Before her election to the European Parliament (UMP-"les républicains"), she held several political mandates, both local and national: chairwoman of the Réunion Island regional Council (1993–1998, member since 1998), Secretary of State for the French-Speaking World (1995–1997). She worked to make French the second official language of the Atlanta Olympic Games.
She is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement, which is part of the European People's Party, and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries and its Committee on Regional Development.
She is a member of the delegation to the EU–Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, a substitute for the delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and, as Head of the French UMP MEP delegation, a member of the EPP-ED bureau.
- Specialisation in anaesthesia and resuscitation (1976)
- Doctor of medicine (1977)
- Replacement anaesthetist (including resuscitation) (1971–1977)
- Anaesthetist (including resuscitation) at the Joan of Arc Clinic (La Réunion) (1977–1995)
- Chairman of the Réunion Island Regional Council (1993–1998)
- State Secretary for the French-Speaking World (1995–1997)
- Member of the European Parliament (elected 1999, 2004). She did not candidate in 2009 elections.
- Knight of the Legion of Honour (1999)
- Officer of the Legion of Honour (2010)
- Whitney, Craig R. (28 July 1996). "The Language Wars;To the Barricades, Speaking in Tongues". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
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