Axelle Lemaire (FR)
Former Minister for Digital Affairs
Axelle Lemaire is a Socialist MP representing French citizens living in Northern Europe at the French National Assembly. She was elected in 2012 and as the Secretary of the Law Committee and a member of the European Affairs Committee, her main areas of interest were the digital society and digital economy, the protection of human rights and gender equality, and European politics.
She was Minister for Digital Affairs and Innovation in the French government between April 2014 and February 2017.
In her capacity of Minister of State for Digital Affairs, she drafted and promoted the Digital Republic Bill which aims to bolster the data economy and transparency of government action, to establish new rights for Internet users and to make digital technology more available to everyone. In a ground-breaking political move, a government bill was, for the first time, submitted for public consultation on a website. Over 150,000 votes were received and there were over 20,000 participants. This new form of participatory democracy helped make tangible improvements to the bill’s text, in particular, by adding a number of provisions originating from collective intelligence.
With both French and Canadian citizenship, Axelle Lemaire grew up in Quebec and came to France in her teens. She studied literature, followed by political science at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, before majoring in law. She lived in London for more than ten years, where she worked as a researcher and international lawyer before entering politics as a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons.