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Eva Joly

Eva Joly
Member of the European Parliament
for France
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1943-12-05) 5 December 1943
Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Nationality French-Norwegian
Political party Europe Écologie–The Greens
Spouse(s) Pascal Joly (m.1967 divorce, deceased 2001)[1]
Children Caroline Joly and Julien Joly[1]
Residence Paris
Occupation politician, MEP
Profession judge

Eva Joly (French: ; born Gro Eva Farseth, 5 December 1943) is a Norwegian-born French magistrate («Juge d'instruction») and politician for Europe Écologie–The Greens. She represented this party as a candidate for the presidency of France in the 2012 elections.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Published works 3
    • Novel 3.1
  • Affiliations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Born in Grünerløkka, Oslo, she moved to Paris at 20 to work as an au pair.[2] There she married the son of the family that employed her, Pascal Joly (now deceased) and adopted her middle name 'Eva', which is easier to pronounce in French.[2]


Working as a secretary, she took her legal education at night school and became a magistrate when she was 38.[2] Joly specialised in financial affairs, and in 1990 she joined the High Court of Paris (Court of Cassation) as an investigating judge.

Here she quickly made a mark with her crusade against corruption, in particular taking on, among others, former minister Transparency International.

In 2002 she was asked by the

  • (French) Eva Joly's Biography
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  1. ^ a b "TRANSLATION: Le Figaro smears Eva Joly, the Green presidential aspirant in France". 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bowers, Simon (4 February 2011). "French legal firebrand turns her attention to corridors of power". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs anti-corruption project : November 2006 – June 2007 Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anti-Corruption Project". Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. January 2007. p. 4. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Eva Joly adviser to Icelandic justice minister
  5. ^ Eva Joly named "special adviser" (in Icelandic)
  6. ^ – Fréttir – Ekki nóg að Valtýr lýsi sig vanhæfan
  7. ^ Eva Joly ósátt með seinagang mála – íhugar að hætta afskiptum af íslenska hruninu « Eyjan
  8. ^ "Primaire écologiste : Eva Joly l'emporte par 58% des voix.".  
  9. ^ Eva Joly in Afghanistan
  10. ^ "Advisory Board – Global Financial Integrity". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 


Joly sits on the advisory board of the Washington-based think-tank Global Financial Integrity.[10]


  • Eva Joly and Judith Perrignon, Les yeux de Lira (Ardennes Editions, 2011) (trans. by Emily Read as The Eyes of Lira Kazan (Bitter Lemon Press, 2012); by Friðrik Rafnsson as Augu Líru (Skrudda, 2012))


  • Notre affaire à tous, 2000
  • Korrupsjonsjeger: Fra Grünerløkka til Palais de Justice, 2001
  • Est-ce dans ce monde-là que nous voulons vivre?, 2003
  • 9 May 2001 op-ed in Le Monde, signed with Renaud van Ruymbeke, Bernard Bertossa and other European magistrates or attorneys-general, titled "The black boxes of financial globalization", about the Clearstream scandal (Clearstream has been qualified as a "bank of banks" and accused of being a major platform of global money laundering and tax evasion)

Published works

She also worked in Afghanistan during July 2012 as part of an UN anti-corruption mission.[9]

In the first round of the presidential election she received 2.3% of the vote, and subsequently endorsed Socialist Party candidate François Hollande for the second round.

In 2011, Joly competed in the primaries of Europe Écologie–The Greens against Nicolas Hulot, Stephane L'Homme and Henri Stoll to represent the merged parties at the president of France in the election of 2012. She was elected in the second round of voting against Hulot, with 58% of votes.[8]

On 7 June 2009, Joly was elected as a French member of the European Parliament on the Ile de France "Europe Écologie" list, on which she was 2nd to Daniel Cohn-Bendit. She is chair of the Committee on Development.

On 10 June 2009, she was a guest at a popular talk show in Iceland – and implied that she would quit being an advisor to the Icelandic government if they did not do more to help the investigation.[6][7]

In 2009, Joly was employed as a special adviser by the Icelandic government to investigate the possibility that white-collar crime may have played a part in the 2008–2012 Icelandic financial crisis.[4][5]

In 2002, Reader's Digest named her European of the Year. The 2006 French film L'Ivresse du pouvoir (English title "Comedy of Power") is loosely based on Joly.[2]


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