Mr Alain Richard is a French politician and former Defense Minister.
An alumnus of the Ecole nationale d'administration, he was mayor of Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône and member of the French parliament, elected in Val d'Oise.
Mr Richard is a member of the Socialist Party (PS), and was named French Minister of Defense from 1997 to 2002 in the Lionel Jospin Cabinet. In 2011 he was re-elected to the French Senate for Val d'Oise, and is currently a member of the European Affairs Commission in the Senate.
He is a member of the Executive Board for the European Leadership Network (ELN).