for French citizens living abroad since September 2004 (being re-elected in September 2011).
A lawyer by training, she had worked as a consultant for numerous national and international institutions. She had also been continuously elected to the High Council of French Expatriates (CSFE), now the Assembly of French Expatriates (AFE), between 1998 until her entry in the Senate to represent the French living in the UK and Ireland.
She was the first vice-president of that body (of which the Chair was the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs) between 2000 and 2003.
Secretary of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces
Member of the Senate Committee for European Affairs
Vice-Chair of the Senate’s delegation for Women’s Rights and equality of chances
Chair of the France-Senegal and France-Myanmar interparliamentary groups of the Senate
General Rapporteur of the NATO parliamentary Assembly, vice-chair and Rapporteur of its Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security
Member of the National Commission for education, science and culture (UNESCO)
Member of the High Council for Military Reserve
Member of the French National Committee for the Elimination of Anti-Personnel Mines (CNEMA)
Member of the Inter-parliamentary Union
Political Responsibilities within Les Républicains:
Member of the Executive Committee
Political Advisor, National Secretary for Cooperation and Francophony
Born on 20th March 1955 in Marnia (Algeria), Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam holds postgraduate degrees in law (international public law) and humanities (Anglo-American studies, modern literature). She also attended the Institute of High Studies in National Defence (IHEDN) and the Institute of European studies of the National School of Administration (ENA). Her passion for world cultures led her to teach French language, literature and civilization at an American university (Antioch, Ohio) at the age of only 20, before completing her studies in political science and international law at Yale University with a Rotary Foundation Fellowship.
In 1980 she joined the international law division of French bank Crédit Agricole, which she left in 1981 in order to be involved in Valery Giscard D’Estaing’s presidential campaign. She then completed her academic path with a postgraduate course in international trade, and later joined jewellery firm Christofle where she chaired the international trade training department. After taking up residence in London following her wedding in 1985, she worked at her husband’s film production company (Filmplan Ltd) and became head of International Relations of the London Business School (MBA Programme), before setting up her European affairs and international relations consultancy firm.
Founder and Chair of the Association of Frenchwomen living in Europe (which was to join the Union of French Expatriates in 2000) and of the UICE (International Union of European Citizens), Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam published for 12 years « Trait d’Union » a magazine for the French community in the UK..
As a consultant to the Council of Europe, she organized several conferences and is the author of the 1997 and 2004 reports and resolutions on the links between expatriates and their countries of origin. She has also published numerous articles including:“The Voting Behavior of French Expatriates” and “The Parliamentary Representation of French expatriates- 1944-2004” in the Political and Parliamentary Review, as well as articles in books such as “Cross-Channel Currents: 100 years of Entente Cordiale”. She also published three books: “European citizenship and European nationals in France”, minutes of the symposium which she organized in the senate in 1995 for the UICE, “French learning for children of bicultural families living in non-francophone countries” (for which Boutros Boutros-Ghali wrote a preface) and “What is the AFE?”, for which the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and Foreign Secretary Bernard Kouchner each wrote a preface.