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Gérard Longuet
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Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs

In office
27 February 2011 – 15 May 2012
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime Minister François Fillon
Preceded by Alain Juppé
Succeeded by Jean-Yves Le Drian
Personal details
Born 24 February 1946(1946-02-24) (age 73)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Political party Republican Party (Before 1997)
Liberal Democracy (1997–1998)
Independent Republican and Liberal Pole (1998)
Union for French Democracy (1998–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–present)
Alma mater Institute of Political Studies, Paris
National School of Administration, Strasbourg

Gérard Longuet (born 24 February 1946 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine[1]) is a French conservative politician. He served as French Defense Minister from 27 February 2011 until 15 May 2012.[2]


When he was young, he was part of an far-right movement called Occident.[3] During the early 1990s Longuet was president of the Republican Party and served as Industry Minister until he resigned in 1994.[4]

Before his appointment as Defense Minister, he was the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in the Senate.[5] Formerly Longuet was a member of the National Assembly of France, Cabinet Minister, and Member of the European Parliament. He became President of the Conseil régional de Lorraine in 1992. In 2002 while he still at this function, Nicolas Sarkozy is Ministre de l'Intérieur and the first operations of the GIR are made at the Haut-du-Lièvre in Nancy.

In 2005 he was found not guilty in a trial over claims that construction companies had paid money to political parties in return for contracts.[6]

In 2008, he compared homosexuality to pedophilia, and he said gay pride parades may lead LGBT teenagers to suicide.[7][8] He has said he doesn't remember saying it, even though there is footage of it.[9]

Political careerEdit

Governmental functions

Minister of Defence and Veterans affairs: 2011-2012.

Minister of Industry, Posts and Telecommunications, and Foreign Trade : 1993–1994 (Resignation).

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications : 1986–1988.

Secretary of State for Posts and Telecommunications : March–August 1986.

Electoral mandates

European Parliament

Member of European Parliament : 1984–1986 (He became minister in 1986).

Senate of France

President of the UMP Group in the Senate of France : 2009–2011 (Became minister in 2011).

Senator of Meuse : 2001–2011 (Became minister in 2011). Elected in 2001, reelected in 2011 but he stays as minister.

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Meuse (1st constituency) : 1978–1981 / Reelected in 1986 but he became minister / 1988–1993 (Became minister in 1993). Elected in 1978, reelected in 1986, 1988, 1993.

Regional Council

President of the Regional Council of Lorraine (region) : 1992–2004. Reelected in 1998.

Regiona councillor of Lorraine (region) : 1992–2010 (Resignation). Reelected in 1998, 2004, 2010.

General council

Vice-president of the General council of Meuse : 1982–1986.

General councillor of Meuse : 1979–1992 / 1998–2001 (Resignation). Reelected in 1985, 1998.

Municipal council

Municipal councillor of Bar-le-Duc : 1983–1989.

Political functions

President of the Republican Party (France) : 1990–1995.


  2. Government reshuffling Archived 3 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Balladur quickly appoints replacement for Longuet". The Independent. 17 October 1994. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  5. "Embattled Sarkozy facing new blow at hands of French voters". The Independent. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  6. "IOC member Drut sentenced in corruption trial". Associated Press. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  7. Paul Parant, 'Avant d'être ministre de la Défense, Gérard Longuet assimilait homosexualité et pédophilie', in Têtu, 28 February 2011 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  8. 'Gérard Longuet, sénateur de la Meuse, dérape', in Têtu, 10 November 2008 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  9. 'Quand Gérard Longuet (UMP) compare l'homosexualité à la pédophilie', in Le Monde, 12 November 2008 [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Alain Juppé
Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs
Succeeded by
Jean-Yves Le Drian

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