Regional council of Grand Est

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Regional council of Grand Est

Conseil régional du Grand Est
Logo of Grand Est
Logo of Grand Est
Preceded by Regional council of Alsace
Regional council of Champagne-Ardenne
Regional council of Lorraine
New session started
4 January 2016
Jean Rottner, LR
Since 20 October 2017
Seats 169
Current composition of the regional council of Grand Est
Political groups
Majority (103)
  •      Regional Majority (103)

Opposition (65)

  •      National Front – Marine Blue Grand Est (28)
  •      Socialist, Republican and Citizen (14)
  •      The Patriots (11)
  •      CNIP, Miscellaneous Right and Related (7)
  •      The Progressives for a Closer, Stronger Region (5)
Two-round list proportional representation system with majority bonus
Last election
6 and 13 December 2015
Next election
Meeting place
Seat of the regional council of Grand Est in Strasbourg
1 place Adrien Zeller
BP 91006 – 67070 Strasbourg cedex
Seat of the regional council of Grand Est in Metz
1 place Gabriel Hocquard
CS 81004 – 57036 Metz cedex 01
Seat of the regional council of Grand Est in Châlons-en-Champagne
5 rue de Jéricho
CS 70441 – 51037 Châlons-en-Champagne cedex

The regional council of Grand Est (French: conseil régional du Grand Est), formerly the regional council of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (French: conseil régional d'Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine), is the deliberative assembly of the region of Grand Est. Jean Rottner of The Republicans (LR) is the current president of the regional council. He was elected on 20 October 2017, following the retirement of Philippe Richert on 30 September 2017.


The regional council of Grand Est, previously Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine,[1] was created by the act on the delimitation of regions, regional and departmental elections and amending the electoral calendar of 16 January 2015, which went into effect on 1 January 2016 and merged the regional councils of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine,[2] consisting of 47, 49, and 73 regional councillors, respectively, into a single body with 169 regional councillors, following regional elections on 6 and 13 December 2015. The number of representatives elected for these three former regions was recalculated as a result of the reform, with Alsace electing 59 seats, Champagne-Ardenne electing 38 seats, and Lorraine electing 72 seats.[3][4]


The merger of the regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine necessitated the redistribution of administrative functions between the seats of the former regions. Philippe Richert, president of the newly unified region, proposed designating Strasbourg as the new capital and therefore seat of the regional council, with Strasbourg and Metz sharing the standing committee and plenary assembly.[5] On 12 January 2016,[6] Richert announced that Strasbourg would become the capital of the region and seat of the regional council, standing committee, and thematic committees, while the plenary assembly would convene in Metz. He also stated that there would be a "house of the regional council" in the three former regional capitals, located at 1 place Adrien Zeller in Lyon, 1 place Gabriel Hocquard in Metz, and 5 rue de Jéricho in Châlons-en-Champagne.[7][8] The finance committee of the regional council was also relocated to Châlons-en-Champagne. These proposals were approved at a session of the plenary assembly on 29 April during which regional councillors also agreed to rename the region – then known as Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine – to Grand Est, following an online consultation in which 75% of participants voted in favor.[9]

Election results

2015 regional election

The current regional council was elected in regional elections on 6 and 13 December 2015, with the list of Philippe Richert consisting of The Republicans (LR), the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), and the Democratic Movement (MoDem) securing an absolute majority of 104 seats.[10][11] After the first round, Jean-Pierre Masseret of the Socialist Party (PS) refused to withdraw his list before the second round, despite calls by the leadership of the party, as well as a number of members of Masseret's list, to vote for Richert's list in order to stop the National Front from winning the region. As a result, the PS renounced its support for Masseret and stated that he would "not have the Socialist label" in the second round.[12]

Conseil régional du Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (régionales 2015).svg
Leader List First round Second round Seats
Votes % Votes % Seats %
Florian Philippot FN 641,234 36.07 790,166 36.08 46 27.22
Philippe Richert LRUDIMoDem 459,212 25.83 1,060,059 48.40 104 61.54
Jean-Pierre Masseret PSPRG 286,390 16.11 339,756 15.51 19 11.24
Sandrine Bélier EELV 119,091 6.70
Laurent Jacobelli DLF 84,886 4.78
Jean-Georges Trouillet ULPMPLAEI 84,147 4.73
Patrick Peron FGMRC 57,165 3.22
Julien Wostyn LO 26,347 1.48
David Wentzel UPR 19,171 1.08
Total 1,777,643 100.00 2,189,981 100.00 169 100.00
Valid votes 1,777,643 95.49 2,189,981 95.49
Blank votes 46,404 2.49 52,078 2.27
Null votes 37,553 2.02 51,315 2.24
Turnout 1,861,600 47.91 2,293,374 59.02
Abstentions 2,023,930 52.09 1,592,494 40.98
Registered voters 3,885,530 3,885,868
Source: Ministry of the Interior, Le Monde (parties)


Political groups

The regional council currently consists of six political groups,[13] of which two were formed after splits from the National Front (FN) group.[14] On 22 September 2017, Florian Philippot, ex-vice president of the National Front, announced the creation of a group of 11 regional councillors under the banner of The Patriots, the party he founded, "despite immense pressure from the leadership of the FN",[15] and on 29 March 2018 another 6 members of the FN group in the region who were "disappointed, but not angry" with the party quit to form a group under the banner of the National Centre of Independents and Peasants (CNIP) presided over by Jordan Grosse-Cruciani. Their departure reduced the FN group to 29 members, compared to the 46 elected under the label of the party in 2015.[13][14]

Political group Members President Parties
Regional Majority 103 Valérie Debord LR, UDI, MoDem, DVD, PCD
National Front – Marine Blue Grand Est 28 Virginie Joron FN
Socialist 14 Anne-Pernelle Richardot PS
The Patriots 11 Florian Philippot LP
CNIP, Miscellaneous Right and Related 7 Jordan Grosse-Cruciani CNIP, DVD
The Progressives for a Closer, Stronger Region 5 REM, PS



President Party Term start Term end
Philippe Richert LR 4 January 2016 30 September 2017
Jean-Luc Bohl UDI 30 September 2017 20 October 2017
Jean Rottner LR 20 October 2017 present

On 4 January 2016, Philippe Richert of The Republicans (LR) was elected president of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region with 102 votes, against 46 votes for Florian Philippot of the National Front (FN), 20 blank votes, and 1 abstention, with the left not contesting the ballot.[16]

Candidate Party Votes %
Philippe Richert LR 102 60.36
Florian Philippot FN 46 27.22
Total 169 100.00
Abstentions 1 0.59
Votes 168 99.41
Blank and null votes 20 11.83
Valid votes 148 87.57

On 30 September 2017, Philippe Richert of The Republicans (LR), announced his retirement from politics and resigned his post as president of the regional council.[17] He was replaced in the interim by Jean-Luc Bohl of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) until Jean Rottner was elected as his successor on 20 October. He received 96 votes, failing to secure the support of 8 members of his own group, against 35 votes for Virginie Joron of the FN and 1 vote for Christophe Choserot,[18] a member of La République En Marche! elected under the banner of the Socialist Party (PS) sitting with the left in the regional council.[19] A total of 37 blank and null ballots were cast. The Socialist group did not nominate a candidate and instead submitted blank votes, as did the group of The Patriots in the regional council due to a lack of "credible projects", implicitly rejecting the candidacy of Joron.[18]

Candidate Party Votes %
Jean Rottner LR 96 56.80
Virginie Joron FN 35 20.71
Christophe Choserot REM (PS) 1 0.59
Total 169 100.00
Blank and null votes 37 21.89
Valid votes 132 78.11

Vice presidents

In addition to the president, the executive of the regional council also includes 15 vice presidents delegated to certain policy areas.[20][13]

Number Regional councillor Group Delegate for Department
1st vice president Jean-Luc Bohl LR–UDI–MoDem Attractivity and outreach Moselle
2nd vice president Christine Guillemy LR–UDI–MoDem Initial training, lycée and apprenticeship Haute-Marne
3rd vice president David Valence LR–UDI–MoDem Transport, travel and infrastructure Vosges
4th vice president Lilla Merabet LR–UDI–MoDem Competitiveness, digital sector and excellence Bas-Rhin
5th vice president Marc Sebeyran LR–UDI–MoDem Finance, management control, public procurement Aube
6th vice president Valérie Debord LR–UDI–MoDem Employment Meurthe-et-Moselle
7th vice president Xavier Albertini LR–UDI–MoDem Strategy and forecasting Marne
8th vice president Elsa Schalck LR–UDI–MoDem Youth and gidance, engagement, citizenship and territorial democracy Bas-Rhin
9th vice president Philippe Mangin LR–UDI–MoDem Bioeconomy, agribusiness and bioenergy Meuse
10th vice president Nicole Muller-Becker LR–UDI–MoDem Cross-border cooperation and development of multilingualism Moselle
11th vice president Jean-Paul Omeyer LR–UDI–MoDem Sport Haut-Rhin
12th vice president Pascale Gaillot LR–UDI–MoDem Agriculture and rurality Ardennes
13th vice president Franck Leroy LR–UDI–MoDem Territorial cohesion, contractualization and balance of territories Marne
14th vice president Christèle Willer LR–UDI–MoDem Ecological and energy transition Haut-Rhin
15th vice president François Werner LR–UDI–MoDem Coordination of European policy, higher education and research Meurthe-et-Moselle


The regional council includes 14 thematic committees which submit deliberations related to various policy areas.[13][20]

Committee President Group Department
Finance Jean-Pierre Liouville PS Moselle
International and cross-border relations Claudine Ganter LR–UDI–MoDem Haut-Rhin
Transport and travel Evelyne Isinger LR–UDI–MoDem Bas-Rhin
Vocational training Véronique Marchet LR–UDI–MoDem Marne
Lycées and apprenticeship Atissar Hibour LR–UDI–MoDem Meuse
Youth Cédric Chevalier LR–UDI–MoDem Marne
Economic development Isabelle Héliot-Couronne LR–UDI–MoDem Aube
Innovation, higher education and research Rémy Sadocco LR–UDI–MoDem Moselle
Agriculture and forestry Patrick Bastian LR–UDI–MoDem Bas-Rhin
Spatial planning Martine Lizola LR–UDI–MoDem Marne
Environment Christian Guirlinger LR–UDI–MoDem Meurthe-et-Moselle
Culture Pascal Mangin LR–UDI–MoDem Bas-Rhin
Sport Thierry Hory LR–UDI–MoDem Moselle
Tourism Jackie Helfgott LR–UDI–MoDem Moselle


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External links

  • Official website of the Grand Est region (in French)
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