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François PILLET

Appointed 21 February 2019 by the President of the Senate

Took the oath of office on 11 March 2019 before the President of the Republic

Born 13 May 1950, in Bourges (Cher department)

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in private law
  • Bachelor's degree in literature
  • Graduate degree in private law
  • French professional lawyer's certification (Certificat d'Aptitude à la Profession d'Avocat, CAPA)

Career

  • 1975 / 2013: Lawyer on the Court of Appeal of Bourges
  • 1986 / 1991: President of the professional training centre for lawyers for the Court of Appeal of Bourges.
  • 1987 / 1993: Member, then vice president of the board of the École du Centre Ouest des avocats
  • 1996 / 1997: President of the Bar Council of the Bourges Bar (Ordre des avocats du barreau de Bourges) at the Caisse nationale de barreaux français (CNBF), the national fund for French Bars.
  • 2005 / 2011: Delegate of the Bar at the Court of Appeal of Bourges
  • 1982 / 2014: Instructor at the École du Centre Ouest des avocats in Poitiers
  • 2006 / 2010: Lecturer at the Orléans law school

Electoral and parliamentary functions

  • 1982 / 1995: First Deputy Mayor of Mehun-sur-Yèvre (Cher department)
  • 1995 / 2014: Mayor of Mehun-sur-Yèvre (Cher department)
  • 1998 / 2008: General Councillor for the Cher department, for the canton of Mehun-sur-Yèvre
  • 2007 / 2019: Senator for the Cher department
  • 2010 / 2011: Co-president of the joint fact-finding mission for the National Assembly/Senate on drug addiction
  • 2011 / 2019: Vice President of the commission of constitutional law, legislation, universal suffrage, regulation and general administration of the Senate
  • 2011 / 2012: Co-rapporteur of the fact-finding mission of the Senate law commission on municipal police forces
  • 2012: Member of the Senate inquiry commission on capital and asset flight from France and its tax implications
  • 2012 / 2013: Co-rapporteur of information for the Senate law commission on property tools available to local elected officials
  • 2013: Member of the parliamentary inquiry commission on the effectiveness of anti-doping efforts
  • 2013: President of the Senate inquiry commission on the role of banks and financial players in the flight of financial resources and its tax implications and its consequences on economic equilibrium as well as the effectiveness of the legislative, judicial, and administrative framework in place to fight it.
  • 2013 / 2014: Given a temporary mission (evaluation of the Law of 3 August 2009 concerning the Gendarmerie Nationale which structured its attachment to the Ministry of the Interior) reporting to the Minister of the Interior (Manuel Valls).
  • 2013 / 2014: Co-rapporteur of the fact-finding mission of the Senate law commission on open data and the protection of private life
  • 2014 / 2015: Member of the parliamentary inquiry commission on the organisation and resources for the fight against jihadist networks in France and in Europe
  • 2014 / 2019: Regular judge at the French court of justice of the Republic (Cour de Justice de la République)
  • 2014 / 2016: Co-rapporteur of the fact-finding mission of the Senate law commission on the Law of 29 July 1881, on freedom of the press, in the Internet age
  • 2015 / 2019: President of the Senate parliamentary ethics committee
  • 2016: Rapporteur on the draft constitutional law aiming to incorporate the fundamental principles of the Law of 9 December 1905 to Article 1 of the Constitution
  • 2017 / 2018: Rapporteur of the Senate working group on institutional reform
  • 2017: Rapporteur of the fact-finding mission on civil liability
  • 2018: Rapporteur of the Senate working group on improving effectiveness of "fiches S" (national security flags for surveillance)
  • 2018: Deputy Rapporteur of the monitoring committee for draft constitutional, organic and ordinary laws for democracy that is more representative, responsible and effective

Constitutional Council

  • 2019, 12 March (since): Member of the Constitutional Council, appointed by the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher

Honours

  • Knight of the National Order of Merit
  • Knight of the Order of Academic Palms
  • Knight of the Mongolian National Order of the Polar Star

Publications

  • Guide pratique de la procédure dans le contentieux fiscal , Paris, Lexis Nexis, 3rd ed., 2003
  • Le Sénat, gardien des libertés , Paris, Mare & Martin, 2017