Born in La Bouillie, Côtes-d'Armor, the son of tenant farmers, Hervé graduated in public law at the university of Rennes and also has a graduate degree in political science. He became a teacher in administrative law and in constitutional law in 1969. Hervé has a daughter and twin sons.
Mayor of Rennes
Hervé made his way in politics through activism and became the mayor of Rennes in 1977. He abandoned his job as a teacher to dedicate himself to his mandate. He started an innovative urban policy which he carried on fervently: social mix, support for cultural activities, ecology, development of public transportation (see Rennes Metro). On 20 January 2007, he announced that he would not apply for a 6th mandate as mayor of the city.
Deputy and minister
Hervé was elected for the first time as deputy during the legislative election in 1981. He became French Minister of Health (1981 / 1983–1986) and Minister of Energy (1981–1983). As Secretary of Health in the Fabius government, he was found guilty on 3 March 1999 by the court of justice of the Republic in the case of contaminated blood but has been dispensed from any punishment.
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