Born 13 May 1957 in Le Creusot, France. Married with one daughter. Enjoys contemporary art (painting, sculpture), reading, and sports, especially gymnastics and golf.
Claudie Haigneré became the first European woman to work on the International Space Station during the Andromède mission in October 2001.
On 17 June 2002 Claudie Haigneré was appointed to the post of Minister for Research and New Technologies by the French Prime Minister.