|President of the Popular Republican Union|
March 25, 2007
|Preceded by||None - Party created|
for 19th arrondissement of Paris
14 September 1957 |
|Political party||Popular Republican Union|
|Alma mater||HEC Paris
École nationale d'administration
Business School professor
François Asselineau (French pronunciation: [fʁɑ̃swa asəlino], born September 14, 1957 in Paris), is a French politician and an Inspector General for financial matters. The French media have repeatedly presented him as a little-known public figure.
Asselineau was a member of the Rally for France (RPF) and UMP before creating his own political party the Popular Republican Union (Union Populaire Républicaine or UPR). His movement promotes France's unilateral withdrawal from the European Union, the Eurozone and NATO.
Asselineau has had a troubled relationship with the media, which he has repeatedly accused of "censorship". In his critique he includes French Wikipedia, which has considered him insufficiently noteworthy to justify a page in the encyclopedia. The activism of his supporters to try and increase media coverage of Asselineau and the UPR has been noted by several observers.
Asselineau enrolled in HEC Paris where he graduated in 1980 with the MSc in Management. He enrolled at the École nationale d'administration (promotion "Léonard de Vinci", 1985).
From 1989 to 1990, he was chief of mission for the National Credit. He was also president of the direction of the Society for Economical and Financial Analysis and Diagnostic (SADEF). In 1991, he became chief of mission of the Asia-Oceania office at the Direction of Foreign Economical Relation (DREE) in the Ministry of Economy and Finance in the Pierre Bérégovoy government.
In June 1995, he was named director of the office of the Ministry of Tourism. In 1996, he moved to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of economic matters for Asia, Oceania and Latin America until the dissolution of parliament by Jacques Chirac in 1997.
In 1999, François Asselineau got involved in politics by becoming a member of the Rally for France (RPF), a party created by Charles Pasqua and Philippe de Villiers. He became a member of the national bureau, director of studies and spokesman of the party until autumn 2005. On July 27, 2000, he became vice-director of the general council of the Hauts-de-Seine. He was in charge of economic and international affairs. On May 23, 2001, Charles Pasqua nominated François Asselineau as the director of his office of the presidency of the general council of Hauts-de-Seine where he worked until March 30, 2004 when Nicolas Sarkozy took over the position of Charles Pasqua.
On March 19, 2001, he was elected as a member of the council of Paris in the 19e arrondissement de Paris. His list, a right-wing dissident list made with an agreement between Jean Tiberi and Charles Pasqua, was in a triangular against a Rally for the Republic (RPR) list and unified left list composed with Socialist Party (PS).
On December 31, 2004, Asselineau decided to join the group Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) at the Council of Paris. On November 3, 2006, he decided to quit the group and seat with the non-inscrits just after Françoise de Panafieu, for whom he worked, was elected president of the council of Paris for the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).
In September 2007, Asselineau participated in a dissident political group named Paris Libre with several other ex-UMP members. The group ran several lists against the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), and Asselineau ran a list in the 17e arrondissement de Paris against Françoise de Panafieu. However, he then backtracked, denouncing consequent pressure on the members of his list.
Creation of the UPR
In January 2011, Asselineau announced his intention to run for the 2012 French presidential election, and confirmed this intention in December 2011. However, François Asselineau was unable to garner the necessary 500 endorsements from elected polticians necessary to be on the ballot. As such, Asselineau called for a boycott of the presidential election.
Following the Cahuzac affair and the resignation of Jérôme Cahuzac for whom Asselineau had worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance, Asselineau run for the legislative by-election in the Lot-et-Garonne's 3rd constituency with Régis Chamagne. He failed to reach the second round with a score of 189 votes (0.58%).
Asselineau ran for the 2014 European Parliament election as the head of the list for the Île-de-France constituency. He hoped that the UPR's agenda could rally voters disappointed by the current political system. Asselineau complained to CSA for not having had access to mainstream media; he also claimed that the principle of equity for all candidates was actually undermined by the media, that tended to give voice to parties that were already well-known. He scored 0.56% of votes cast in his constituency.
François Asselineau's 'souverainiste' platform has two main targets, the European Union, and the United States. He insists that France should leave the Eurozone, the European Union, and NATO. The founding charter of UPR makes the claim that "While it is not the sole cause of all the problems of our country, the creation of the European Union is nevertheless their major cause". According to Asselineau, the UE and NATO "as seen from Washington, [...] are the political and military side of the same coin, that of the enthrallment of the European continent to their 'buffer zone' so as to surround and contain the Russian continental power". Also according to him, the process leading to European unification was launched solely upon orders from the American government, of which Robert Schuman was but a mere underling, a figurehead, and Jean Monnet (a chief architect of European unity) "most probably was an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency".
François Asselineau argues that France should leave the Eurozone because of the poor economic situation of the zone; he claims that "ever since Antiquity all multinational currencies have always failed in the end"; he states that "recovering our sovereignty will enable us - as we will be the masters of our own destiny - to use monetary instruments and customs to increase our competitiveness and relocate production [in France], while simultaneously adapting to the economic situation". Asselineau denies he is a "eurosceptic", preferring to call himself a "euro-atheist". Invited by Russian television networks (Russia Today, ProRussia.tv...), he says he supports Iran in its fight against "euro-atlantism".
Asselineau claims to derive his ideas from the 1944 Conseil national de la Résistance, which he claimed as his source of inspiration for his presidential program in 2012, including "re-nationalisations" and "quality public services". Asselineau does not say what should be done about "the major national issues such as nuclear power in France, the French debt crisis or the decisions to be made about immigration, [which] should be addressed through referenda", "once France has left the European Union".
Jean-Yves Camus, a political scientist, deemed that Asselineau, an "intelligent", "thoroughly respectable fellow", may distract the National Front electorate enough to lure those who are attracted to souverainism and hard right politics.
"Contrary to political personalities close to the far right, [François Asselineau's] anti-americanism precludes any aspects of islamophobia, racism or anti-Semitism". Nevertheless, in 2010, the far-right activist Serge Ayoub hosted one of Asselineau's conferences, but François Asselineau claims he did not know who Serge Ayoub was.
Rudy Reichstadt, the coordinator of Conspiracy Watch, summed up François Asselineau's ideas as being "utter souverainisme interlaced with anti-US conspiracy theories ("un souverainisme intégral mâtiné de théorie du complot anti-américaine"), and views his strategy as aiming at launching a kind of "take-over bid" on this part of the public enticed by the conspiracist approach of such websites as Réseau Voltaire or Alain Soral's Égalité et Réconciliation;
Asselineau argues that the National Front, if elected, has no real intention of leaving the European Union, despite the fact that this is a major part of their agenda. According to an article based on a transcript of his conferences, Asselineau goes so far as to claim that "the National Front was created by François Mitterrand and Jacques Attali and is financed by the Central Intelligence Agency" and that "the Carlyle group, the financial power controled by (...) the Bush family [...] also supported the National Front's [sic] weekly Marianne, which was in charge of promoting Marine Le Pen to ruin UPR's political discourse".
-In French unless otherwise stated-
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- Asselineau, François (24 March 2012). Les monnaies plurinationales finissent toujours par exploser. Interview with Florentin Piffard. Causeur. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
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- "Le Front national a été créé par François Mitterrand et Jacques Attali et financé par la CIA via le demi-frère de Nicolas Sarkozy qui travaille au Fonds Carlyle, le bras financier de la Secte Moon contrôlé par la famille Bush qui soutient aussi l'hebdomadaire frontiste 'Marianne' chargé de la promotion de Marine Le Pen afin de pourrir le discours de l'UPR et ce dans le but de faire élire à coup sûr Dominique Strauss-Kahn à la présidentielle de 2012 et ainsi maintenir la main-mise euro-atlantiste sur la France.", according to the website LePlus's version. NB. In fact, in the interview enclosed as audio, Asselineau states that the magazine Marianne does indeed promote the Front National [by its repeated mentions of the far-right party the magazine pretends to attack] in order to be sure to have Dominique Strauss-Kahn elected (in 2012).
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