Fabrice Leggeri, former director of Frontex, joins the National Rally list

Strong rally for the National Rally (RN): Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European agency responsible for border control (Frontex) from 2015 to 2022, announced in an interview at Sunday Newspaper (JDD) that he joined the list led by Jordan Bardella in the European elections. “My goal is to put my experience and expertise at the service of the French. (…) I am convinced that this is the political option which will give the French the possibility of regaining control of their future”did he declare.

According to Mr. Leggeri, the RN “stands out for his courage and lucidity in correctly identifying problems while proposing appropriate solutions”. “Our objective is to regain control of the borders, both those of the European Union and those of France. The RN has a concrete plan and the capacity to carry it out. We are determined to combat migratory overwhelm, which the European Commission and the Eurocrats do not consider as a problem, but rather as a project: I can attest to this. »

This 55-year-old senior civil servant, enarque and normalien, held the management of Frontex from 2015 to 2022, before resigning following a disciplinary investigation. He was a controversial director, regularly accused by NGOs of tolerating illegal pushbacks of migrants and he had established himself as a defender of the impermeability of European borders.

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Targeted by a disciplinary investigation

“The European elections of June 9 represent a unique opportunity to put France and Europe back on the right path”he added in the columns of JDD. Jordan Bardella is currently leading all the polls for this European election, around 30%, with around ten points ahead of the Macronist majority. The addition of this senior official is a sign of the far-right party’s desire to expand its pool of experts and technocrats to gain credibility in order to one day exercise power.

“Former boss of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri was forced to resign, dropped by Emmanuel Macron because he acted against the submersion of Europe”, said Mr. Bardella in a message on The senior official was the target of a non-public report from this organization which, according to press information, accused him of “not having respected the procedures, having demonstrated disloyalty towards the European Union” and to be responsible for a “bad personal management”.

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“Regarding these accusations, it is important to note that neither the European Parliament nor the Frontex board has found concrete evidence to support them”affirmed Fabrice Leggeri in the JDD. “In reality, for wanting to control immigration, I was put under pressure and felt general abandonment. The French government pressured me to resign. Germany was not inclined to support me. The European Commission, clearly hostile towards me, wanted me to leave”he added.

Headquartered in Warsaw, Frontex is one of the most politically exposed agencies in the European Union. Bringing together coast guards and border guards, its resources have been regularly reinforced to deal with the influx of migrants at European borders.

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