Christine Albanel

Christine Albanel

Christine Albanel (2008)
French Minister of Culture
In office
18 May 2007  23 June 2009
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres
Succeeded by Frédéric Mitterrand
Personal details
Born (1955-06-25) 25 June 1955
Toulouse, France
Nationality French
Political party UMP

Christine Albanel (born 25 June 1955) is a French politician and civil servant. From May 2007 to June 2009 she was France's Minister for Culture and Communication in François Fillon's government.

Albanel is agrégé in classical Letters. In 1982, she joined the administration of the city of Paris, and followed Jacques Chirac – working in his cabinet – when he became Prime Minister in 1986 and French President in 1995.

In 2000, she became Conseiller d'État.

She became president of the museum and domain administration of the Palace of Versailles in 2003.

In 2007, she was appointed Minister of Culture in François Fillon's government. While in this position, she proposed a new law (the HADOPI law) with the objective to reduce music and video piracy over the Internet, along the same 'graduated penalty' lines of thinking that previous ineffective 'DADVSI' law. This move generated huge debate as several Presumption of innocence key liberty and law principles were sacrificed for the sake of efficiency, while most experts in Internet technology said the attempt was anyway doomed as grossly underestimating the complexity of any reliable control system.

As of 10 June 2009, the HADOPI law was struck down by the Constitutional Council of France.[1] She is currently Executive Vice-President of multi-national telecommunications corporation Orange.[2]


  1. Nate Anderson (10 June 2009). "French court savages "three-strikes" law, tosses it out". Ars Technica. Retrieved 10 June 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. "Christine Albanel". Orange. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Frédéric Mitterrand
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