Henri Guaino

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Henri Guaino
Guaino in 2012
Member of the French Parliament
for Yvelines' 3rd constituency
Assumed office
20 June 2012
Preceded by Christian Blanc
Majority 61.85%
Personal details
Born (1957-03-11) 11 March 1957 (age 60)
Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône
Nationality French
Political party The Republicans
Spouse(s) Catherine Coyaud (div.)
Children 3
Alma mater Sciences Po

Henri Guaino (born 11 March 1957 in Arles) is a French political speechwriter and politician. He was a special advisor to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 until his defeat in 2012.

Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency[edit]

Guaino was responsible for writing the so-called 'Dakar Speech' which Sarkozy delivered in 2007 which was criticised for being patronising towards the African continent.[1]

In opposition[edit]

During the 2012 French legislative elections, he was elected Deputy of the National Assembly for the third circonscription of the Yvelines.

On 3 September 2012, he unexpectedly announced his intention to run for the presidency of the Union for a Popular Movement. Guaino stated that his aim was to represent the gaullist component of UMP's heritage in this internal election. However, he failed to get enough endorsements, and announced his support to Jean-François Copé.

Depiction in film[edit]

In the movie La Conquête (The Conquest), staging Nicolas Sarkozy's life from his appointment at the Interior in 2002 to his election in 2007, Guaino is played by Michel Bompoil.