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The American and European Economic Crises in Comparative Perspective - Arnaud Montebourg, former French Minister of the Economy

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Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Arnaud Montebourg, former French Minister of the Economy
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This event is co-sponsored with the European Union Program at Princeton.

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“The American and European Crises in Comparative Perspective” will be the subject of a public talk given by France's former minister of the economy, Arnaud Montebourg, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 in Robertson Hall. Montebourg is visiting as the School’s 2015 Syngman Rhee 1910 Lecturer and is co-sponsored by the European Union Program at Princeton.

Arnaud Montebourg, a lawyer by profession, is a French politician and member of the socialist party. He served as France’s minister of industrial renewal from May 2012 to April 2014 and as  minister of the economy, industrial renewal and information technology from April to August 2014) He was deputy for the sixth district of Saône-et-Loire in the National Assembly of France from 1997 to 2012 and president of the General Council of Saône et Loire from 2008 to 2012. He has been councillor general of Saone et Loire since 2008.

Politically, Montebourg is at the left of the socialist party. He placed third in the socialist presidential primary of 2011. Montebourg was the cofounder of the Convention pour la VI-ème République (C6R), the political movement known as the Nouveau Parti Socialiste (New Socialist Party) and a new movement within the socialist party called Rénover Maintenant (Renewal Now).

While in government, he famously launched a campaign for “made in France” products and fought against austerity and “ultra-neo-liberalism,” which led to his resignation from the Valls government.