Minister of Labor, Labor Relations, Family, and Solidarity Xavier Bertrand of France

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Born on March 21, 1965 in Châlons-sur-Marne, in the Marne département, of the Champagne-Ardenne région of France, Xavier Bertrand is the son of Jean-Pierre Bertrand, a bank executive and of Madeleine Bedin, a bank employee.
Insurance agent by profession, Bertrand married Emmmanuelle Gontier, advisor in human resources on July 11, 1998.
Bertrand was at the early age of 16 already a militant for the Rally for the Republic (RPR), and quickly went into politics.
The French Minister of Health Xavier Bertrand has announced that the prohibition on blood donations by gay men will end after 23 years.
Why not a nap at work? It can't be a taboo subject," Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said Monday.
Paris, Nov 15, 2007 - French Labour Minister Xavier Bertrand has demanded that striking unions call off their stoppages in order to holdnegotiations on the disputed pension reformsat the heart of France's crippling strikes onThursday night.
On Wednesday evening, Bertrand said he would give trade unions and companies a month to negotiate.
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The French health minister Xavier Bertrand said recently that he wanted to ban smoking in most restaurants next year.
Angers Critics (Update1) Bloomberg News, 2006-08-23 The French government may ban smoking in public places starting Jan 1, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said today, drawing the ire of lobbies that say it's too early for such a measure.
In an interview with Le Figaro daily, Bertrand said he wanted to implement a decree banning smoking in restaurants and work spaces.
PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will study a plan for killing mosquitoes in case a crippling disease that has hit La Reunion island spreads to mainland France, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Tuesday.
Chikungunya fever has infected a fifth of La Reunion's population and Bertrand said on Monday that several dozen people returning to the mainland from the Indian Ocean region had the disease, which can be transmitted only by mosquitoes.
Bertrand says the disease has already directly or indirectly killed 77 people on La Reunion, a distant French territory and tourist destination off the southeast coast of Africa.
No surprise, but Xavier Bertrand has been named interim head of the UMP.