Ambassadrice et conseillère auprès du Directeur général de l'Agence spatiale européenne
MD rheumatologist (Hospital Cochin Paris 1984-90), PhD Neurosciences (CNRS (1986-1990)), Astronaut, Politician, CEO of a public establishment.
Selected by CNES (French space agency) in 1985 as an astronaut candidate, training in Star City Russia from 1992, first space mission (16 days ) on board Mir space station in 1996, became member of the European Astronaut Corps for ESA (European Space Agency) in 1999, second space mission (10 days) on board the ISS in 2001.
Part of the French Government under the presidency of Jacques Chirac, as delegate minister for research (2002-2004) and then delegate minister for European Affairs (2004-2005)
Advisor to ESA’s DG for European space strategy (2005-2009)
CEO of Universcience « science museum »(Palais de la Découverte + Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie) (2009-2015)
Senior advisor to ESA’s DG (from 2015 April 1st)