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Christophe Castaner

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Gender Male
Age 56
Date of birth January 3,1966
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Born Ollioules
France
Office Minister of the Interior of France
Party La République En Marche!
Official site www2.assemblee-nationale.fr
SpouseHélène Castaner
Position Member of the National Assembly of France
Education Aix-Marseille University
Previous positionMinister of the Interior of France (2018–2020)
ParentsMarie-Claire Saint-Jean
Pierre Castaner
Date of Reg.
Date of Upd.
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Christophe Castaner Life story


Christophe Castaner is a French politician who served as Minister of the Interior from 16 October 2018 to 6 July 2020. He served as the Executive Officer of La République En Marche! and Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament from 2017 to 2018.

Christophe Castaner (French pronunciation: ​[kʁistɔf kastanɛʁ]; born 3 January 1966) is a French politician who served as Minister of the Interior from 16 October 2018 to 6 July 2020.

He served as the Executive Officer of La République En Marche! and Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament from 2017 to 2018. He served as Spokesperson of the Government under Prime Minister Édouard Philippe in 2017. He was also spokesperson for Emmanuel Macron during his campaign for the presidential election of 2017.Born in Ollioules in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, he was a member of the National Assembly for the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department from 2012 to 2017 and headed the Socialist Party list for the 2015 regional elections in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur before joining Macron's En Marche! movement in 2016. He also served as Mayor of Forcalquier from 2001 to 2017 and Vice President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur from 2004 to 2012. On 18 November 2017, Castaner became the Executive Officer of La République En Marche! before resigning as Government Spokesman.

Early life and education


The youngest of three children, Christophe Castaner's father was in the military and his mother was a housewife.A poor student, he gained his baccalauréat independently (en candidat libre) at the age of 20 in 1986. A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Aix-Marseille, he holds a post-graduate diploma in International Business Law and a diploma in Criminal and Criminological Sciences.

Political career


After work experience at the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) legal department, he was recruited to local government management posts in Avignon and Paris. In 1995 he became office manager for Tony Dreyfus, mayor of the 10th arrondissement of Paris.

He was technical adviser to the Minister of Culture, Catherine Trautmann, in 1997 and became her principal private secretary in 1998. He was principal private secretary to Michel Sapin, then Minister of the Civil Service and the State Reform, from 2000 to 2002.

Local government


In 2001 Christophe Castaner stood for mayor of Forcalquier. He won against the incumbent mayor, Pierre Delmar (RPR), who had been mayor from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 2001 and was also both a national deputy and a departmental councillor.

Re-elected as mayor of Forcalquier and president of the district council of Forcalquier-Mount Lure (Communauté de communes Pays de Forcalquier - Montagne de Lure) in 2008, he was an active participant in the creation of the intercommunality of the Pays de Haute-Provence.He was once again re-elected mayor of Forcalquier on 23 March 2014, standing against Sébastien Ginet (UMP). On 11 April 2014, his vice-president, Pierre Garcin, succeeded him as the president of the district council of Forcalquier-Mount Lure.

Regional government


In 2004, after having been elected to the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA), Castaner was entrusted by the president Michel Vauzelle with responsibility for land use planning. It was the first time this important responsibility fell to an "Alpine" representative, who was also the youngest vice-president of the PACA region. He was re-elected in 2010 and given a new responsibility: employment, economy, higher education and innovation.

Castaner was named on 5 February 2015 as chief candidate for the 2015 PACA regional elections by members of the Socialist Party with 55% of the vote, ahead of Patrick Allemand (31%) and Elsa di Méo (14%). In the first round he obtained 17% of the vote, trailing the National Front (40.55%) and The Republicans (26.47%). Following the decision of the Socialist Party, Christophe Castaner decided not to stand in the second round in an act of unity against the National Front. This choice enabled the election of Christian Estrosi with 54.8% of the vote.

National politics


Deputy for Alpes-de-Haute-Provence


On 17 June 2012, Castaner was elected as a member of the National Assembly for the 2nd constituency of the Alpes de Haute-Provence in the 2012 legislative election, ahead of the UMP candidate, Jean-Claude Castel, mayor of Corbières.

A member of the National Assembly's Finance Committee, in July 2012 Castaner was appointed Special Rapporteur of Work and Employment Budgets. On 20 June 2014, Prime Minister Manuel Valls entrusted him with the vice-presidency of the Council for the Co-ordination of Profit-sharing, Employee Savings and Employee Shareholding (Conseil d'orientation de la participation, de l'intéressement, de l'épargne salariale et de l'actionnariat salarié — COPIESAS). This authority was in charge of bringing negotiations between unions and management on these measures to a successful conclusion.

Castaner is considered to be one of Macron’s earliest backers. He sponsored the Bill for Growth, Activity and Equality of Economic Opportunity (Loi pour la croissance, l'activité et l'égalité des chances économiques), known as the loi Macron (“Macron's law”). He was spokesperson for and a supporter of Emmanuel Macron during the campaign for the presidential election of 2017. During this campaign, he was repeatedly criticized for dishonesty and tactlessness.He justified his joining with Emmanuel Macron by explaining that in politics one must be "at the right place at the right time, without necessarily knowing where you will end up". Described as ambitious, he reckons that "all politicians have an ego. Or they are liars. Recently, I downloaded La Provence at 5 a.m. to see if my picture was in that day's edition". He stood in the 2017 legislative elections on the La République En Marche! ticket for the 2nd constituency of the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence and was reelected.

Government Spokesperson and Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament


On 17 May 2017 Castaner was named Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament. He was also appointed as Government Spokesperson for the Édouard Philippe government.

In October 2017, as a result of some arrests, he was named among potential targets of attacks in preparation by far-right activists. Jean-Luc Mélenchon was also included among the targets. A risk whose seriousness was denied by the Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, shortly after.

Chairman of En Marche!


On 25 October 2017, a few days after Emmanuel Macron gave his support, Castaner he declared his candidacy for chairman of the party on RTL radio. He was elected at the first party convention on 18 November 2017. In his capacity as chairman, he spearheaded Macron’s efforts to forge alliances with like-minded parties across Europe ahead of the 2019 European Parliament election.

Interior Minister


Following Gerard Collomb's resignation as interior minister for the Édouard Philippe government in early October 2018, Castaner was appointed interior minister on 16 October 2018. A brief handover ceremony at the Interior Ministry was held the same day, and Castaner spoke to journalists citing the issue of security as the Ministry's greatest preoccupation, mentioning the "fight against terrorism".In the evening, president Macron addressed the French nation in a televised broadcast, in which he announced the appointment of the new Interior Minister and Agriculture Minister over a 12 minute-long speech.

During the Spring of 2019, Castaner was criticized for his handling of the Gilet Jaune movement. On 9 March 2019, after a day of Gilets Jaune demonstration, Castaner was photographed in a nightclub with a young woman of indeterminate identity. The resulting scandal became a subject of intense embarrassment for the Phillipe government.On 1 May 2019, during the Labour Day manifestations, Castaner announced an attack of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital by demonstrators, as well as aggression of the nursing staff and a policeman. Videos and testimonies published the next day revealed that what he presented as an attack was in fact demonstrators trying to escape from police, who charged to disperse rioters and black blocs. Criticized by journalists and part of the political class, and accused of lying, he recognized that he should not have used the term "attack".In the aftermath of the Paris police headquarters stabbing, Castaner was criticized for the public statements he had made regarding the motive of the attacker. Castaner had claimed that there were no warning signs prior to the attack in the suspect's behavior, while records dating back to 2015 documented several alerts and reports concerning a possible radicalization. Republican spokesman Christian Jacob called for an official inquiry, while other MPs demanded Castaner's resignation.

Political positions


In October 2020, Castaner was one of 48 LREM members who voted in support of a bill introduced by the Ecology Democracy Solidarity parliamentary group that would extend the legal deadline for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks.

Summary of elected positions


Local


18 March 2001 – 22 July 2017: Mayor of Forcalquier.

18 March 2001 – Present: municipal councillor, Forcalquier.

1 January 2003 – 12 April 2014: President of the District Council of Forcalquier-Mount Lure.

28 March 2004 – 13 July 2012: Vice President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

National


20 June 2012 – 17 June 2017, 21 June 2017 – 21 July 2017: Socialist member of the National Assembly for the 2nd constituency of the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Member of the Finance Committee — Special protractor of Work and Employment Budgets.

17 May 2017 – 24 November 2017: Government Spokesperson.

17 May 2017 – 16 October 2018: Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament.

18 November 2017 – 16 October 2018: Executive Officer of La République En Marche!

16 October 2018 – 6 July 2020: Minister of the Interior.

References


External links


Official website

Page at the National Assembly

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... Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, on a visit to the cemetery on Wednesday, said the attack was an expression of pure hatred and announced the creation of police taskforce against hate... Feb 16,2020 8:51 am

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... Who the attacker was? According to the Minister of the interior, Christophe Castaner, Harpon, a 45-year-old IT was had worked specialist, for the Paris police since the age of 16... Feb 16,2020 6:50 am

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Paris police attack: Four killed by knife-wielding employees

... President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and interior Minister Christophe Castaner all the site visited... Feb 16,2020 6:49 am

Channel migrants: Sixty six people found in small boats


Channel migrants: Sixty six people found in small boats

... A French navy helicopter spotted 13 men in a dinghy off the coast of Calais at about 04:30 BST Home Secretary Priti Patel met her French counterpart Christophe Castaner in Paris on Thursday to discuss a joint response to the rise in crossings... Feb 16,2020 5:49 am

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Channel migrants: Searches on Kent coast as eight held

... Home Secretary Priti Patel met her French counterpart Christophe Castaner in Paris on Thursday to discuss a joint response to the rise in crossings... Feb 16,2020 5:48 am

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse


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... The incident comes after Interior Minister Christophe Castaner warned that anti-Semitism was spreading like poison in the country, with a series of anti-Jewish incidents reported in central Paris last weekend... Feb 16,2020 3:06 am

Seven dead, many injured in Paris building fire


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... It was not immediately known what had caused the fire Paris on Tuesday morning, along with Interior Minister Christophe Castaner... Feb 16,2020 2:43 am

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