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|Mayor of Le Havre|
|Preceded by||Daniel Colliard|
|Succeeded by||Édouard Philippe|
11 May 1939 |
Le Havre, France
|Political party||The Republicans|
He took the mayoral seat from Daniel Colliard (PCF) at the municipal election of 1995 and was reelected both in 2001, with a comfortable majority, and in 2008, against Daniel Paul (also PCF). He was also president of the local city community (called Communauté d'Agglomération Havraise - CODAH) which groups several municipalities around Le Havre,
Rufenacht's political career began in the then Gaullist party, the Union for French Democracy (UDF), and he remained in its successor parties, the Rally for the Republic (RPR), the UMP, and most recently, from 2015, the Republicans. In the presidential election of 1981 he backed the former Gaullist prime minister Michel Debre for the presidency against his own party leader, Jacques Chirac, but supported Chirac in 1988 and 1995 and served successfully as his campaign manager for the presidential election of 2002.
In October 2010, he resigned from his post as mayor of Le Havre to be replaced by Edouard Phllippe.
- "Le Havre : Antoine Rufenacht part en guerre contre la prolifération des agences bancaires". Les Échos. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
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