Valérie Pécresse is a French politician. She has been deputy of the Yvelines since 16 May 2002, Minister for Higher Education and Research from 18 May 2007 to June 2011 and Minister of the Budget from then until May 2012.
She was also the Government's spokeswoman in the past and worked as an an auditor of the Conseil d'État until 1998, when she was designated Counselor of the President of the French Republic.
Pécresse has degrees from HEC Paris and ÉNA. She speaks French, English, Russian and Japanese.