Hervé Morin

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Hervé Morin
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Minister of Defence
In office
18 May 2007 – 14 November 2010
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Michèle Alliot-Marie
Succeeded by Alain Juppé (Defence and Veterans Affairs)
Personal details
Born (1961-08-17) 17 August 1961 (age 53)
Pont-Audemer, France
Political party New Centre (2007–present)
Other political
Union for French Democracy (Before 2007)
Alma mater Paris Institute of Political Science
Website Official website

Hervé Morin (born 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Eure) is a French politician, leader of the New Center party and a former French Minister of Defence.

Political carrier[edit]

Member of National Assembly[edit]

He was elected as a representative in the French National Assembly on 16 June 2002, in the 3rd constituency of Eure, Normandy. He was the president of the group UDF in the National Assembly. After the UDF's candidate for the 2007 presidential election, François Bayrou, didn't make it to the 2nd round, he hinted that he attempted to create an alliance with the Socialist Party and decided to found a new political party: the Democratic Movement (or MoDem). Consequently, Morin, who is of the center-right and an ally of the presidential election's winner, Nicolas Sarkozy, made it an organisation within the presidential majority in the National Assembly. It is now called New Centre and he is the leader.

After the creation of the UMP, he took the presidency of the UDF group at the National Assembly, from 2002 to 2007. While Morin was joining the government as minister of Defence in July 2007, Marc Vampa New Centre replaced him as representative.

2012 presidential election[edit]

On 27 November 2011, Hervé Morin officially announced his intention to run for the 2012 French presidential election.[1] During his campaign he claimed to have been present at the allied invasion of Normandy (1944), although he was not born until 1961. [2] On 16 February 2012, he announced he withdrew his candidacy and will support Nicolas Sarkozy.[3]

Political functions and mandates[edit]

Governmental functions

Minister of Defence : 2007–2010

Electoral mandates

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Eure (3rd constituency) : 1998–2007 (Became minister in 2007) / And since 2010. Elected in 1998, reelected in 2002, 2007.

General Council

General councillor of Eure : 1992–2004. Reelected in 1998.

Regional Council

Regional councillor of Haute-Normandie : Since 2004.

Municipal Council

Mayor of Epaignes : Since 1995. Reelected in 2001, 2008.

Municipal councillor of Epaignes : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.

Community of communes Council

President of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.

Member of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Catherine Broussot-Morin, a lawyer with whom he has twins, a 12 year old boy and girl.

His political role models are Charles de Gaulle and Pierre Mendès-France.

All his grandparents were Norman farmers (his maternal grandfather, André Cardine, was also the mayor of Fatouville-Grestain for 30 years) and he wanted to take over the family farm when he was younger but his father, owner of a masonry firm, opposed it so he pursued studies first in Caen and then in Paris instead.

Hervé Morin supports the reunification of both Normandies (a cause for which he created an association in 2000), a pledge he made on 26 November 2006 in Épaignes, the city where he grew up and of which he had been the mayor since 1995.


  1. ^ "Hervé Morin made official his candidacy for the presidential election". Le Monde (in French). 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Samuel, Henry (25 January 2012). "'Time travelling' French presidential candidate ridiculed for Normandy claims". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  3. ^ Lefigaro.fr

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Michèle Alliot-Marie
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Alain Juppé
as Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs