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Christophe BÉCHU

Mayor of Angers, President of Angers Loire Métropole, Ambassador Angers French Tech
Christophe BÉCHU has been Mayor of Angers since April 2014 after being President of the General Council of Maine-et-Loire (Department). He was also senator between 2011 and 2017.
Elected in 1995, at the age of 21, he chaired the Department of Maine-et-Loire for ten years, from 2004 to 2014. At 29, when he was elected, he was then the youngest chairman of the board. General in France.
Member of the European Parliament then senator, he became mayor of Angers after winning the election with more than 54% of the vote. In the process, he was elected President of the Agglomeration Community (Greater Angers), which he chose to transform into an Urban Community on January 1, 2016.
In June 2015, Christophe BÉCHU inaugurated the City of Connected Object (IoT City) in the presence of the President of the Republic, François Hollande, and his Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Macron. It is an industrial accelerator dedicated entirely to connected objects. On this occasion, Angers was awarded the French Tech label.
In October 2017, he hosted in Angers and chaired the World Electronics Forum, which brings together global decision-makers from the electronics industry for a few days each year. Since April 2018, he has chaired the French Transport Infrastructure Financing Agency (AFITF), a public institution responsible for coordinating the financing of major transport infrastructure projects.
A graduate in political science and law (with a specialization in local communities), Christophe BÉCHU was the winner of the entrance examination at the Ecole du Center Ouest des Avocats.
A history buff particularly that of the 20th century, he is married and has three children.