François Asselineau

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François Asselineau
François Asselineau - UPR.jpg
President of the Popular Republican Union
Assumed office
March 25, 2007
Preceded by None - Party created
Municipal councillor
for 19th arrondissement of Paris
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-09-14) 14 September 1957 (age 57)
Paris, France
Nationality France French
Political party Popular Republican Union
Children 2
Alma mater HEC Paris
École nationale d'administration
Occupation Civil Servant
Profession Inspector General
Business School professor

François Asselineau (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swa asəlino]; born September 14, 1957) is a French politician and an Inspector General. He belonged to the Rally for France (RPF), before creating his own political party, Popular Republican Union, (UPR Union Populaire Républicaine), a movement proposing France's unilateral withdrawal from the European Union, the Eurozone and NATO. He was an announced candidate for the 2012 French presidential election but failed to muster the 500 signatures from elected politicians to run for president.


Asselineau enrolled in HEC Paris where he graduated with the MSc in Management from the Grande école program in 1980. He enrolled at École nationale d'administration (ENA) where he graduated in 1985.[1]

Ministerial career[edit]

After graduating from HEC Paris and before enrolling at École nationale d'administration (ENA), Asselineau started his career in Japan in the department of economic expansion for National Service Overseas (CSNE).[2] Asselineau served in 1985 as inspector General in the inspection générale des Finances.

From 1989 to 1990, he was chief of mission for the National Credit. He was also president of the direction of the Society for Economical and Financial Analysis and Diagnostic (SADEF). In 1991, he became chief of mission of the Asia-Oceania office at the Direction of Foreign Economical Relation (DREE) in the Ministry of Economy and Finance in the Pierre Bérégovoy government.

From 1994 to 1995, he served as minister-counsellor for international affairs[3] in the Ministry of Industry in the Edouard Balladur government.

In June 1995, he was named director of the office of the Ministry of Tourism.[4] In 1996, he moved to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of economic matters for Asia, Oceania and Latin America until the dissolution of parliament by Jacques Chirac in 1997.

Engagement in Politics[edit]

In 1999, François Asselineau engaged himself in politics by becoming a member of the Rally for France (RPF), a party created by Charles Pasqua and Philippe de Villiers. He became a member of the national bureau, director of studies and spokesman of the party until autumn 2005.[5] On July 27, 2000, François Asselineau became vice-director of the general council of the Hauts-de-Seine. He was in charge of economic and international affairs.[1] On March 19, 2001, François Asselineau was elected as a member of the council of Paris in the 19e arrondissement de Paris. His list, a right-wing dissident list made with an agreement between Jean Tiberi and Charles Pasqua, was in a triangular against a Rally for the Republic (RPR) list and unified left list composed with Socialist Party (PS).[6] On May 23, 2001, Charles Pasqua nominated François Asselineau as the director of his office of the presidency of the general council of Hauts-de-Seine[7] where he worked until March 30, 2004 when Nicolas Sarkozy took over the position of Charles Pasqua.

On October 20, 2004, Nicolas Sarkozy nominated François Asselineau as the director of the general delegation for economic intelligence within the Minister of Economy and Finance.[8] On December 31, 2004, he decided to join the group Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) at the Council of Paris.[9] On November 3, 2006, he decided to quit the group and seat with the non-inscrit just after Françoise de Panafieu, for whom he worked, was elected president of the council of Paris for the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).[10]

Creation of the UPR[edit]

In November 2006, Asselineau joined the steering committee of Rally for an Independent and Sovereign France (RIF), a party created by Paul-Marie Coûteaux,[11] but left three months later. On March 25, 2007, for the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty signature, he created the Popular Republican Union (UPR).[12]

In September 2007, Asselineau participated in a dissident political group named Paris Libre with several other ex-UMP members.[13] The group ran several lists against the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), and Asselineau ran a list in the 17e arrondissement de Paris against Françoise de Panafieu.[14] However, he then backtracked, denouncing consequent pressure on the members of his list.[15][16]

2012 French presidential election[edit]

In January 2011, Asselineau announced his intention to run for the 2012 French presidential election.[17] He confirmed his candidacy in December 2011 during the national congress of the Popular Republican Union.[18] However, François Asselineau was finally not among the ten candidates officially endorsed by Constitutional council, as he could muster only 17[12] out of the 500 signatures from elected politicians that are necessary to run for president.[18] As a consequence, Asselineau called for boycotting the election that he described as not being democratic.[19]

2013 French legislative election[edit]

Following the Cahuzac affair and the resignation of Jérôme Cahuzac for whom Asselineau worked as civil servant under the Ministry of Finance, Asselineau decided to run for the legislative election in the Lot-et-Garonne's 3rd constituency aside with Régis Chamagne.[20] His candidacy has been qualified as atypical by the magazine La Dépêche du Midi[20] and considered as one of the thoughtful candidacies not representing a major party by the magazine L'Express.[21] However, he was described as being parachuted to what he explained that it was not applicable for legislative election since members of the National Assembly are representing the whole nation not a region.[20]

Asselineau's goal to run for this election was to expose the Popular Republican Union analysis to the locals that the European Union is "a deception"[20] and "the cause of their problem". In addition, He wanted to galvanize party's members and to gain in notoriety thanks to the media exposure of this election.[22] He failed to reach the second round with a score of 0.58%.[23]

2014 European Parliament election[edit]

Asselineau ran for the 2014 European Parliament election as the head of the list for the Île-de-France constituency. His purpose was to introduce UPR's program hoping to bring electors deceived from the current political system to his analysis and gain in notoriety thanks to the media exposure.[24][25] Asselineau complained to CSA to not have access to media and claimed that media's principle of equity was to expose parties that are already well-known.[26] The CSA issued two warnings at 10 and 2 days before the end of the campaign about the emergency to balance the desequilibrium of the parties exposure.[27] He scored 0.56% of votes cast in his constituency.[28]

Political platform and position on recent topics[edit]

Asselineau runs on a neither right nor left[29][30] anti-EU platform, stating that all French policy decisions are made by an "unelected oligarchy, not French," leading to the political disaffection of the French public, and that the continued rule of the EU over European affairs will lead to a "global apartheid." [31] He believes that withdrawal from the EU and the euro by means of TEU Article 50[32] will get France out of its current crisis by regaining capital, goods and person flow regulation control.[30][31] He further favors the nationalisation of TF1, La Poste, Gaz de France, highways, water management and troubled banks.[29][31]

Complaints against Media[edit]

Asselineau has claimed to be the victim of censorship by the French media. As a declared candidate for the French presidential election, 2012, he believes that French media are not following the recommendation advised by the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA)[vague].[33] In response to Asselineau's complaint, the CSA confirmed that any potential candidate has to be treated fairly, and that all communication tools will be taken in account to measure the candidate's representativeness, including Internet ones[34][non-primary source needed]

Asselineau has also charged the French Wikipedia with censoring his page. According to Numerama, the page was repeatedly deleted from the French Wikipedia because Asselineau does not meet the requisite notability criteria.[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "François Asselineau," Les Échos, no. 18202 (July 27, 2000), page 46.
  2. ^ "Cabinet de Françoise de PANAFIEU François ASSELINEAU," Les Échos, no. 16905 (May 24, 1995), page 44.
  3. ^ "Cabinet de Gérard Longuet Philippe ANDRES François ASSELINEAU". 16566. Les Échos. 21 January 1994. p. 39. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Composition du cabinet de Françoise de Panafieu," Les Échos, no. 16917 (13 June 1995), page 58.
  5. ^ "François ASSELINEAU – Président de l’UPR," Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  6. ^ [1] Libération, Ile-de-France. Paris (75), March 19, 2001
  7. ^ "BERNARD BLED, ancien secrétaire général de la Ville de Paris, devient directeur général des services administratifs du conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine," Le Monde (23 May 2001).
  8. ^ [2] Les Échos, François Asselineau, October 20, 2004
  9. ^ [3] Le Parisien, Ça bouge à l'UMP, 31 December 2004
  10. ^ [4] Le Parisien, Démission remarquée à l'UMP, 3 November 2006
  11. ^ Laurent de Boissieu. "Rassemblement pour l'indépendance et la souveraineté de la France (RIF)". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Houchard, Béatrice. "Trois recalés de la présidentielle en repêchage à Villeneuve-sur-Lot", Le Figaro, May 30, 2013. Retrieved on 1 October 2013
  13. ^ Marie-Anne GAIRAUD (September 27, 2007). "Bertrand Delanoë bientôt dans les arrondissements...". Le Parisien. 
  14. ^ "24 Heures". Le Parisien. December 22, 2007. 
  15. ^ "XVIIe: un divers droite jette l'éponge". Le Figaro. Agence France-Presse. February 21, 2008. 
  16. ^ Benoît Hasse (February 26, 2008). "Panafieu malmenée dans son fief du XVIIe". Le Parisien. 
  17. ^ Choq FM, "L'autre monde" (The other world), 14 February 2011
  18. ^ a b Houchard, Béatrice. "Asselineau candidat à la présidentielle", Le Parisien, 3 December 2011. Retrieved on 1 October 2013
  19. ^ "French presidential candidate calls for boycotting elections", Al-Alam, 19 April 2012. Retrieved on 2 October 2013 [5]
  20. ^ a b c d Schrepf, Jerôme. "Villeneuve-sur-lot. L'UPR entre conquête et résistance", LaDépê, 24 May 2013. Retrieved on 1 October 2013
  21. ^ Bontemps-Terry, Nina. "Villeneuve-sur-Lot: après la démission de Cahuzac, le PS a beaucoup à perdre", L'Express, 16 June 2013. Retrieved on 2 October 2013
  22. ^ Olivari, Candice. "Les candidats à l'élection législative partielle en Lot-et-Garonne", France 3, June 10, 2013. Retrieved on 1 October 2013
  23. ^ "Election législative partielle : les résultats définitifs", Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 23 june 2013. Retrieved on 1 October 2013
  24. ^ "Asselineau (UPR) à Ermont", Le Parisien, 21 May 2014. Retrieved on 24 June 2014
  25. ^ Lemonnier, Jérôme. "Les « petits partis » partent à l’assaut des européennes", Essone Info, 22 May 2014. Retrieved on 24 June 2014.
  26. ^ Thompson, Yann. "Européennes : la galère des petits candidats", France TV, 21 May 2014. Retrieved on 24 June 2014.
  27. ^ Blachier, Gregory. "Européennes-Le CSA met en garde sur les temps de parole", Reuters, 21 May 2014. Retrieved on 24 June 2014
  28. ^ "Résultats européennes 2014 Île-de-France", France TV, 30 May 2014. Retrieved on 24 June 2014
  29. ^ a b Ève MOULINIER (February 12, 2012). "François Asselineau, le candidat qui dit non à l’UE". Le Dauphiné Libéré. 
  30. ^ a b "LE NORD - PAS-DE-CALAIS DE A À Z". La Voix du nord. February 28, 2012. 
  31. ^ a b c Isabelle Dupont (February 29, 2012). "Un petit candidat contre la grande Europe". Nord éclair. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  32. ^ Laurent de Boissieu (March 15, 2012). "Présidentielle: Ces "petits" candidats qui veulent se faire entendre". La croix. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  33. ^ Seymour, Jean-Jacques (5 March 2012). "l'invité de Jean-Jacques Seymour". Tropiques FM. 
  34. ^ Boyon, Michel (8 February 2012). "Letter sent to the national secretary of UPR". Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel. 
  35. ^ Champeau, Guillaume (5 March 2012). "Un candidat à l'élection présidentielle privé de page Wikipédia". Numerama. 

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