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Jean-Christophe Lagarde

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Jean-Christophe Lagarde
President of the
Union of Democrats and Independents
Assumed office
13 November 2014
Preceded byJean-Louis Borloo
President of the UDI and Independents group in the National Assembly
Assumed office
28 November 2017
Serving with Franck Riester (2017–2018)
Preceded byStéphane Demilly
Member of the National Assembly
for Seine-Saint-Denis's 5th constituency
Assumed office
19 June 2002
Preceded byBernard Birsinger
Mayor of Drancy
In office
17 March 2001 – 2 September 2017
Preceded byGilbert Conte
Succeeded byAude Lagarde
Personal details
Born (1967-10-24) 24 October 1967 (age 54)
Châtellerault, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyUnion of Democrats and Independents
Spouse(s)Aude Lavail
Children4

Jean-Christophe Lagarde (born 24 October 1967) is a French politician serving as president of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) since 2014. He succeeded Jean-Louis Borloo after a short interim by Yves Jégo. Lagarde has been the member of the National Assembly for the fifth constituency of Seine-Saint-Denis since 2002.

Political career

Career in local politics

A native of Châtellerault, Vienne, Lagarde was Mayor of Drancy from 2001 to 2017.

Career in national politics

Lagarde has been the member of the National Assembly for Seine-Saint-Denis's 5th constituency since the 2002 legislative election.[1]

In the National Assembly, Lagarde was a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs from 2002 until 2012.[2] He also served as one of the Assembly's vice-presidents, from 2006 until 2007 and again from 2010 until 2012.[3]

In the 2012 presidential election, Lagarde publicly endorsed incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Following the legislative elections later that year, he joined the newly established UDI led by Jean-Louis Borloo and became the spokesperson of its parliamentary group. In 2013, Borloo included Lagarde in his shadow cabinet; in this capacity, Lagarde served as opposition counterpart to Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls.[4]

In the Republicans’ 2016 presidential primaries, Lagarde and his UDI endorsed Alain Juppé as candidate for the office of President of France.[5][6] When the party's majority chose François Fillon to run in the 2017 presidential election instead, Lagarde joined Fillon's campaign team. Amid the Fillon affair, he first called on the candidate to quit the election race in favour of Juppé[7] but eventually suspended the UDI's support for the campaign altogether.[8][9] Ahead of the Republicans' 2017 leadership election, he announced that the alliance between UDI and LR would end indefinitely in the event of Laurent Wauquiez becoming the party's chairman.[10]

Since the 2017 elections, Lagarde has been serving on the Defence Committee. In addition to his committee assignments, he is a member of the French-Algerian Parliamentary Friendship Group, the French-Tunisian Parliamentary Friendship Group and the French delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[11]

Political positions

In 2013, Lagarde was – alongside Yves Jégo – one of two UDI members who voted against his parliamentary group's majority and instead supported the legalization of same-sex marriage in France.[12]

In March 2019, Lagarde opposed Bruno Le Maire's proposal for a so-called GAFA tax.[13]

References

  1. ^ "LISTE DÉFINITIVE DES DÉPUTÉS ÉLUS À L'ISSUE DES DEUX TOURS" (in French). National Assembly of France. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  2. ^ Jean-Christophe Lagarde French National Assembly.
  3. ^ Jean-Christophe Lagarde French National Assembly.
  4. ^ L'UDI de Borloo se dote d'un contre-gouvernement L'Express, June 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Simon Carraud and Leigh Thomas (October 12, 2016), French centrists back presidential hopeful Juppe Reuters.
  6. ^ Jean-Christophe Lagarde confirme son soutien à Alain Juppé Libération, November 21, 2016.
  7. ^ John Irish (March 5, 2017), Senior French centrist urges Fillon to step down for Juppe Reuters.
  8. ^ Léo Tescher (March 1, 2017), François Fillon lâché par l'UDI France Inter.
  9. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (March 9, 2017), Fillon moves to reboot campaign team in French presidential race Financial Times.
  10. ^ En cas d’élection de Wauquiez, Lagarde (UDI) ne veut « plus d’alliance » avec Les Républicains Le Monde, December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Jean-Christophe Lagarde French National Assembly.
  12. ^ Mariage homosexuel : l'Assemblée vote le projet de loi Le Monde, February 12, 2013.
  13. ^ Jean-Christophe Lagarde (March 15, 2019), « La taxe Gafa de Bruno Le Maire est une taxe sur les artisans !» La tribune de Jean-Christophe Lagarde L'Opinion

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