Philippe Moureaux

Philippe Moureaux (12 April 1939 – 15 December 2018[1]) was a Belgian politician, senator, mayor of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, and professor of economic history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He held the honorary title of Minister of State and was a member of the Order of Leopold II and the Order of Leopold.

Philippe Moureaux
Minister-President of the French Community
In office
12 February 1988  9 May 1988
Preceded byPhilippe Monfils
Succeeded byValmy Feaux
In office
22 December 1981  9 December 1985
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPhilippe Monfils
Personal details
Born(1939-04-12)12 April 1939
Etterbeek, Belgium
Died15 December 2018(2018-12-15) (aged 79)
Political partySocialist Party
Alma materFree University of Belgium, French


His first government post was a Minister of the Interior and Institutional Reform in the government of Wilfried Martens (Martens III) in 1980. Moureaux's name was attached to the loi contre le racisme et la xénophobie (Law against Racism and Xenophobia) of 30 July 1981 as he was then serving as Minister of Justice.

Resigning from the Federal Government in 1993, Moureaux's coalition defeated the incumbent mayor of Molenbeek Léon Spiegels at the 1994 council elections. A key part of Moureaux's campaign, then and since, was the involvement of ethnic minorities in the campaign, Mariem Bouselmati of Ecolo being the first Belgian of Moroccan origin elected in Molenbeek. In 2004, as a senator, Moureaux submitted the law granting the right of foreigners to vote in municipal elections.

However, Moureaux's attempts at revitalizing the municipality were not successful. An example was the withdrawal of BBDO in June 2011 from the town. In an open letter addressed to Moureaux, ten employees of this American advertising agency cited over 150 attacks on their staff by locals as principal reason for their departure.[2] As a result, serious questions have been raised about governance, security, and the administration of Mayor Moureaux.[3]


Select bibliography

  • Les comptes d'une société charbonnière à la fin de l'Ancien Régime (La société de Redemont à Haine-St-Pierre - La Hestre). Brussels, Palais des Académies, 1969. 248 p., illustrated, (Commission Royale d'Histoire).


  1. edm. "PS-boegbeeld Philippe Moureaux overleden". De Standaard.
  2. "Archives -". lacapitale. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. "BBDO zwaar ontgoocheld in Moureaux". De Standaard. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. "Philippe Moureaux".

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Political offices
New office Minister-President of the French Community
Succeeded by
Philippe Monfils
Preceded by
Philippe Monfils
Minister-President of the French Community
Succeeded by
Valmy Feaux
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