Born in 1951, this son of a Greek immigrant joined the French PS in 1986. Before that, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis was a student leader in the 70’s.
He was a member of the French national assembly, (first elected in 1988 and 1997), he is also an academic. He defines himself as a product of the social movement. He was the chair of a students’ union at a time of radicalisation of the French youth and was one of the founders of the international students association.
Leader of the PS from mid-april 2014 to June 2017, he had previously been in charge of international and European affairs in the party’s board under the leadership of Martine Aubry and Harlem Désir.
Prior to this portfolio, he was in charge of relations with other parties and with workers’ unions during Lionel Jospin’s Plural Left (a red-green-red coalition). He was also editor of the Revue Socialiste, the party’s theoretical review and of the party’s summer university. As the number two of the PS, under the leadership of François Hollande, he was in charge of the organisation and management of local branches.
Since 2012, Cambadélis is vice president of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and has worked to define PES’ programme and strategy.
Cambadélis wrote many books on the Left and right wing populism. He proposed a strategy to renew the Socialist International and he also led the drafting of the PES Manifesto in 2014.