François Asselineau

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Born14 September 1957
Alma materHEC Paris, École nationale d'administration
French politician campaigning on that France should leave the euro, the European Union, and NATO.

This article is largely sourced from Wikipedia, and thus has a certain anti-Asselineau tendency

François Asselineau is a French politician. He was a member of the Rally for France (RPF) and UMP[1][2] before creating his own political party the Popular Republican Union (Union Populaire Républicaine or UPR). His party promotes France's unilateral withdrawal from the European Union, the Eurozone and NATO, and is thus accused of "anti-Americanism and "conspiracy theories" by fact checkers.

Asselineau has had a troubled relationship with the media, which he has repeatedly accused of censorship. In his critique he includes French Wikipedia, which has considered him insufficiently noteworthy to justify a page in the encyclopedia until 2020. The activism of his supporters to make up for the non-exisiting media coverage of Asselineau and the UPR has been noted.

He ran in the 2017 French presidential election, presenting himself as the “Frexit candidate”.[3] He was eventually eliminated in the first round, earning only 0.92% of the votes.[4]


Asselineau enrolled in HEC Paris where he graduated in 1980 with the MSc in Management. He enrolled at the École nationale d'administration (promotion "Léonard de Vinci", 1985).[5]

Political views

  • François Asselineau's 'souverainiste' platform has two main targets, the European Union and the United States. He insists that France should leave the Eurozone,[6] the European Union, and NATO. According to Asselineau, the EU and NATO "as seen from Washington...are the political and military side of the same coin, that of the enthrallment of the European continent to their 'buffer zone' so as to surround and contain the Russian continental power". He says the process leading to European unification was launched solely upon orders from the American government.
  • Asselineau denies he is a "eurosceptic", preferring to call himself a "euro-atheist".[7] He said on the French TV program On n'est pas couché that he opposes military intervention in Syria and Iraq.[8]
  • According to Asselineau, the process of European unification was launched exclusively on instruction from the American government, of which Robert Schuman was only the been a “nominee” executor, and Jean Monnet - “very probably an agent of the CIA” - a "proxy". He also defends the thesis that Walter Hallstein, first president of the European Commission, was a Nazi and had developed a project for a Nazi Europe for Adolf Hitler.
  • Although Asselineau claims never to have spoken about the attacks of September 11, 2001, the site Conspiracy Watch notes he in 2013 presented the “official theory” as a “conspiracy theory”.
  • François Asselineau maintains that "May 68 was probably the first 'color revolution'" and happened because the CIA and the Ford and Rockefeller foundations sought to destabilize the presidency of the Republic by sponsoring the student unions. (Referring to the Events of May 1968 which brought down President de Gaulle). He also claims that the National Front was “invented” in 1983 by [François Mitterrand and Jacques Attali, who “gave instructions to the media” to “promote” it.
  • Asselineau also told the regional newspaper Nord Éclair that the National Front's intention of leaving the European Union is part of the "smokescreen" of the French political theatre and that they do not want to do so at all.[11]


Asselineau started his career in Japan in the department of economic expansion for National Service Overseas (CSNE). Served in 1985 as inspector General in the inspection générale des Finances.

From 1989 to 1990, he was chief of mission for the National Credit. He was also president of the direction of the Society for Economical and Financial Analysis and Diagnostic (SADEF). In 1991, he became chief of mission of the Asia-Oceania office at the Direction of Foreign Economical Relation (DREE) in the Ministry of Economy and Finance under the Pierre Bérégovoy government.

From 1994 to 1995, he served as counsellor for international affairs[12] in the Ministry of Industry under the Edouard Balladur government.

In June 1995, he was named director of the office of the Ministry of Tourism. In 1996, he moved to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was in charge of economic matters for Asia, Oceania and Latin America until the dissolution of parliament by Jacques Chirac in 1997.

Political career

In 1999, François Asselineau got involved in politics by becoming a member of the Rally for France (RPF), a party created by Charles Pasqua and Philippe de Villiers. He became a member of the national bureau, director of studies and spokesman of the party until autumn 2005. On July 27, 2000, he became vice-director of the general council of the Hauts-de-Seine. He was in charge of economic and international affairs. On May 23, 2001, Charles Pasqua nominated François Asselineau as the director of his office of the presidency of the general council of Hauts-de-Seine[13] where he worked until March 30, 2004 when Nicolas Sarkozy took over the position of Charles Pasqua.

On October 20, 2004, Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Asselineau as the director of the general delegation for economic intelligence within the Minister of Economy and Finance.

In November 2006, Asselineau joined the steering committee of Rally for an Independent and Sovereign France (RIF), a party created by Paul-Marie Coûteaux,<ref |title=Rassemblement pour l'indépendance et la souveraineté de la France (RIF) |author=Laurent de Boissieu </ref>

Municipal councillor

On March 19, 2001, he was elected as a member of the council of Paris in the 19e arrondissement de Paris. His list, a right-wing dissident list made with an agreement between Jean Tiberi and Charles Pasqua, was third with 15,78% in a triangular against a Rally for the Republic (RPR) list and unified left list composed with Socialist Party (PS).[14] His campaign was marked by a radical rhetoric on security, with posters denouncing "six years of socialist laxity", supposed drug trafficking, alleged prostitution and an asserted lack of police forces.[15]

On December 31, 2004, Asselineau decided to join the group Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) at the Council of Paris.[16] On November 3, 2006, he decided to quit the group and seat with the non-inscrits just after Françoise de Panafieu, for whom he worked, was elected president of the council of Paris for the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).[17]

In September 2007, Asselineau participated in a dissident political group named Paris Libre with several other ex-UMP members.[18] The group ran several lists against the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), and Asselineau ran a list in the 17e arrondissement de Paris against Françoise de Panafieu.[19] However, he then backtracked,[20] denouncing consequent pressure on the members of his list.[21]

Creation of the UPR

On March 25, 2007, for the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty signature, he created the Popular Republican Union (UPR).[22]

Election results

In January 2011, François Asselineau announced his intention to run for the 2012 French presidential election,[23] and confirmed this intention in December 2011.[24] However, he was only able to garner 17 of the required 500 endorsements from elected politicians necessary to be on the ballot.[25][26][27] As a result, Asselineau called for a boycott of the presidential election.

Following the Cahuzac affair and the resignation of Jérôme Cahuzac, for whom Asselineau had worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Finance, Asselineau ran for the legislative by-election in Lot-et-Garonne's 3rd constituency, with Régis Chamagne.[28] They failed to reach the second round with a score of 189 votes (0.58%).[29]

Asselineau ran for the 2014 European Parliament election as the head of the list for the Île-de-France constituency. He hoped that the UPR's agenda could rally voters disappointed by the current political system.[30][31] Asselineau complained to the CSA for not having had access to mainstream media; he also claimed that the principle of equity for all candidates was actually undermined by the media, that tended to give voice to parties that were already well-known.[32] He scored 0.56% of votes cast in his constituency.[33]


  23. Choq FM, "L'autre monde" (The other world), 14 February 2011
  32. Yann Thompson,
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