After a career in the social economy, Sylvie Guillaume joined the Socialist Party (PS) in 1988 in the Rhône region.
She has held various responsibilities in the French Socialist Party, including President of the Socialist National Council between 2000 and 2003.

Ms Guillaume was elected deputy mayor of Lyon in 2001 and 2008.

Since 2009, she is a Member of the European Parliament. Her political focal points are immigration and asylum issues and women’s rights. In 2012, she was elected Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, and since 2014 she is Vice-President of the European Parliament.



In my view, the purpose of the library is to bring together documentation that can help citizens understand changes in society. We want to help people understand changes, assimilate and share them.

Our work on gender deals with questions around sexuality. We try to answer each and every question about LGBT and related issues. We organise meetings and debates for those active in the gender movement to encourage mutual understanding.

Our aim is to help people live together beyond just giving access to knowledge – we want to give them an understanding of the world, as it is today and as it evolves. Questions about gender and sexuality are part of this societal change, too.