Arnaud Danjean
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
ConstituencyEast France
Personal details
Born (1971-02-11) 11 February 1971 (age 51)
Louhans, France
Political partyThe Republicans
Alma materSciences Po

Arnaud Danjean (born 11 February 1971 in Louhans, Saône-et-Loire) is a French politician of the Republicans (LR) who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 European election, representing France's East constituency. He was elected a member of the Burgundy Regional Council on 21 March 2010.

In parliament, Danjean chairs the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE),[1] which is a sub-committee of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET).

As member of LR, Danjean is also a member of the European People's Party.

Early life and education

Danjean graduated in 1992 from Sciences Po with a Degree in "Communication, Research and Human Resource", and completed his curriculum in 1993 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science and International Relations at Sciences Po.

Professional career

At the Ministry of Defence

After completing his military service as a Reserve Officer at the submarine base of Toulon, Danjean passed an examination to join the French DGSE as a civil servant. He carried out numerous missions in Sarajevo in 1995 and 1996, especially during the Siege of Sarajevo and the signature of the Dayton Agreement. He became a permanent member of the French Embassy in Sarajevo from June 1996 to September 1998.

Danjean later worked as a Balkans' specialist for the Ministry of Defence and took part to the negotiations of the Rambouillet Agreement in February and March 1999.

After June 1999, Danjean carried out short-term missions in the Balkans and Central European Countries.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Danjean joined the Mission of France to the United Nations in Geneva in 2002, and performed in 2004 a new mission in Kosovo for Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

In 2005, Danjean joined the staff of French Minister of Foreign Affairs Michel Barnier where he was in charge of the Balkans and Afghanistan. He remained in office from July 2005 to March 2007 unter the tenure of Philippe Douste-Blazy.

Political career

Early beginnings

Danjean stood for election at the 2007 French legislative election in Bresse (Saône-et-Loire) against the incumbent Arnaud Montebourg. He was defeated by less than 400 votes after leading the first round with 44% of the polls against 41.3% for Montebourg.

He spent an extended stay in the United States at the end of 2007 in the framework of a German Marshall Fund course.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present

Danjain first became a Member of the European Parliament on 7 June 2009 for the East constituency on the list headed by Joseph Daul. He was elected as chairman of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), a sub-committee of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). Following the 2019 European Parliament election, he also joined the Committee on International Trade (INTA).

In addition, Danjean serves as a member of the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI).[2] In 2010, he joined the Friends of the EEAS, an unofficial and independent pressure group formed because of concerns that the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton was not paying sufficient attention to the Parliament and was sharing too little information on the formation of the European External Action Service.[3] From 2014 until 2019, he was part of the delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

As part of his parliamentary work, Danjean carried out several missions, in particular in Georgia[4] and Uganda. He was the rapporteur for the European Parliament's 2010 resolution on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy and the Common Security and Defence Policy.[5][6]

Following the 2019 elections, Danjean was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's four-year work program on foreign policy.[7]

Within the centre-right European People's Party Group (EPP), Danjean has since been a member of the leadership team around chairman Manfred Weber.[8]

Role in French national politics

Danjean was elected a Member of the Regional Council of Burgundy on 21 March 2010. A candidate at the 2012 French legislative election in Saône-et-Loire against Cécile Untermaier, who was supported by Arnaud Montebourg, he was defeated with only 49.6% of the votes.

Political positions

Danjean is widely considered an Atlanticist and proponent of NATO.[9]

He welcomed François Hollande's decision to engage the French Armed Forces in response to the armed groups' offensive in Northern Mali on 11 January 2013, an action he called "inevitable, justified and legitimate" according to the circumstances and international law.[10] He however regretted the inertia of the European Union despite a vote on a strategy for Sahel as soon as 2011, and criticised the inability of the French Government to involve other European countries which he sees as a consequence of the precipitate withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.[11]

In 2015, Danjean warned fellow French conservatives against being soft on Russia, arguing that "through the fascination for Putin, there is a real philosophical and ideological pull-back, namely a rejection of political liberalism."[12]

In the Republicans’ 2016 presidential primaries, Danjean endorsed Alain Juppé as the party’s candidate for the office of President of France.[13] Ahead of the 2022 presidential elections, he publicly declared his support for Michel Barnier as the Republicans’ candidate.[14]


Other activities


He commented in 2007 the Declaration of European Muslims of Mustafa Cerić, Rais of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[16]

He published in January 2013 an article in the Revue défense nationale : "Entre tentation du repli et fatalisme du déclin : l’Europe face à ses responsabilités" (Between the temptation of retreat and the fatalism of decline : Europe facing its responsibilities).[17]



  1. ^ "Members | Home | SEDE | Committees | European Parliament".
  2. ^ Members of the European Parliament's Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI) European Parliament.
  3. ^ Toby Vogel (3 March 2010), MEPs struggle to influence creation of diplomatic corps European Voice.
  4. ^ "French MEP M. Arnaud Danjean visits EUMM HQ - EUMM GEORGIA".
  5. ^ "Texts adopted - Implementation of the European Security Strategy and the Common Security and Defence Policy - Wednesday, 10 March 2010".
  6. ^ "Draft Report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy".
  7. ^ Florian Eder (June 13, 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  8. ^ EPP Group re-elects Manfred Weber as Group Chair European People's Party Group (EPP), press release of 5 June 2019.
  9. ^ John Vinocur (11 May 2015), Cameron Attempts to Put Britain Back on the Map The Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ "Arnaud Danjean's website, 11 January 2013". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Danjean: «Paris a manqué de leadership» sur le Mali". LEFIGARO. 20 January 2013.
  12. ^ Benjamin Haddad (18 August 2015), How Putin Won French Conservatives The Daily Beast.
  13. ^ Ludovic Vigogne (April 20, 2016), Bataillons: Primaire à droite: la liste des premiers soutiens parlementaires L'Opinion.
  14. ^ Emmanuel Galiero (1 October 2021), Présidentielle 2022 : Michel Barnier engrange le soutien de 51 parlementaires de droite Le Figaro.
  15. ^ Members of the Council European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
  17. ^ "Revue de la Défense nationale, n°756, January 2013". Revue Defense Nationale.