Jean-Pierre Raffarin served as Prime Minister of France from 2002 to 2005, when Jacques Chirac was President.
As a French statesman, he held such prominent functions as Senator of Vienne, President of the Region Poitou Charentes, Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-President of the French Senate. French Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Craft from 1995 to 1997, he was Prime Minister from 2002 to 2005. He led reforms on various topics such as pension, decentralization and health insurance. In 2007, he became vice-President of the right-wing UMP Party. In 2009, French President Sarkozy appointed him as President of the Republic’s personal representative for Francophony : therefore he has been particularly active on the international stage and went to China many times for specific missions. He is also Chairman of the annual French Chinese seminar of the Comité France Chine and of the “Fondation pour la Prospective et l’Innovation”.