Economy. Macron chooses Laure de La Raudière to succeed Arcep


Emmanuel Macron elected the MP for Eure-et-Loir (Agir) Laure de La Raudière as head of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Arcep) to succeed Sébastien Soriano, whose mandate ended in early January said the Elysee in a press release this Tuesday.

'The President of the Republic plans to appoint Ms. Laure de La Raudière as President of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Mail and Press Distribution (Arcep), following the Prime Ministers proposal.' specified the Élysée.

In order to be confirmed, this appointment must now receive the approval of the National Assemblys Economic Committee (of which Ms. de La Raudière is a member) and its equivalent in the Senate.

Xavier Niels distrust

The 55-year-old Laure de la Raudière, a recognized specialist in digital and telecommunications, held various management positions at France Telecom-Orange between 1990 and 2001.

When asked about his possible appointment, Xavier Niel, boss of Free, had on Monday on BFM Business that 'it would be different for the competition'. 'It seems quite surprising to me to be able to head an independent agency with someone who has worked at Orange for 15 years,' he said.

Who is Laure de La Raudière?

The liberal and business-friendly tendency, the center-right MP, has been a member of the assembly since 2007, where it has regularly spoken about 'digital issues'.

Laure de la Raudière, a graduate of Normale Sup and Télécom Paris, began her career at France Télécom before moving to a start-up and then setting up her network consulting company.

In 2007 she got involved in politics and won the parliamentary elections in the 3rd constituency of Eure-et-Loir under the banner of the UMP, which has since become LR.

In the 2017 presidential election, she took an active part in Bruno Le Maires unsuccessful election campaign during the right-wing primary won by François Fillon. Like others, she slammed the door at the time of the Fillon affair and in 2017 joined a center-right group that was reconciled with the presidential majority.

She ran unsuccessfully for President of the Assembly and received 34 votes against 353 votes for the LREM candidate François de Rugy.

At the end of 2017, she participated with several elected officials, including Foreign Trade Minister Franck Riester, in the founding of the centrist Agir party.

In the Palais Bourbon, the MP, a member of the Economic Committee, took part in the creation of a tenth parliamentary group, the Agir Ensemble, an ally of the majority, made up of 17 MPs, including ex-LR and ex-LREM.