Jean-Noël Barrot

Jean-Noël Barrot, the digital unknown who is betting on Europe



Too political or too technical? An elected official who knows nothing about digital or an expert already at the heart of the machine? When he was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications, Jean-Noël Barrot heard everything. At 39, this unknown to the general public lacks neither confidence nor bite. A mocking flash blazes in his blue eyes as he sweeps away these simplifications.

“The truth is that I am a researcher specializing in the financing of innovation. Then I became an MP who got very involved in business issues,” he replies in the joyous hubbub of the France Digitale Day, major annual gathering of the France Digitale association. Holder of a double doctorate, this graduate of HEC, Sciences-Po and the Paris School of Economics taught finance at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for five years. After a partial legislative election in the 4th constituency of Yvelines, which he has just comfortably won (71% of the vote) this Sunday, October 9, he is starting a second term as a deputy. But today, it is “in politics” and not as a simple technician that the newcomer to the government, close to François Bayrou, intends to carry out the mission entrusted to him by Elisabeth Borne.

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“We need the political impetus to bring all digital issues together at the same time. This is how we will succeed in the digital transition and that France will maintain its rank as a great digital nation”, declares the man. which bears a double filiation, political and entrepreneurial. Jean-Noël Barrot is the son of Jacques Barrot, who died in 2014, who was minister and European commissioner, and grandson of the Christian Democrat resistance fighter Noël Barrot. His mother, Florence Poivey, who enthusiastically retweets his speeches, gave him a taste for business, she who ran a plastics processing SME, Plastic Union, for twenty-five years and assumed responsibilities at Medef.


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