Douai High School; Hénin-Liétard High School. Roubaix Ecole normale supérieure d’éducation physique et sportive (college for advanced training of physical education teachers). Physical education teaching qualification.
Spoken languages: French, English.
Member of National Council of Union of Democracies for the 5th Republic and of Central Rassemblement pour la République (Rally for the Republic) Committee. Deputy Mayor of Paris, responsible for youth and sport, since 1985. Deputy for Seine-et-Mame, 1986, re-elected 1988.
National Secretary for Sports, Rassemblement pour la République (Rally for the Republic). Mayor; French record-holder, pole-vault (minor), 1967. French record-holder, 110m hurdles, polevault and decathlon (junior).
French Champion, 110m hurdles, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1981. European Champion, 110m hurdles, Rome 1974. Winner, 110m hurdles, European Cup, Nice, 1975.
European record-holder, 110m hurdles, 1975. World record-holder, 110m hurdles, 1975. Olympic silver medallist, 110m hurdles, Montreal, 1976.
United States Champion, 60yds hurdles, 1976. Retired from competition 1976. Returned to competition 1981, Bronze medal in 50m hurdles at European Championships.
Member National Council Union Democracies for 5th Republic and of Central Rally for the Republic Committee. Deputy mayor of Paris responsible for youth and sport, 1985-1989. Deputy Seine-et-Marne, 1986, 88.
National secretary for sports Rally for the Republic.
Spouse Véronique Hardy, 1984. Children: Elodie (from 1st marriage).