Jérôme Rivière

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Jérôme Rivière
Jerome Riviere 2019.jpg
Rivière in 2019
President of the French delegation to the Identity and Democracy group
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Preceded byGilles Lebreton
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Member of the National Assembly
for Alpes-Maritimes's 1st constituency
In office
19 June 2002 – 19 June 2007
Preceded byCharles Ehrmann
Succeeded byÉric Ciotti
Personal details
Born (1964-07-08) 8 July 1964 (age 56)
Suresnes, France
Political partyNational Rally (since 2017)
Other political
Liberal Democracy and Union for a Popular Movement (until 2007)
Alma materISG Business School

Jérôme Rivière (born 8 July 1964) is a French politician, lawyer and entrepreneur serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2019.[1][2] A member of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) until 2007, he has been a member of the National Rally (RN), previously known as the National Front, since 2017.



Born in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, Rivière received a master's degree from the ISG business school and an MBA from the European University of America at the University of San Francisco.


He served as the deputy chief of staff for the Minister of Defense from 1993 to 1995 and was elected to the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur where he served from 1998 to 2004.

Rivière represented the first constituency of Alpes-Maritimes in the French National Assembly from 2002 to 2007 as a member of the Union for a Popular Movement. He was also a member of the subsidiary groups The Free Right and the National Centre of Independents and Peasants. In 2007, he endorsed Philippe de Villiers, the leader of the Movement for France (MPF) in the 2007 presidential election over his party's candidate, the eventual winner, Nicolas Sarkozy. As a result, he was excluded from the UMP and failed to receive the party's nomination for that year's legislative elections. He was defeated running as a right-wing independent in his constituency against the UMP's official candidate and eventual winner Éric Ciotti.

In 2009, the MPF-Libertas selected him to lead the list in the Île-de-France constituency ahead of the 2009 European elections. In November 2016, Rivière became the candidate backed by the National Front in the sixth constituency of Var for the 2017 legislative election, a race which he lost.[3][4] He is Marine Le Pen's strategic advisor for defense policy and the international spokesperson for the National Rally.[5] In May 2019, he was elected to the European Parliament.[6] Rivière was subsequently elected President of the French delegation to the Identity and Democracy group in the European Parliament. [7] According to news media sources, he would serve as Minister of Defense in a government led by Marine Le Pen.[8]

In the summer of 2020, he reacted to Hillary Clinton's suggestion that Joe Biden should not concede defeat to President Trump under any circumstances by comparing her attitude to that of the Taliban.[9][10] He further criticized the Democratic National Convention for hosting Hollywood celebrities who appeared inauthentic.[11]


  1. ^ "Dissensions au MPF face au Front National". Le Nouvel Observateur (in French). 4 April 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  2. ^ Annuaire des avocats[permanent dead link], site des avocats du Barreau de Paris.
  3. ^ "Var : un ex-député UMP investi par le FN pour les législatives". leparisien.fr. 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  4. ^ Rof, Gilles (2016-11-12). "Un ancien député UMP candidat du FN pour les législatives dans le Var". Le Monde.fr (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx1b-uUdUpg
  6. ^ "Résultats européennes 2019 : la liste du Rassemblement national en pole position avec 23,31% des voix". Franceinfo (in French). 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. ^ "Un ancien député azuréen nommé président de la délégation du Rassemblement national au Parlement européen". Nice Matin (in French). Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ "Marine Le Pen's Shadow cabinet". France Inter (in French). 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  9. ^ "Clinton: Biden Should Not Concede Under Any Circumstances". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  10. ^ "Member of European Parliament Goes After Hillary". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  11. ^ "GOP, Dem conventions were Heartland vs. Hollywood, Euro Parliament member says". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-08-21.