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Henri Guaino (born 11 March 1957) is a French speechwriter and politician who served as the member of the National Assembly for Yvelines's 3rd constituency from 2012 to 2017. He previously was a special advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 until his defeat in 2012.

Henri Guaino
Henri Guaino 2012 (cropped).jpg
Guaino in 2012
Member of the National Assembly
for Yvelines's 3rd constituency
In office
20 June 2012 – 20 June 2017
Preceded byChristian Blanc
Succeeded byBéatrice Piron
Personal details
Born (1957-03-11) 11 March 1957 (age 62)
Arles, France
Political partyRPR, UMP, LR
Alma materParis-Sorbonne University
Sciences Po


Presidency of Nicolas SarkozyEdit

Guaino was responsible for writing the Dakar address which Sarkozy delivered in 2007 and was criticised for being patronising towards the African continent.[1]

National AssemblyEdit

During the 2012 legislative election, he was elected to the National Assembly for the department of Yvelines.

On 3 September 2012, he unexpectedly announced his intention to run for the presidency of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). Guaino stated that his aim was to represent the gaullist component of UMP's heritage in this internal election. He failed to get enough endorsements and announced his endorsement of Jean-François Copé.

In 2017, he announced that he would run for reelection to the National Assembly, but in Paris's 2nd constituency. His party, The Republicans (formerly the UMP), however nominated former Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet to that seat. He ran under the miscellaneous right banner and lost in the first round with 4.51% of the vote, finishing seventh. Gilles Le Gendre defeated Kosciusko-Morizet in the second round.[2]

Popular cultureEdit

In the movie La Conquête (The Conquest), staging Nicolas Sarkozy's life from his appointment at the Interior in 2002 to his election in 2007, Guaino is played by Michel Bompoil.


  1. ^ "Infos de dernière minute et opinions sur | Le Huffington Post". Le Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 24 June 2018.