Pierre Laurent (politician)

Pierre Laurent
National secretary of the
French Communist Party
Assumed office
20 June 2010
Preceded by Marie-George Buffet
President of the
Party of the European Left
Assumed office
5 December 2010
Preceded by Lothar Bisky
Île-de-France Regional Councillor
Assumed office
21 March 2010
Personal details
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957
Paris, France
Nationality French
Political party French Communist Party

Pierre Laurent (born 1 July 1957) is a French politician and journalist. Ex-director of L'Humanité, he currently heads the French Communist Party (PCF) as well as the Party of the European Left, the political international in European politics of which the French Communists form a part.


His father, Paul Laurent, was a member of the National Assembly of France for Paris and a main leader of the French Communist Party.

Pierre Laurent joined the Union of Communist Students (UEC) when he was studying economics in Paris. He was National Secretary of UEC from 1982 to 1985. After graduating, he became a journalist for L'Humanité. At first specialized in economic issues, he became chief editor in 1999, and managing editor in 2000.

He became a member of the French Communist Party National Council in 2000 (30th congress). He was the main writer of the 33rd Congress resolution in 2009, which he introduced. He was then nominated "national coordinator" (party's number 2), in charge of leading the party's collegial direction. He therefore resigned from L'Humanité.

In 2010, he led the list for the Left Front (together with Alternative citoyenne, les Alternatifs and others) in Île-de-France for the French regional elections. He received 6.55% of the popular vote.

Pierre Laurent was elected National Secretary of the French Communist Party in June 2010, replacing Marie-George Buffet.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Marie-George Buffet
National secretary of the French Communist Party
Succeeded by
Current incumbent
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