Nicolas Dupont-Aignan

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Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
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President of France Arise
Assumed office
23 November 2008
Preceded by Position Established
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
12 June 1997
Preceded by Michel Berson
Constituency Essonne's 8th
Mayor of Yerres
Assumed office
25 June 1995
Preceded by Marc Lucas
Personal details
Born (1961-03-07) 7 March 1961 (age 56)
Paris, France
Political party France Arise
Residence Yerres, Essonne
Alma mater IEP de Paris
École nationale d'administration
Website

http://www.nda-2017.fr

http://www.debout-la-france.fr/

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (French: [ni.kɔ.la dy.pɔ̃.ɛɲ.ɑ̃] born Nicolas Dupont, 7 March 1961) is a French right-wing politician. He has been a member of the National Assembly of France, representing Essonne's 8th constituency, since 1997. He has also served as Mayor of Yerres, Essonne since 1995.

A member of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party until January 2007, he then founded the Gaullist and souverainist party Debout la France (DLF) in November 2008. He is a co-president of the European political party EUDemocrats – Alliance for a Europe of Democracies. He ran for President in 2017, and endorsed the far-right runner-up Marine Le Pen in the second round.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dupont-Aignan was born on 7 March 1961, in Paris.[2]

Political career[edit]

2007 presidential election[edit]

Dupont-Aignan intended to run for the 2007 presidential election but failed to gather the necessary 500 signatures of elected officials.

2012 presidential election[edit]

In November 2010, Dupont-Aignan announced his intention to run for the 2012 presidential election[3] and in March 2012 he announced that he had obtained the necessary 500 signatures to run as an official candidate.

Dupont-Aignan received 644,043 votes on the first ballot, or 1.79% of the votes cast, finishing seventh.[4] His best showing (24.88%) was in Yerres, of which he is mayor.

2017 presidential election[edit]

In March 2017, Dupont-Aignan secured the necessary 500 signatures to run in the 2017 presidential election.[5] In the first voting round of 23 April, Dupont-Aignan came in the sixth place, receiving 1,695,000 votes which represents 4.70% of the vote total.[6] He subsequently endorsed Marine Le Pen for the second round.[7]

On 28 April 2017, Dupont-Aignan announced his support for the runner-up Marine Le Pen, who in return pledged to appoint him as prime minister should she win.[8][9][10]

Political positions[edit]

Dupont-Aignan has been described as a nationalist,[10] a protectionist,[10] and a eurosceptic.[9] He describes himself as a Gaullist.[8][9] Dupont-Aignan supports a French withdrawal from the EU and endorsed Brexit.[8] Although sharing many similar views with Marine Le Pen,[9] he is considered less hardline than her and had criticized her in the past.[8][10]

Dupont-Aignan strongly advocates leaving the euro, calling it a "racket", and proposes returning to the franc and retaining the euro only as a reserve currency.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Defeated first-round candidate Dupont-Aignan endorses Le Pen for French president". Reuters. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nicolas Dupont-Aignan". assemblee-nationale.fr. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dupont-Aignan candidate in 2012". Agence France Presse / Le Figaro (in French). 21 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dupont-Aignan: From anti-EU conservative to Marine Le Pen's ally – France 24". France 24. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "French election 2017: Who are the candidates?". BBC News. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Election présidentielle 2017 : résultats globaux du premier tour" (in French). Ministry of the Interior (France). Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Présidentielle 2017 : Nicolas Dupont-Aignan soutient Marine Le Pen" (in French). RTL. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Dupont-Aignan: From Anti-EU Conservative to Marine Le Pen's Ally". France 24. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Breeden, Aurelien (29 April 2017). "Marine Le Pen Will Name a Former Rival Prime Minister if Elected". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d Blamont, Matthias; Carraud, Simon (29 April 2017). "French Presidential Hopeful Le Pen Names Nationalist as Prime Minister". Fox Business Network. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  11. ^ Diana Johnstone (24 April 2012). "Disillusion With the Euro and Europe". CounterPunch. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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