Jean-Michel Blanquer

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Jean-Michel Blanquer
Jean-Michel Blanquer - 2017.jpg
Minister of National Education
Assumed office
17 May 2017
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe
Preceded by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
(National Education, Higher Education, and Research)
Personal details
Born (1964-12-04) 4 December 1964 (age 53)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party La République En Marche!
Alma mater Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Sciences Po
Panthéon-Assas University

Jean-Michel Blanquer (born 4 December 1964) is a French jurist and government official serving as Minister of National Education since 17 May 2017.[1]


Born in Paris, he obtained a doctor in law from Panthéon-Assas University and a Master's in politics from Sciences Po.


From 1996 to 1998, he was a professor in civil law at Sciences Po Lille. From 1998 to 2004, he was director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the New Sorbonne University.

From 2009 to 2012, Blanquer served as the director general of secondary and junior school education under then Minister for Education Luc Chatel. In 2013 he became President of the prestigious ESSEC Business School.[2][3]

Minister for National Education[edit]

On 17 May 2017, Blanquer was appointed as Minister for National Education in the new French government headed by President Emmanuel Macron.[4]

Soon after becoming Minister, Blanquer announced plans to get rid of homework done at home, preferring instead that time be set aside during the school day to do homework in school.[5]

In June 2017, the ministry publishes a readjustment of elementary school programs in French and maths.[1]

In December 2017, Blanquer announced that France’s education system would ban mobile devices during lunch or recess.[6] The announcement was met with mixed responses.[7]