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Pascal Clément (born 12 May 1945) is a French conservative politician. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, he is a barrister by training.

Member of the Union for French Democracy (UDF), Clément was elected for the first time Member of the French National Assembly in 1978, representing the Loire département. He was constantly re-elected. Besides, from 1977 to 2001, he was Mayor of Saint-Marcel-de-Felines.

His first governmental function was Minister-Delegate for Parliamentary Relations, in Edouard Balladur's cabinet, from 1993 to 1995. When the UDF confederation split, in 1998, he joined Liberal Democracy party. Then, it merged in the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in 2002. Chairman of National Assembly's Justice Committee, Clément succeeded Dominique Perben as Justice Minister in Dominique de Villepin's cabinet, from 2005 to 2007. In this function, he opposed to Interrior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who criticized what he perceived as a lack of strictness of Justice towards some criminals. When Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of France in 2007, Clement was not held in the cabinet.

Defeated in his district at the 2008 departmental election, he lost the presidency of the General Council of Loire, what he held since 1994.

Controversy

Amid the buzz surrounding the french question of "identité nationale" ,Mr Clément was caught uttering heinous claims targeting the muslim minority.According to him ,the christian roots of France are challenged by a distinctive architectural features of mosques ,the minaret.

Political career

Governmental functions

Minister of Relations with the National Assembly of France : 1993-1995.

Keeper of the seals, Minister of Justice : 2005-2007.

Electoral functions

National Assembly of France

Member of the National Assembly of France for Loire (departement) : 1978-1993 Became minister in 1993) / 1995-2005 (Became minister in 2005) / And since 2007. Elected in 1978, reelected in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2007.

General Council

President of the General Council of Loire (departement) : 1994-2008. Reelected in 1998, 2001, 2004.

Vice-president of the General Council of Loire (departement) : 1982-1994. Reelected in 1988.

General councillor of Loire (departement) : 1982-2008. Reelected in 1988, 1994, 2001.

Municipal Council

Mayor of Saint-Marcel-de-Félines : 1977-2001. Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995.

Municipal councillor of Saint-Marcel-de-Félines : 1977-2008. Reelected in 1983, 1989, 1995, 2001.

Political offices
Preceded by
Dominique Perben
Minister of Justice
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Rachida Dati
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