Gérard Collomb (born 20 June 1947) is a French politician of the Socialist Party. He served as Mayor of Lyon from March 2001 to July 2017 and since November 2018 and was from May 2017 until October 2018 the Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government. He is currently municipal councillor for the city of Lyon and councillor for the Metropolis of Lyon.
Collomb was elected as a Socialist municipal councillor for the 9th arrondissement of Lyon in the French municipal elections, 1977, and has been re-elected six times since then. In 1981, aged 34, he was elected to the French National Assembly. He was re-elected in 1986 but lost his seat in 1988. From 1989 on, he led by the municipal opposition to Michel Noir on the Lyon municipal council. From 1992 to 1999 he also served as regional councillor for the Rhône-Alpes region, before his resignation.
Collomb was defeated in the 1995 local elections in Lyon, and became Mayor of the 9th arrondissement and Vice-President of the Urban Community of Lyon, until 2001. He ran as leader of the Plural Left list in the 2001 local elections. He was elected Mayor on 25 March and also elected as president of the Urban Community of Lyon, a post he held until 2014. Among the projects he has implemented is the Vélo'v.
In 2004, Collomb was re-elected Senator for the Rhône. He was re-elected as Mayor of Lyon by a large margin in March 2008, defeating Dominique Perben of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in the first round by a landslide. He was re-elected again in 2014.
Ahead of the 2008 Reims Congress, Collomb led the "Hope on the left, proud to be Socialist" (French: L'espoir à gauche, fier(e)s d'être socialistes) motion of behalf of Ségolène Royal. He was a finalist for the 2010 World Mayor prize.
Collomb has been President of the Metropolis of Lyon from 2015 to 2017. Since 2017, he has been councillor for the Metropolis of Lyon .
Career in national politics
Collomb was one of Emmanuel Macron's first close allies and vocal supporters among leading Socialists ahead of the 2017 presidential elections. On 17 May 2017, he was named Minister of the Interior in the Philippe Government. Lyon Deputy mayor Georges Képénékian was elected as Lyon mayor succeeding Collomb.