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Wikipedia: Hervé Morin

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Hervé Morin
Hervé Morin

Minister of Defence
In office
18 May 2007 – present
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Michèle Alliot-Marie

Born August 17, 1961 (1961-08-17) (age 47)
Pont-Audemer, France
Political party UDF, New Centre

Hervé Morin (born 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Eure, Normandy) is a French Norman politician and the French Minister of Defence.

Member of National Assembly

He was elected as a deputy in the French National Assembly on June 16, 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.

After the creation of the UMP, he took the presidency of the UDF group at the National Assembly, from 2002 to 2007. He is now a deputy for the New Centre as well as its leader.

A series of controversial policy decisions – including the use of military resources to rescue injured animals – have led some in the French media to dub him “Colonel Plouc” [1], which roughly translates as “Colonel Bumpkin”. He has, however, been strongly defended by animal rights groups.

Personal life

He is married to Catherine Broussot-Morin, a lawyer with whom he has two 12-year-old twin sons.

His political role models are Charles de Gaulle and Pierre Mendès-France.

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 is the supporter of 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.

External links

  • (French) Parliamentary page
  • (French) Hervé Morin’s official site
  • (French) Hervé Morin’s blog
  1. ^ [1]
Preceded by
Michèle Alliot-Marie
Minister of Defence
2007 – present
Incumbent
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