Aurore Bergé: from car accident recovery to key French political figure

The story at hand pertains to Aurore Bergé, currently serving as the Minister for Solidarity and Family under Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne since July 2023. Prior to this role, Bergé represented the 10th constituency of the Yvelines department in the National Assembly from 2017.

Bergé, an ally of President Emmanuel Macron, was originally a member of The Republicans (LR) before switching to La République En Marche! (LREM) in the early part of 2017. From 2022 to 2023, she was at the helm of the party’s delegation in the National Assembly. She was initially a member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in 2002, which became The Republicans (LR) in 2015. She also served as a municipal council member for Magny-les-Hameaux since the 2014 elections.

In 2017, she supported Alain Juppé during the party primary leading up to the presidential election. The primary focus here is to provide an update on Aurore Bergé’s accident.

In 2018, Aurore Bergé was involved in a car accident in Essonne. As per “The Parisian,” the accident happened near Villiers-le-Bâcle, and it resulted in her car ending up in a ditch. Firefighters had to extricate her from the vehicle, and she was taken to a hospital in Yvelines for further examinations. Although she sustained minor injuries, she was conscious post-accident. As of now, she appears to be in good health and continues to actively participate in her career till 2023.

Before joining La République En Marche! in 2017, Bergé was a member of The Republicans. She won the 10th constituency of the Yvelines department in the 2017 parliamentary election, defeating incumbent Christian Democrat Jean-Frédéric Poisson.

Between 2017 to 2019, she served as a spokesperson for her parliamentary group under Richard Ferrand and Gilles Le Gendre. Bergé also contested for Le Gendre’s position as the group’s chair in 2020 but was unsuccessful against former interior minister Christophe Castaner. However, she was appointed as his deputy, holding the position of group president delegate.

From 2022 to 2023, she headed the Renaissance parliamentary group. In October 2023, she was part of the first joint cabinet retreat of the French and German administrations, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in Hamburg.

Bergé stirred controversy in 2019 when she backed a proposed law by Éric Ciotti of The Republicans, which sought to ban women from wearing hijabs while accompanying student groups on school excursions. This move was opposed by several LREM members, including Coralie Dubost, Cécile Rilhac, Jean-Michel Mis, Stéphane Trompille, and Éric Bothorel. She again went against the party line in February 2022, supporting a Republican resolution to ban hijabs in sporting events along with six other LREM lawmakers.