Florian Philippot

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Florian Philippot
MEP
Florian Philippot (B).jpg
Florian Philippot in 2012
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency East France
Vice President of the Front National
for Strategy and Communication
Assumed office
12 July 2012
Leader Marine Le Pen
Jean-François Jalkh (Interim)
Steeve Briois (Interim)
Personal details
Born (1981-10-24) 24 October 1981 (age 35)
Croix, Nord
Nationality French
Political party Front National
Alma mater HEC Paris, ÉNA
Occupation Politician
Profession Senior civil servant of the General Inspection of the Administration (fr) (on leave)

Florian Philippot (born 24 October 1981) is a French politician, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2014, and one of the five vice presidents of the Front National (FN) headed by Marine Le Pen.

In October 2011, he was appointed strategic director of Marine Le Pen's presidential campaign.[1][2] In July 2012, he was appointed vice president in charge of strategy and communication of the FN.[3]

Family background[edit]

Born on 24 October 1981 at Croix, Nord, he grew up in Bondues, a residential suburb in the Urban Community of Lille Métropole.[2]

His father was a public head teacher, and his mother a primary school teacher.[2] His brother, Damien Philippot, a graduate of Sciences Po and ESCP Europe (École supérieure de commerce de Paris), is currently[when?] a manager for political studies in the French polling organization (IFOP).[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In 2012, he was parliamentary candidate in Moselle's 6th constituency. Despite the presence of a dissident candidate of the FN (4.09% for Eric Vilain) in the first round, he came second with 26.34% and defeated the incumbent UMP MP Pierre Lang (25.02%).[4] Mayor of Forbach since 2008, Laurent Kalinowski defeated Florian Philippot in the run-off (53.70% against 46.30%).[5]

On 9 November 2012, he went to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises to pay homage to Charles de Gaulle, putting flowers on his grave "in a private capacity" and stating his gaullist convictions. This act irritated some members of the FN, due to Jean-Marie Le Pen's animosity toward the defunct President. His convictions and ideas were described as incompatible with de Gaulle's legacy by the UMP party, although some commentators do not consider the UMP a gaullist party any more.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2014, the French celebrity magazine Closer indicated that Philippot was gay, providing photographs of him and his boyfriend in Vienna.[6] Philippot called the article an invasion of his privacy and said he would file a complaint against Closer. He further said the FN was neither "gay friendly" nor the opposite and that it was not difficult to be gay in the party.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florian Philippot, the apprentice". Le Parisien (in French). 28 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Florian Philippot, the ENA alumnus who advises Marine Le Pen". L'Express (in French). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Florian Philippot becomes a vice president of the National Front". Le Figaro (in French). 12 July 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Bastuck, Nicolas (11 June 2012). "Moselle – Florian Philippot (FN) succeeds his parachuting". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012 French legislative elections: Moselle's 6th constituency (first round and run-off)" (in French). Minister of the Interior (France). Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Zemouri, Aziz (11 December 2014). ""Closer" révèle l'homosexualité de Florian Philippot". Le Point. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Marc de Boni (15 December 2014) Florian Philippot : «Il n'y a pas de lobby gay au Front national» Le Figaro.