|Member of the French National Assembly|
17 June 2012
|Leader of New Center|
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 (2007–present)|
|UDF (Before 2007)|
|Alma mater||University of Caen
Member of National Assembly
He was elected as a representative in the French National Assembly on 16 June 2002, in the 3rd constituency of Eure, Normandy. He was the president of the group UDF in the National Assembly. After the UDF's candidate for the 2007 presidential election, François Bayrou, didn't 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 announced he withdrew his candidacy and will support Nicolas Sarkozy.
Political functions and mandates
Minister of Defence : 2007–2010
National Assembly of France
General councillor of Eure : 1992–2004. Reelected in 1998.
Regional councillor of Haute-Normandie : Since 2004.
Mayor of Epaignes : Since 1995. Reelected in 2001, 2008.
Municipal councillor of Epaignes : Since 1989. Reelected in 1995, 2001, 2008.
Community of communes Council
President of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
Member of the Communauté de communes of Canton de Cormeilles : Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
He is married to Catherine Broussot-Morin, a lawyer with whom he has twins, a 12-year-old boy and girl.
All his grandparents were Norman farmers (his maternal grandfather, André Cardine, was also the mayor of Fatouville-Grestain for 30 years) and he wanted to take over the family farm when he was younger but his father, owner of a masonry firm, opposed it so he pursued studies first in Caen and then in Paris instead.
Hervé Morin supports the reunification of both Normandies (a cause for which he created an association in 2000), a pledge he made on 26 November 2006 in Épaignes, the city where he grew up and of which he had been the mayor since 1995.
- "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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|Minister of Defence
as Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs