Jean-Luc Schaffhauser is from Alsace. Born in 1955, he became a philosophy teacher at the age of 19 but left teaching four years later.

He was then parliamentary attaché to Marcel Rudloff, senator, mayor of Strasbourg and president of the regional Council of Alsace. Until 1992, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser was in charge of environmental and energy policies, and was involved in the local and territorial development of the entire Alsace Region.

In 1986, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser became chairman and one of the founding members of IRCOD (the Alsace Regional Institute for Development Cooperation), an organisation devoted to aid and development, especially in Africa.

Jean-Luc Schaffhauser was also adviser to the president of the National Assembly, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, on decentralisation. He participated in the implementation of the Assembly of European Regions (AER).

As part as his responsibilities for cooperation between European regions, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser visited Central Europe before the fall of the Berlin wall and promoted the emergence of a forum of coordination between these countries, on the advice of his friend Rocco Buttiglione, then himself an adviser to the Holy See.

When the wall came down, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser was elected President of the European Democratic Forum, to bring together the presidents of Central European countries. He became president of the European Academy, which gathers together the leaders of foundations from all over Europe to work on strategic questions: energy, defence and Immigration. He travelled to Russia in 1991 to engage a dialogue between the Holy See and the Orthodox Church.

In 1992, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser left public service to become an independent consultant and corporate director. He worked for different companies – from 2000 till 2008 for Dassault civil & military aviation; as a consultant for PDM, a program for the decentralisation of the World Bank in Africa and Asia; and as consultant to an investment fund.

In 2004 he was appointed by the French government, to organise a Franco-Russian dialogue on energy efficiency in Russia, the country where he was also a consultant for Dassault and Total.

In 2007 he retired from all his various activities to devote his energy in to the analysis of the European financial and economic crises. He published several collective works within CAPEC (Crises, Analyses, Propositions, Experimentations, Communication) foundation, as well as other social and economic articles. The books include “Crise financière, stop ou encore (“Financial crisis, stop or continue”, September 2009) and “Relance par le pouvoir d’achat et l’investissement” (“Relaunch through purchasing power & Investments”) (with Alain d’Iribarne,, January 2011). Since September 2012, he has again up his activities as an international independent consultant.

In 2014, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser joined the political movement “Rassemblement Bleu Marine”, a political structure which includes several political sovereignist and patriotic parties under the patronage of Marine Le Pen. He set up and led the Strasbourg Bleu Marine list for the Strasbourg municipal elections, obtaining two elected representatives for Strasbourg’s municipal council.

He was elected a Member of the European Parliament in May 2014.