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Nicolas Bay (born 21 December 1977) is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France. He has served as General Secretary of the National Rally since November 2014 and a Regional Councillor for Normandy since December 2015. He served as a Municipal Councillor for Elbeuf from 2014 to 2015. He is a member of the National Rally, part of the Europe of Nations and Freedom.

Nicolas Bay

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General Secretary of the National Rally
Assumed office
30 November 2014
LeaderMarine Le Pen
Jean-François Jalkh (Interim)
Steeve Briois (Interim)
Preceded bySteeve Briois
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyNorth-West France
Regional Councillor
Assumed office
18 December 2015
ConstituencyNormandy
Municipal Councillor
In office
23 March 2014 – 16 March 2015
ConstituencyElbeuf
Personal details
Born (1977-12-21) 21 December 1977 (age 41)
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France
Political party French
National Rally
 EU
Europe of Nations and Freedom
Spouse(s)Marion Bay (m. 2000)
Children3
Alma materParis West University Nanterre La Défense

Life and careerEdit

Bay was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines. He joined the National Front at 15, in 1992.[1] He soon became the leader of the National Front's youth wing (FNJ) in the Yvelines and Ile-de-France region.[citation needed]

In 1998, along with Guillaume Peltier, he founded the Youth Christian Action Association (AJAC), a movement which opposed the PACS and euthanasia.[citation needed] It claimed around 250 members and was close to the National Republican Movement (MNR), led by Bruno Megret.[citation needed]

In 1998, during the FN split, he joined Bruno Mégret's National Republican Movement, first as deputy national director of the National Movement of Youth (youth branch of the MNR) and later as responsible for elections within the party. He was one of the two MNR municipal councillors elected in Sartrouville (Yvelines) in the 2001 French municipal elections when his list won 11.3% of the votes. He was candidate in the Yvelines' 5th constituency in the 2002 elections. In the 2004 regional election he was the MNR's top candidate in Ile-de-France, winning 1.18% of the vote. As the MNR's top candidate in the Île-de-France European constituency in the 2004 European election, he won only 0.28% of the vote. He retained his seat in the Sartrouville municipal council in the 2008 local elections, but his list won only 5.2% of the vote. As a result, he is the MNR's only local councillor in French municipalities with more than 3,000 inhabitants.[citation needed]

Upon Mégret's resignation from the leadership of the MNR in May 2008, Bay and his allies won leadership of the party. However, due to his increasing contacts with the FN and Marine Le Pen in particular, the party council decided to remove him from the party in September 2008.[citation needed] Although he is not a member of the FN, instead head of a political club ('National Convergences'), he was on the FN's list (led by Marine Le Pen) in the North-West constituency in the 2009 European election.[citation needed]

Despite protests from within the party, he was selected to be National Front's candidate in Haute-Normandie for the 2010 regional elections.[2]

As a member of the eurosceptic National Rally, he firmly supported the United Kingdom's Brexit decision.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

He was a boy scout[1] in the Scouts Unitaires de France.

He is a self-declared Roman Catholic,[1] and he participated[1] in the protests against same-sex marriage law in 2013.[4]

He married in 2008 and has 3 children.[5]

Assumed officesEdit

  • March 2001: First candidature, as list's head, in municipal elections in Sartrouville, Yvelines (11.3%), first election as Municipal Counsellor. Re-elected in March 2008[citation needed]
  • 21 March 2010: Elected Regional Counsellor in Upper Normandy (14.3%), President of FN's group in the Council[citation needed]
  • 23 March 2014: Elected Municipal Counsellor in Elbeuf and Communal Counsellor CREA (Community of the agglomeration Rouen Elbeuf Austreberthe). Respecting the new law about not cumulating offices, Nicolas Bay dropped his municipal Counsellor office in Elbeuf the 16 March 2015[citation needed]
  • 25 May 2014: Elected French deputy in the European Parliament (running on Marine Le Pen's North-West France list, 33,62%). Member of the ITRE commission. Member of interparliamentary ACP-EU delegation and substitute member of relation with Israel delegation
  • December 2015: Leads FN's list in Normandy for the regional elections, winning 27.50% of the vote in the second round (three ways election). President of FN's group in the regional Council of Normandy

Political functionsEdit

  • 1997-1998: Departmental Secretary for the Front National's youth wing (FNJ) in the Yvelines
  • 2005-2008: General Secretary of the National Republican Movement (MNR)
  • 2008: Creation of Convergences nationales (CN) and support to Jean-Marie Le Pen’s presidential candidature
  • Since 20 January 2011: Member of National Rally's political bureau
  • 10 January 2012 - 22 April 2012: Spokesman of Marine Le Pen's presidential campaign
  • 8 December 2012: named Assistant General Secretary of the National Front, in charge of regional federations
  • March 2013: Director of 2014 National Front's campaign for municipal elections
  • Since 30 November 2014: Named General Secretary of National Front by Marine Le Pen in FN's Lyon Congress
  • March 2015: Director of Front National's campaign for departemental elections

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Mestre, Abel (2015-12-06). "Front national : Nicolas Bay, ou l'ascension d'un apparatchik". Le Monde.fr (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ FN list of candidates Archived 2009-10-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "French MEP hails Britons for Brexit COURAGE in anti-EU rant | World | News | Express.co.uk". www.express.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  4. ^ "Huge anti-gay-marriage protest march in Paris". BBC News. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  5. ^ "Biographie – Nicolas Bay". nicolasbay.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-04-12.