|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (August 2011)|
|Minister of Industrial Renewal|
16 May 2012
|Prime Minister||Jean-Marc Ayrault|
|Preceded by||Eric Besson|
30 October 1962 |
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Domestic partner||Audrey Pulvar
|Alma mater||Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Institute of Political Studies, Paris
Arnaud Montebourg (French pronunciation: [aʁ.no mɔ̃t.buʁ]; born 30 October 1962) is a French politician who has served in the government of France as Minister of Industrial Renewal since May 2012. Previously he served as Deputy for the sixth district of Saône-et-Loire in the National Assembly of France from 1997 to 2012, and he was President of the General Council of Saône et Loire from 2008 to 2012. A member of the Socialist Party, Montebourg was a candidate in the Socialist presidential primary of 2011.
Born at Clamecy in Nièvre, he is the son of Michel Montebourg, a civil servant employed in the Ministry of Economy and Finances, and Leïla Ould Cadi, a professor of Algerian descent, who was born to a family of Wālis from Hachem, northern Algeria.
Arnaud Montebourg became an attorney following university. Together with the notable attorney Thierry Levy (fr), he defended Christian Didier (fr), charged in the 1993 slaying of René Bousquet. The former Vichy official had been indicted for war crimes and was soon to be tried. Didier was convicted in 1995 and received a 10-year sentence.
Together with Bastien François (fr), a Professor of Political Science at the Sorbonne University, in 2001 Montebourg was the cofounder of the Convention pour la VI-ème République (C6R). This convention called for significant constitutional changes, leading to the founding of a "Sixth Republic".
Montebourg was one of the founding members of the political movement known as the Nouveau Parti Socialiste (New Socialist Party). He left to create a new movement within the socialist party called Rénover, Maintenant (Renewal Now). He was one of the leading opponents of President Jacques Chirac's immunity from prosecution, especially concerning the corruption scandals in the Paris region. Montebourg also supported reporter Denis Robert for his role in revealing the illegal system of double-accounts maintained by Clearstream, a clearing-house based in Luxembourg.
Montebourg was appointed as spokesman for Ségolène Royal's presidential campaign following his endorsement of her candidacy during the Socialist Party primary election of November 2006. On 18 January 2007, Royal suspended Montebourg from her campaign for one month the day after he said on a Canal+ talk show, "Ségolène Royal has only one fault, her partner." He was referring to the contradictory statements on tax policy made by Royal's partner, François Hollande, a leader of the Socialist Party. Montebourg had offered his resignation, which Royal refused to accept.
Montebourg ranked third in the Parti Socialiste's primary election for the 2012 French presidential election, receiving about 17% of the votes. (François Hollande was first and Martine Aubry was second).
He made a controversial statement that nuclear energy is "an industry of the future" despite the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Interior Minister Manuel Valls backed up Montebourg while the alliance of the Socialist Party with the Green Party might worsen if this statement confirms in practice a backtracking of the nuclear commitment of François Hollande and the Ayrault Cabinet. In November 2012, Arnaud Montebourg made further controversial statements about Lakshmi Mittal by declaring that "Mittal's lies since 2006 are overwhelming … he's never kept his word", urging him to leave the country: "We no longer want Mittal in France because they don't respect France".
Marriage and family
In 2010, celebrity magazines revealed that he was in a relationship with Audrey Pulvar, a French television journalist. They announced the end of their relationship on 18 November 2012.
Minister for Industrial Renewal : Since May 2012.
National Assembly of France
President of the General Council of Saône-et-Loire : 2008-2012 (Resignation).
General councillor of Saône-et-Loire : Since 2008.
- In an interview to an Algerian electronic newspaper in February 2010, Montebourg said, "My grandfather is Algerian. His name was Khermiche Ould Cadi. He is from a family of the Mascara plain, from Dombasle to be precise. "Mon grand père est Algérien. Il s’appelait Khermiche Ould Cadi. Il est issu d’une famille de la plaine de Mascara, de Dombasle, exactement. ", in: Guemache, Lounes (25 February 2010). "La France n’a aucune raison de ne pas regarder en face ce qu’elle a été". Tout sur l'Algérie (TSA) (in French). Retrieved 18 August 2010.; the town named Dombasle during the colonization bears now the name of Hachem
- MARY DEJEVSKY, "Killer's tale stirs ghosts of Vichy", The Independent (UK), 7 November 1995, 28 May 2012
- Gary Borg, "Writer Sentenced In Vichy Slaying", Chicago Tribune, 14 November 1995, accessed 28 May 2012
- "Swiss and French squabble over tax", Al-Jazeera, January 6, 2007
- "Royal rétablit l’ordre juste en suspendant Montebourg", Le Figaro, January 18, 2007
- "Strauss-Kahn regrets 'moral failing'", Hindustantimes.com, September 19, 2011
- Profile: Hollande's government for France, BBC News, 16 May 2012
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