Monday, May 16

Christiane Taubira: The 5 key dates that marked her political career

President of a political party, MP, candidate for the 2002 presidential election, former minister… Christiane Taubira put an end to the suspense. The Guyanese announced this Saturday, January 15, to embark on the race for the Élysée. Back on his journey.

It was at the end of the 1970s that Christiane Taubira, originally a professor of economics, began in politics. Alongside her husband Roland Delannon – from whom she is now divorced – she became involved in the Guyanese independence movements, before founding the Walwari political party in 1992, of which she became its president. The beginnings of an important political career.

June 12, 1994

Christiane Taubira, then MP for Guyana, became an MEP on the left-wing list led by Bernard Tapie “Radical Energy”.

(Pierre Verdy / AFP)

May 10, 2001

The member of the first constituency of Guyana passes a historic law which recognizes as a crime against humanity the slave trade and slavery until its abolition.

After years of fighting, his text was adopted unanimously in the hemicycle of the National Assembly.

21 avril 2002

By engaging in a campaign around “equal opportunities” and “solidarity for all”, Christiane Taubira becomes the first black woman in history to run for the Elysée.

Nevertheless, she obtained only 2.32% of the votes in the first round, and was partly held responsible for the division of the left and the defeat of Lionel Jospin.

23 avril 2013

Keeper of the seals under the governance of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and under the presidency of François Hollande, Christiane Taubira carries the banner of marriage for all in the National Assembly. After dividing public opinion for weeks, the Taubira law which provides for the opening of marriage to same-sex couples is adopted.

January 27, 2016

After three years in government, Christiane Taubira tenders her resignation to the President of the Republic. In disagreement on the forfeiture of nationality with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the Guyanese indeed preferred to leave.

This Saturday, January 15 will also remain a significant date for the now candidate for the presidential election of 2022.

This notably detailed a program, centered in particular on the revaluation of certain social rights and an increase in the minimum wage to 1,400 euros net.

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