Christiane Taubira, 70, unsurprisingly won the Popular Primary on Sunday, a citizen consultation intended to have a single candidate on the left for the presidential election but whose legitimacy most of the main candidates refused to recognize.
In his first declaration, the former Keeper of the Seals of François Hollande welcomed this “momentum which makes it possible to build essential victories”: “we want a united left, we want a standing left (…) we have a beautiful road ahead of us,” she said. This icon on the left who dreams of bringing people together will therefore unsurprisingly be a candidate in the presidential election on 10 and 24 April next.
Christiane Taubira, like Simone Veil before her for abortion, left her name to posterity on one of the most significant reforms of the beginning of the 21st century: the Taubira law on marriage for all of 2013. With its law authorizing same-sex marriage, Christiane Taubira has become the progressive icon of a major societal revolution, a marker of the Hollande five-year term.
Christiane Taubira brandished her law as a banner and a motto: “An act of freedom, equality and fraternity”. She defended it with panache, defying the salvos of the conservative opposition and the far right, making people forget the reluctance of her majority.
You don’t become an icon of minorities, freedom, equality and fraternity overnight. A first Taubira law shaped its aura: the law of May 10, 2001 recognizing the slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity. It made France the first country in the world to recognize slavery as a crime against humanity. Christiane Taubira, then a member of the French National Assembly, 1st constituency of Guyana, was the rapporteur of the law in the Assembly.
We remember that day when we crossed the wheel of Christiane Taubira. Yes, her wheel, in a street in Paris: she was on her bicycle, we on a Vélib’. Close to Montparnasse station. Christiane Taubira on a bike: to tell the truth, this was nothing new. On January 27, 2016, she left the Ministry of Justice on her yellow bicycle, which she often rode to come to the Chancellery as well as to go to the Élysée. Down jacket on her back, helmet on her head, she looked like a modest cyclist.
The minister with the little queen did not ride a bike for her green image. Christiane Taubira had even included four bicycles in her various asset declarations.
Since leaving the Ministry of Justice on a bicycle and with a bang in 2016, after four hectic years, the Guyanese has been more than discreet on the public scene. In Paris, Christiane Taubira, passionate about literature since her early childhood, came here above all to promote her works (Slavery told to my daughter in 2015, Whispers to Youth in 2016, thorn night in 2019…).
Christiane Taubira is the author of numerous books, some of which have been very successful, such as Gran Balan (Plon) very spirited account of his native land, and thorn night (Plon), novel of a literary and sensitive education, between Guyana and Paris. In 2021, she published her first collection of short stories with Robert Laffont, entitled These pieces of life… as broken tiles.
Christiane Taubira published her political autobiography in My meteors, long-term political battles (2012, Flammarion).
Holder of a diploma of advanced studies in economics, a license in sociology and a certificate in Afro-American ethnology obtained in Paris, Christiane Taubira became a professor of economics in 1978.
At the end of the 1970s, she met Roland Delannon, geneticist and independence leader, whom she married in 1987 and with whom she had four children. They separated in 2002.
Her political career began in 1978 as an independentist activist in French Guiana, particularly within the Guiana Movement for Decolonization (MOGUYDE), which her husband founded in 1974. In 1993, she co-founded the Walwari party (the Fan), and was elected Member of Parliament for Guyana.
Member of the first constituency of Guyana from 1993 to 2012, she was Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice from May 16, 2012 to January 27, 2016, in the governments of Jean-Marc Ayrault I and II, then Manuel Valls I and II