Bruno Mégret

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Mégret in 2007.

Bruno Mégret (born 4 April 1949 in Paris) is a French politician. He was the leader of the National Republican Movement, but retired from politics in 2008.

He holds a master's degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a reserve army captain.[1]

In 1985, he joined the right-wing political party National Front. In 1986, he was elected to the National Assembly, representing Isère. He organized Jean-Marie Le Pen's 1987 election campaign. From 1989 to 1999, he was also a member of the European Parliament.

Mégret did not agree with Le Pen's extreme political views, believing that it did not help with their public image. In 1998, Bruno Mégret left the Front National and founded the National Republican Movement (Mouvement National Républicain).[2]

He ran for president in the 2002 French presidential election. He received 2.33% of the vote, and did not advance to the second round. He endorsed Le Pen in the second round.

Mégret was sentenced to 8 months of probation and was fined 8,000 Euros after he used public funds to fund his presidential campaign.[3]

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  1. Romain Rosso L'ascension d'un homme dangereux Archived 21 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine L'Express, 26 February 1998
  2. Paul Webster, "Le Pen win cuts far right's lifeline", The Guardian, 12 May 1999.
  3. Le Figaro: Bruno Mégret se retire de la vie politique 20 May 2008

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