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Pierre Lellouche (born 3 May 1951) is a French politician and a member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party. He was Secretary of State for Foreign Trade under the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde. He was also the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from November 2004 to 17 November 2006. He was elected deputy of Sarcelles in 1993, and retained his seat at the National Assembly until 2002. He has been director of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is of Jewish origin.
Life and career
Lellouche was born in Tunis, Tunisia, among the small local Jewish community. He defended a traditional view of the family during the discussions concerning the Pacte civil de solidarité (PACS), a form of civil union, during which he mentioned some “homophobic” arguments according to several observers. However later on in 2003 he was in favour of a law introducing harsher punishments for abuses against homosexuals.
He is also a strong opponent of the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF) first voted under François Mitterrand. Now a supporter of President Nicolas Sarkozy, he is also a member of the UMP group named "Les Réformateurs," counting around 80 deputies, and which advocates the deep reform of the administration and the liberalization of the economy.
Lellouche has recently called the UK Conservative Party's policy on the EU "pathetic" and a kind of political autism claiming "They have essentially castrated your UK influence in the European parliament."
He is divorced from Anne-Laure Banon, half-sister of Tristane Banon, in the news in 2011 for opposing lawsuits by and against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, his former opponent in the 1993 legislative elections.
Secretary of State for Foreign trade : 2010-2012.
Secretary of State for European Affairs : 2009-2010.
National Assembly of France
Councillor of Paris : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
Municipal councillor of Cannes : 1995-2001.
- Camille Robcis, How the Symbolic Became French: Kinship and Republicanism in the PACS Debates, Discourse, 26.3 (Fall 2004), 2005 Wayne State University Press, Detroit Michigan, p.6 (article available here).
- Dr Enda McCaffrey, The Gay Republic: Sexuality, Citizenship and Subversion in France, Ashgate, 2005, p. 206
- Booth, Jenny; Bremner, Charles (5 November 2009). "Tories stung by autism gibe from French minister and resignations of MEPs". The Times (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Castrate the UK". BBC. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2009.