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Brice Hortefeux

Assumed office 
23 June 2009
Prime Minister Fran√ßois Fillon
Preceded by Mich√®le Alliot-Marie

Born May 11, 1958 (1958-05-11) (age 51)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Political party RPR, UMP

Brice Hortefeux (born 11 May 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine but was raised in Auvergne) is a French politician and Minister of the Interior, Overseas Territories and Territorial collectivities. He was previously Minister for Labour, Labour Relations, the Family, Solidarity and Urban Affairs and Minister-Delegate for Local Government at the Ministry of the Interior and was a Member of the European Parliament for central France.



Brice Hortefeux is one of the most loyal political allies, and personal friend, of French politician Nicolas Sarkozy. He is the godfather of one of Nicolas Sarkozy's sons.

On 18 May 2007, he was appointed as the first Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Cooperative Development in the government of Prime Minister François Fillon. As such he has boosted the numbers of illegal immigrants forcibly repatriated from France, extended the network of detention centres (established also outside the larger conurbations in smaller cities such as Blois) and modified the rights of individuals and organizations which visit them.

He is in favor of controls on immigration. He was the promoter of a law that toughens conditions of political asylum in France. He believes that France has a right to expel or welcome immigrants on a discretionary basis, citing as evidence the high unemployment and criminality rates of foreigners. He also points to the geographical concentration of foreigners in a small amount of towns as evidence that they are not integrated in the country. As he declared on the newspaper Le Parisien on the 8th of November 2007: ¬ę France has the right to choose which immigrants it can accommodate.¬Ľ [...] ¬ę Let's muster the courage to face our problems! Do you find it normal that 60% of immigrants are concentrated in only 3 of our 22 regions ? That the unemployment rate of these people is 22% and that their children are dropping out of school ? No, we will not accept this. " [1].

On M6's TV show Capital, when asked if there were illegal immigrants in France, he replied: "If you dream of a country where there are only honest and clean citizens[...] In reality, it's a constant struggle."[2]


  • Degree in private law (1982)
  • Master's degree in public law (1984)
  • Studied in Institut d'√Čtudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
  • Local authority administrator (1986-1994)
  • Prefect, given responsibility for a government public service mission (1995)
  • Special adviser in the office of the President of the Senate (1998-1999)
  • Head of office of the Minister for the Budget and Communications and government spokesman (1993-1995)

Governmental functions

Minister of the Interior, Overseas and Territorial Communities : Since 2009.

Minister of Labor, Family and Social Affairs, Solidarity and the City : January-June 2009.

Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development Solidarity : 2007-2009.

Minister of Territorial collectivities : 2005-2007.

Electoral mandates

European Parliament

Member of European Parliament : 1999-2005 (Became minister in 2005) / Reelected in 2009, but he remains minister in 2009. Elected in 1999, reelected in 2004, 2009.

Regional Council

Regional councillor of Auvergne (region) : Since 1992. Reelected in 1998, 2004.

Brice Hortefeux in the European institutions

He is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement, which is part of the European People's Party. During his time at the European Parliament, he sat on the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, was a substitute for the Committee on Budgets and was a member of the delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union.

Controversial remark in Seignosse, France

On September 10, 2009, Newspaper "Le Monde" disclosed a video[3] showing Brice Hortefeux at the UMP Summer School on Saturday September 5, 2009. As he is posing for a photograph with a young man of Arabic origin, the following conversation can be heard (translation):

Female voice - He does speak Arabic, yet he eats pork and drinks beer! Mr. Hortefeux - Oh really? Well, he does not match the prototype at all! There is always one! When there is only one, it's okay. It's when there are many that problems begin.


  1. ^ Le Parisien, Lundi 8 octobre 2007(French)
  2. ^ Article of Rue89(French)
  3. ^ [1]

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