Henry de Lesquen
|Henry de Lesquen|
Henry de Lesquen in 2017
1 January 1949|
|Occupation||Civil servant, radio host and politician|
In 2001, he became a municipal councillor in Versailles, 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. 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. In March 2017, he withdrew his candidacy in favor of François Fillon.
- "Henry de Lesquen" (in French). Stakeholders. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- Présidentielle : Henry de Lesquen, ce candidat qui veut « bannir la musique nègre » et revenir au 19ème siècle, L'Obs, 12 April 2016
- Henry de Lesquen, au nom de la race, Libération, 26 April 2016
- Henry de Lesquen condamné à 16 000 euros d'amende, L'Express, 25 January 2017
- Le nouveau soutien (très encombrant) de François Fillon, LCI, 3 March 2017
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