Didier Berberat

Former concillor from Neuchâtel in the Parlement, former MP and former president of the City of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

« We always keep tenderness or even love for the language of our youth. Beside this affective attachment, French language is for me the language of cultural diversity over the five continents of our planet. Whether I am in Quebec or Belgium or Burkina Faso, in Cambodia or in the Vanuatu as part of my diplomatic parliamentary mandate within international Francophony, I meet human beings whose destiny and culture are completely different. But what gathers us all together is the love of our beautiful language as well as the humanist values it conveys. »

Inhabitant of the Juras from his father and Alsatian from his mother, Didier Berberat was born on the first December 1956 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He graduated with a degree in law before passing the bar exam, he holds a degree in Journalism and was an assistant in Public law at the Neuchâtel University with Professors Jean-François Aubert and Philippe Bois. After working as an urban chancellor for the city of La Chaux-de-fonds from 1988 to 2000 he became a member and president of the city executive until 2010 while sitting at the Neuchâtel parliament from 1989 to 1995 where he oversaw the legislative commission. He is the author of the decree for a new Constitution. He was then elected in 1995 in the National Parliament on the socialist bench.
From 2009 to 2019, he was the MP from Neuchâtel to the State Parliament and as such member of several parliamentary committees and President of the Education, Communication and Cultural commission at the Francophone parliamentary Assembly. Since 2008 he leads the association « Défense du français ».

  • Interview with Didier Berberat. Part 1.

    Didier Berberat talks about his relationship with Francophone Africa.
  • Interview with Didier Berberat. Part 2.

    Didier Berberat talks about the situation of French language in Asia specifically within the former three French Indochinese countries.