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Who is Jean-Noel Barrault, the new ministerial delegate in charge of digital transition and telecommunications?

The former Vice President of the National Assembly’s Finance Committee has just been appointed Delegate Minister in charge of Digital Transition and Telecommunications.

The names involved in the cabinet reshuffle became official. While the Bourne government’s announcement left the post of digital minister vacant, the last one is now filled with Jean-Noel Barrault, who is becoming deputy minister in charge of digital transition and telecommunications.

At the age of 39, this deputy from the second constituency of Yvelines has just been re-elected since 2017 under the slogan “Modem – La République en Marche”.

Since 2018, the centrist is also the general secretary of the Democratic Movement.

Jean-Noël Barrault’s career is mainly focused on finance: he holds a master’s degree in economics from the Paris School of Economics, as well as a PhD (PhD equivalent) from HEC Paris, for which he completed a dissertation in financial economics. He was also an economics professor and researcher for four years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a prestigious American university.

Specializes in economics and finance

Jean-Noel Barrault was councilor of the Haute-Loire department from April 2015 to June 2017, until he took up his post as deputy. Along with this responsibility, Jean-Noel Barrault is Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly from 2017 to June 2022.

In January 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex assigned him a six-month mission to the Ministry of Economy to support the recovery from the economic crisis related to Covid-19 and the economic recovery of the territories. He submits his report in July.

During this legislature, his main work was focused on business growth and transformation, as well as successive financial bills. He was also appointed chairman of a working group called “Parliamentary Monitoring and Evaluation”.

Politics is part of his family tradition: his father and grandfather also sat in the National Assembly before him. His father, Jacques Barraud, was also a minister under the mandates of Jacques Chirac and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

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