Business and Industry, Law, Sustainable Consumption
Summary of Achievements:
Lawyer with a doctorate in law since 1971, Corinne Lepage founded the first French environmental consultancy law firm in 1978. She taught in the Universities of Paris I, Paris XII and in the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (IEP) until 1994. Assistant mayor of the city of Cabourg from 1989 to 1995, she was at the same time a member of several institutional commissions intending to codify the environmental law. She appeared in the medias during the case of the Amoco-Cadiz, an American tanker which had polluted the French coast in 1978. In 1995 she became Minister of Environment of Alain Juppé’s government. She initiated a draft law on air quality. After the resignation of the government in 1997, she kept her position of first assistant mayor of Cabourg until 2001. Presidential candidate in 2002 she is supported by CAP 21, a club she founded in 1996 which quickly turned into a political movement. She obtained 1.88 % of the poll after the first round. Generally considered a conservative by the medias she claims her independence from traditional right and left parties. Her most recent works are linked to biotechnology and nanotechnology.