Philippe Ballard

Philippe Ballard (born 24 November 1960) is a French politician and former journalist. He worked as a broadcaster before becoming a reporter and television presenter for La Chaîne Info (LCI).

Philippe Ballard
Member of the National Assembly
for Oise's 2nd constituency
Assumed office
22 June 2022
Preceded byAgnès Thill
Member of the Regional Council of Île-de-France
Assumed office
2 July 2021
Personal details
Born (1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 62)
Champigny-sur-Marne, France
Political partyNational Rally (2020–present)
Other political
affiliations
Union for French Democracy (1989–2008)
OccupationJournalist, broadcaster, politician

Ballard entered politics as a municipal councillor in Le Plessis-Trevise (1989–2008) as a member of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) before being elected to the Regional Council of Île-de-France in 2021 as a member of the National Rally (RN). In 2022, he was elected to represent the 2nd constituency of Oise in the National Assembly.

BiographyEdit

Broadcasting careerEdit

Ballard was born in 1960. He graduated with a degree in communications from the School of Advertising, Press and Public Relations (EPPREP) in Paris.[1] He first worked as a presenter on Sud Radio in the 1980s, followed by France Info and RTL in the 1990s.[2]

Ballard joined La Chaîne Info (LCI) in 1994 as a news reporter and presented a number of political shows. He also covered famous events such as the 2008 United States presidential election and the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.[3]

He is also an official of the French Confederation of Christian Workers and campaigned against LCI's proposed closure in 2014.[4]

Political careerEdit

From 1989 to 2008, Ballard was a municipal councilor and then deputy mayor of Le Plessis-Trevise as a member of the UDF party.[5]

He joined the National Rally in September 2020 and stood as a candidate for the party during the 2021 French regional elections in Île-de-France.[6] For the 2022 French legislative election Ballard contested Oise's 2nd constituency and won the seat during the second round.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Philippe Ballard". gala.fr (in French). Archived from the original on 28 April 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Philippe Ballard". tf1.fr (in French). 2019-04-18. Archived from the original on 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  3. ^ "LCI : Mariage du Prince William et de Kate Middleton en direct le 29 avril". newstele.com (in French). Archived from the original on 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  4. ^ "LCI renonce à l'info en continu, TF1 supprime 148 postes". lepoint.fr. 23 September 2014. Archived from the original on 3 May 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021..
  5. ^ Valérie Beck (14 June 1998). "La chaine info, quatre ans déjà". Le Journal du dimanche (in French): 18.
  6. ^ "Régionales : un présentateur de LCI désigné tête de liste du Rassemblement national à Paris". lefigaro.fr (in French). 2021-04-27. Archived from the original on 2021-04-27. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  7. ^ Chazot, Sylvain. "Législatives: le RN Philippe Ballard, un élu de Beauvais augure". Libération (in French). Archived from the original on 2022-06-19. Retrieved 2022-06-20.