Who is the man in the picture?
In this instance, the man shown in the picture is Brice Hortefeux. He is a conservative French politician. He was Minister of the Interior, Overseas Territories and Territorial Collectivities. He was born on May 11, 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He received his formal education at Sciences Po (Institute of Political Studies), Institut national des études territoriales (INET, National Institute of Territorial Studies), University Paris 10 Nanterre.
Hortefeux joined the RPR (Rally for the Republic, a Gaullist and conservative political party) in 1981, before joining the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement, a centre-right political party) in 2002. Since 1976, he has been close to Nicolas Sarkozy, a retired French politician who served as President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012.
Hortefeux is known for taking nationalist positions at times; he often adopted tough stances against immigration and illegal immigration. He has however always supported the integration and assimilation of legal immigrants into French society. He denounced communitarianism, a social philosophy that, in contrast to theories that emphasize the centrality of the individual, emphasizes the importance of society or community in articulating what is best or good for people. For Hortefeux and those like him, he believes communitarianism, the 20th Century political doctrine, is a big danger to the French nation-state.