Henry de Lesquen

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Henry de Lesquen
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Henry de Lesquen in 2017
Born 1 January 1949
Port-Lyautey, Morocco
Nationality French
Occupation Civil servant, radio host and politician

Henry de Lesquen (born 1 January 1949) is a French retired senior civil servant and radio host. He is a far-right politician.

Early life[edit]

Henry de Lesquen was born on January 1, 1949 in Port-Lyautey, Morocco.[1] His father, Pierre de Lesquen du Plessis-Casso, was a general in the French Army. His mother was Anne-Marie Huon de Kermadec.


De Lesquen was a member of the Rally for the Republic (RPR), but left the party in 1984. He has been the president of the Club de l'Horloge, a conservative think tank, since 1985.[1]

In 2001, he became a municipal councillor in Versailles,[1] where he spoke out against the city's public housing projects. In 2007, he became the president of right-wing radio station Radio Courtoisie.

At the end of 2015, de Lesquen announced his candidacy to the 2017 presidential election. In the following months, he attracted media attention by making a number of controversial, allegedly racist remarks and radical proposals, claiming that as president, he would destroy the Eiffel Tower, "burn" France's labour code, which he views as an obstacle to entrepreneurship, annex Belgium and Luxembourg, and ban "negro music" (in context: non-European, non-French music such as American, or American influenced hip-hop or African dancehall music in favor of French spoken or classical European music) from the French public media.[2][3] He was eventually sued for public insults, racist declarations and alleged holocaust denial. In January 2017, he was sentenced to a 16,000 euros fine.[4] In March 2017, he withdrew his candidacy in favor of François Fillon.[5]


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