Collard at the 2010 Paris Book Fair
|Secretary-General of the|
Rassemblement bleu Marine
|Assumed office |
22 September 2012
|President||Marine Le Pen|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of the National Assembly|
for Gard's 2nd constituency
|Assumed office |
19 June 2012
|Preceded by||Étienne Mourrut|
|Born||3 February 1948|
|Political party||National Rally|
|Alma mater||Aix-Marseille University|
Gilbert Collard (born 3 February 1948) is a French writer, barrister and politician serving as the member of the National Assembly for Gard's 2nd constituency since 2012. He also is the Secretary-General of the Rassemblement bleu Marine (RBM), a right-wing political association and think-tank supporting Marine Le Pen, officially distinct from the National Rally (RN), the political party she leads.
Early life and education
Gilbert Collard was born in Marseille. He studied law at Aix-Marseille University and Panthéon-Assas University. In his youth, he was a member of the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO) and subsequent Socialist Party (PS) until 1992.
Career and first involvement in politics
Collard started his career as a barrister in Marseille in 1971. He quickly became a well-known lawyer at the national level, often speaking in the media about cases he defended. He most notably had Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Pasqua, Marine Le Pen, Valérie Bègue, as well as Paul Aussaresses as clients. In 2001, he was an independent candidate for Mayor of Vichy. He was elected to the city's council but declined the mandate.
Member of the National Assembly
Collard later moved to Gallician, a town in Gard; he was elected to the National Assembly as a member of the RBM in the 2012 legislative election, at the same time as Marion Maréchal-Le Pen in Vaucluse. He succeeded Étienne Mourrut of the Union for a Popular Movement, whom he had defeated.
Since the 2014 municipal elections, Collard has also been a councillor of Saint-Gilles, Gard. On 17 April 2017, during a Marine Le Pen rally for the upcoming presidential election, an anti-fascist disrupter threw a Molotov cocktail towards him; he sustained minor injuries amid a quick reaction by police officers. Gilbert Collard was reelected to the National Assembly in the 2017 legislative election. He officially joined the National Rally, then called National Front, later the same year.
- Samuel, Henry (17 June 2012). "Marion Le Pen becomes youngest French MP in modern history". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- "2012 French legislative elections: Gard's 2nd constituency (first round and run-off)" (in French). Minister of the Interior (France). Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- Fouquet, Helene (17 June 2012). "Anti-Euro Le Pen Party Wins First Parliament Seats in 15 Years". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- Visé par un cocktail Molotov, le député FN Gilbert Collard dénonce "des idéologues fascisants" (in French), HuffPost. 17 April 2017.