Corinne Lepage is a lawyer, Member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
She is a former French Environment Minister and is the founder and President since 1996 of the Citizenship, Action, Participation for the 21st Century Party (CAP21). She is also the founding member of the CRII-VIE, the Association for the Study of the Impact of Genetic Techniques upon the Living. In 1978, she founded, along with her husband, the first French law firm specializing in environmental rights, Huglo Lepage.
The Amoco-Cadiz disaster, in which she represented local communities damaged by an American oil tanker in 1978, brought her to the forefront of media coverage. She then worked on many cases concerning the environment, along with local associations and groups.