She then received a Bachelor degree from the University of the South, Toulon-Var followed by a master"s degree and a Doctor of Philosophy from Paul Cézanne University.
She is also the mayor of Aix-en-Provence. She worked for the Social Security in France and volunteered as a young communist. She subsequently taught criminology and private law at the Paul Cézanne University.
In 1970 she started her career as a lawyer
She worked in the cases of the Infected blood scandal and the use of asbestos. She has been the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence since 2001.
She signed a law criminalizing drunkedness in public, a move aimed at the area"s homeless people. Nevertheless, she was re–elected.
In June 2011, she voted against same-sex marriage.
She has been accused of not attending the sessions in the National Assembly of France. However, she responded by saying she was in attendance once a month. She is among the French politicians who hold the most elected positions at different levels of government.
Shortly after François Hollande was elected President in 2012, she suggested that he might be "illegitimate", arguing that the entire French media and labor unions supported him and unfairly criticized Nicolas Sarkozy"s tenure, and she asked the Constitutional Council of France to annul the election results.
However, she was rebuffed. Personal life
Her former husband, Alain Joissains, served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1978 to 1983.
Union for French Democracy, Radical Party, Union for a Popular Movement.
She represents the Bouches-du-Rhône department, and is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement. From 1983 to 1989, she served as a member of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d"Azur.