Jacques Toubon

Défenseur des Droits Paris 2020

Since July 17, 2014, Jacques Toubon has been France’s Defender of Rights, a mandate which will end on July 16, 2020, the very day we welcome him at the Roland-Garros stadium. The protection of rights has been a lifelong mission for him: as early as 1975, he took part in the reform of the country’s divorce law and helped lower the age of majority to 18 years. He was successively deputy of Paris, France’s Minister of Culture, Minister of Justice and Member of the European Parliament. A fervent protector of fundamental and individual freedoms, he chaired the orientation council of the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration — which he helped found — for almost ten years. He was recently involved in the defense of the Yellow Vests movement. He is advocating for his successor to be a woman.

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