Mr Jean-Marie Bockel, began his career as a lawyer. In 1976, he opened his own law office in Mulhouse in France and practised there until 1984.
He then held various positions as Secretary of State to the French Minister for Trade and then as Minister for French Trade, Craft Industry and Tourism in 1986. He subsequently became spokesman for Jean-Pierre Chevènement within the “Socialism and Republic” movement in 1987. Mr Jean-Marie Bockel is elected General Councillor of the Haut-Rhin for more than ten years, he was then elected Mayor of Mulhouse in 1989 and then Senator of the Haut-Rhin in 2004.
With his experience in politics, he became Secretary of State for Cooperation and Francophony to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2007, then Secretary of State for Defence and Veterans in 2008, before being appointed Secretary of State for Justice in 2009. After he departed from the government, he returned to his mandate as a senator.
He is also an Officer of the Legion of Honour.