Florian Philippot

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Florian Philippot
MEP
Florian Philippot par Claude Truong-Ngoc juillet 2014.jpg
President of The Patriots
Assumed office
29 September 2017
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency East France
Vice President of the Front National
In office
12 July 2012 – 22 September 2017
Leader Marine Le Pen
Jean-François Jalkh (Interim)
Steeve Briois (Interim)
Personal details
Born Florian Louie Philippot
(1981-10-24) 24 October 1981 (age 36)
Croix, Nord, France
Political party  French
Les Patriotes
 EU
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy
Other political
affiliations
Front National (until 2017)
Les Patriotes (2017-)
Alma mater

Florian Philippot (born 24 October 1981) is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as Vice President of the National Front from 2012 to 2017 before quitting the party to found The Patriots in September 2017, and presides over the party's group in the regional council of Grand Est. He has been part of Europe of Nations and Freedom since October 2017.

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.

After refusing to quit from the think tank The Patriots (Les Patriotes) he founded in the wake of the FN's performance in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, and differences in his stance over the euro with others in the party, he announced his departure from the FN on 21 September 2017.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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. ^ "Florian Philippot annonce qu'il quitte le Front national". Le Monde. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Zemouri, Aziz (11 December 2014). ""Closer" révèle l'homosexualité de Florian Philippot". Le Point. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Marc de Boni (15 December 2014) Florian Philippot : «Il n'y a pas de lobby gay au Front national» Le Figaro.