Following the European elections on June 9, the French delegation at the new European Parliament for the next five years is now known. But, typically, who are the MEPs that represent France in Strasbourg?

Below, Le Monde details a typical French MEP’s profile.

Average age of 47.

This contingent of French MEPs is almost two years younger (47 years and 10 months on average) compared with 2019 (49 years and 8 months). Although just over half of all MEPs are under 50, people in their 50s still make up the largest group in the Parliament. The oldest is incumbent MEP Bernard Guetta, aged 73, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s party.

The youngest elected member is left-wing: Emma Fourreau, 24, co-chairs the youth movement of La France Insoumise (LFI, radical left). There are now 25 MEPs, aged between 20 and 39, compared with just 14 in 2019.

38% hold more than one political office

The Rassemblement National (RN, far-right) stands out from the crowd, with more than half of its elected representatives already holding one or more elected offices. Jordan Bardella, who is also a regional councilor in the Paris region, is the only lead candidate to hold two offices.

More incumbent Renaissance MPs than RN MPs

Just under half of those elected are already familiar with the European Parliament, having been MEPs since 2019 or even longer. Renaissance has more incumbent MEPs than the RN, even though the presidential coalition’s score is half that of the RN. The RN, followed by PS-PP, has the most first-timers in the European Parliament.

Translation of an original article published in French on; the publisher may only be liable for the French version.

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