Jean-Paul Fournier


Born on 16th of october 1945

In Génolhac (Gard)


2 daughters


He studies at Lycée Dhuoda Nîmes 1957/1962

Graduated and decorated with the Gold Medal at the Higher Institute of Publicity in Bruxelles 1963

1967, created and managed an advertising company « Publi-DECO »

Creator and President of the professional organisation S.N.A.P.L.

(National Union of Craftsmen specialized in painted letters) for Languedoc-Roussillon in 1976

President of the professional organisation S.N.A.P.L. from 1982 to 1988

Calligraphy trainer at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nimes from 1970 to 1973

Trainer at the Professional Training Centre for Apprentices in Crafts and Commerce from 1979 to 1985

President of the Jury of (C.A.P) Certificate of Professional Aptitude in Calligraphy and Signage Professions.

Elected at The Chamber of Trades of the Gard from 1986 to 1999 (1st Vice-President from 1995 to 1999)

President of the jury of the Regional Prize of the Incentive Society of arts professions in 1986


Member of R.P.R. in 1977

Departmental secretary of the R.P.R. appointed by Alain JUPPÉ in 1992

Departemental secretary of the UMP 2002-2017

Executive councillor UMP

National Vice-President of the UMP 2013-2014

Member of LR (Les Républicains) since 2015


  • current:

Mayor of Nîmes elected on the18th mars 2001, reelected in 2008, 2014 et 2020

Member of the Agglomeration Community Office Nîmes-Métropole

  • Previous:

Deputy mayor of Nîmes (1983 – 1995)

Regional councillor of Languedoc-Roussillon from 1986 to 2000

Vice President of the Regional Council from 1992 to 2000

Chairman of the Committee on Transport, Road Infrastructure and Energy

County Councilor of Nîmes I from 1988 to 2008 (resignation following the election as Senator of the Gard)

President of the Agglomeration Community Office Nîmes-Métropole since january 2002, reelected in 2008 (end of fin de mandate april 2014)

Senator for the Gard region 21th of september 2008 reelected in 2014 (end of mandate in 2017,  in inforcement on the accumulation of mandates)

  • Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces
  • Member of the temporary mission on the Organization and evolution of Local Authorities
  • President of the France-Portugal Friendship Group


  • on Volunteer Firefighters: Overview and prospective reflection on the future of volunteering, entrusted by Mr Nicolas SARKOZY, Minister of the Interior, Internal Security and Local Freedoms, report submitted on March 2003
  • on flood forecasting and prevention, entrusted by MrNicolas SARKOZY, President of the Republic


Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

Chevalier des Palmes Académiques

Médaille de Bronze de la Jeunesse et des Sports

Médaille de Bronze de l’Enseignement Technique


Writer of « Confidences au cœur de Nîmes » (2007)