|President of Normandy|
4 January 2016
|Member of the National Assembly|
|Leader of New Centre / The Centrists|
29 May 2007
|Preceded by||First in office|
|French Minister of Defence|
18 May 2007 – 14 November 2010
|Prime Minister||François Fillon|
|Preceded by||Michèle Alliot-Marie|
|Succeeded by||Alain Juppé (Defence and Veterans Affairs)|
17 August 1961 |
|Political party||New Centre / The Centrists (2007–present)|
|UDF (Before 2007)|
|Alma mater||University of Caen
Hervé Morin (born 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Normandy) is a French politician, currently the President of Normandy. Leader of the New Center party, he was the Minister of Defence under President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Member of National Assembly
He was elected as a representative to the French National Assembly on 16 June 2002, in the 3rd constituency of Eure, Normandy. He was the president of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) in the National Assembly. After the UDF's candidate for the 2007 presidential election, François Bayrou, did not make it to the 2nd round, he hinted that he attempted to create an alliance with the Socialist Party and decided to found a new political party: the Democratic Movement (or MoDem). Consequently, Morin, who is of the center-right and an ally of the presidential election's winner, Nicolas Sarkozy, made it an organisation within the presidential majority in the National Assembly. It is now called New Centre and he is the leader.
After the creation of the UMP, he took the presidency of the UDF group at the National Assembly, from 2002 to 2007. While Morin was joining the government as minister of Defence in July 2007, Marc Vampa New Centre replaced him as representative.
2012 presidential election
On 27 November 2011, Hervé Morin officially announced his intention to run for the 2012 French presidential election. During his campaign he claimed to have been present at the allied invasion of Normandy (1944), although he was not born until 1961. On 16 February 2012, he withdrew his candidacy and gave support to Nicolas Sarkozy.
Political functions and mandates
Minister of Defence : 2007–2010
National Assembly of France
General councillor of Eure : 1992–2004 / 2011-2014 (Resignation). Reelected in 1998 and 2011.
Regional councillor and President of Normandy, elected in Eure constituency : Since 2016.
Regional councillor of Haute-Normandie, elected in Eure constituency : 2004-2010.
Mayor of Epaignes : 1995-2016. Reelected in 2001, 2008, 2014. Resignation in 2016.
Municipal councillor of Epaignes : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008, 2014.
Community of communes Council
President of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008, 2014.
Member of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008, 2014.
- "Hervé Morin made official his candidacy for the presidential election". Le Monde (in French). 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Samuel, Henry (25 January 2012). "'Time travelling' French presidential candidate ridiculed for Normandy claims". The Daily Telegraph. London.
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as Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs