Party affiliation: Socialist Party
Deputy Secretary-General of Committee for Expansion of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 1968-1971, Secretary-General, 1971-1974. Principal Private Secretary to Chairman of Regional Council for Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pierre Mauroy, 1974-1978. General delegate for development of City of Lille, 1978-1980.
Secretary-General of the City of Lille, since 1980. Chairman, Regional Contemporary Art Collection, 1980. Responsible for political questions, office of Prime Minister, Pierre Mauroy, 1981-1982.
Principal Private Secretary to Pierre Mauroy, 1982-1984. Prefect on second merit, 1983. Minister of Labour, Employment and Professional Training, 1984-1986.
Deputy for Nord, 1986, re-elected 1988, gave up seat to André Delattre. 1st Vice-Chairman of Regional Council for Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 1986. Member of executive Bureau and National Secretariat of Socialist Party, 1987.
Minister for Employment and Social Issues, 1988. Minister for Transport and Maritime Affairs, 1988, currently Minister of State and Minister for the Civil Service and Administrative Reforms.