President 2022: Michel Barnier Candidate

The former minister and former European commissioner announced his candidacy for the Elysee Palace on 26 August 2021.

Michel Barnier is a right-wing French politician, member of the Republican Party and a candidate for the 2022 presidential election.


date and place of birth : January 9, 1951 in La Tronche (Isre).

Born near Grenoble, Michel Barnier is the son of Jean Barnier, the head of a small for-profit business, and Denis Durand, involved in community life. Militant since adolescence within the Gaullist movement, he studied at the Lizzie Jean-Moulin, in Albertville, then at the Parc in Lyon. He graduated from Paris Business School.

Between 1973 and 1977, he served in three ministerial cabinets: Robert Pouzade (Minister of the Environment) (1973–74), Pierre Mazoud (Secretary of State for Youth and Sport) (1974–76), and Antoine Rouffenacht (Secretary of State to Raymond Barre). , Prime Minister) (1976–77).

Responsible for the UJP (Union des Jeunes por le Progress), he was elected General Counsel of Bourg-Saint-Maurice in Savoy in 1973, at the age of 22, deputy to Savoy at 27, in 1978. He was the youngest then. National Assembly. He will keep his mandate till 1993.

From his election to the presidency of the General Council of Savoy (1982–99), he devoted himself with Jean-Claude Killy to Albertville’s candidacy for the Olympic Winter Games, then to the organization of the competition, in which will be held. 1992.

He became Minister of the Environment in the Government of Balladur from 1993 to 1995, then Minister of Representative for European Affairs from 1995 to 1997, in the Government of Juppe.

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In 1997, he was elected Senator (Savoie), then European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 1999 to 2004.

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Rafferin government from March 2004 to May 2005 and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from 2007 to 2009 in the Philon government.

From 2006 to 2014, he was Vice President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

He became a member of the European Parliament in July 2009, then the European Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services from 2010 to 2014.

In October 2016, he was appointed chief negotiator for Brexit preparation, then the negotiator in charge of relations with the United Kingdom.

In 2021, he became a member of the Republican Strategic Council.

On August 26, 2021, he announced his decision to be a candidate for the 2022 presidential election.

He is married and is the father of three children.


Graduated from Paris Business School (1972)


Michel Barnier’s Mandate
Chief negotiator responsible for the working group of the Commission responsible for the preparation and conduct of negotiations with the United Kingdom 2016- 2021
European Commissioner then Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Internal Markets and Financial Services 2010-2014
MEP, Chairman of the French Delegation of the EPP 2009-2010
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries 2007-2009
foreign affairs minister 2004-2005
European commissioner responsible for advertising personality for regional policy and institutional reforms 1999-2004
Senator of Savoy 1997-1999
European Affairs Minister Representative 1995-1997
environment minister 1993-1995
Chairman of the General Council of Savoy 1982-1999
members of savoy 1978-1995
General Counsel of Savoie (Canton of Bourg-Saint-Maurice) 1973-1999
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  • The Great Illusion: The Secret Brexit Diary (2021), Gallimard edition
  • relax or be free (2014), Gallimard Edition
  • Europe, map on the table (2008), Acropol Edition
  • Who will feed the world? For a new agricultural revolution (2008), Acropol Edition
  • Atlas for a Sustainable World (2007), Acropol Edition
  • Getting Europe out of preconceived notions (2005), Plone Edition
  • Our contract for work-study (2001), Plone Edition
  • Ecological Challenge, for All (2000), Hatchet Edition
  • to an unknown sea (1994), Plural Edition
  • Atlas of Major Risks (1992), Plone Edition
  • All for all, the ecological challenge (1990), Hatchet Edition
  • Long live politics! (1985), stock version


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In September 2021, Michel Barnier, a two-time European commissioner and European Brexit negotiator, defended the primacy of national law compared to the European Union, which sparked many reactions, particularly in Brussels. “We cannot do all this without securing our legal sovereignty, being permanently threatened with a judgment or condemnation by the European Court of Justice or the Convention on Human Rights, or with the interpretation of our own judicial institution.», he said during the parliamentary days of the Les Républiques party in Nmes. Several right-wing elected officials flew to his aid.

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