Christiane Lambert will not seek a new mandate as president of the FNSEA

Christiane Lambert at the Elysee Palace, December 12, 2022 (AFP/Archives/Thomas SAMSON)

The president of the FNSEA Christiane Lambert announced Thursday that she would not seek a new mandate in the spring of 2023 at the head of the first French agricultural union, which she had led since 2017, while retaining her responsibilities at the European union Copa.

“I decided not to run for a third term at the head of the FNSEA” in March 2023, she explained to AFP, referring to a “decision carefully considered with my family and my peers” with “different reasons” including “first and foremost life and health reasons”.

She announced her decision on Thursday before the board of directors of the FNSEA, during which the first vice-president “Arnaud Rousseau announced his candidacy this morning” to succeed, she said.

Arriving in early 2017 as interim head of the union after the sudden death of her predecessor Xavier Beulin, Christiane Lambert became the first woman elected to this position. She was re-elected this year to the presidency of the Copa, an organization which brings together the main European unions and which she has led since 2020.

“After more than 30 years of commitment to the FNSEA and 40 years of commitment in all”, the 61-year-old breeder, omnipresent in the field and in the media, now wants to “slow down” and “have a life after the FNSEA,” she said.

She now intends to focus on the work of the Copa and the transmission of its exploitation while “spending time with those who are dearest”.

“I really appreciated this commitment,” she told AFP. “I will continue to be present in Brussels to represent France and bring the voice of French farmers to Brussels,” she assured.

In a tweet, she said she was “proud of an agriculture placed at the heart of the economy and society”.

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