Olivier Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot (French pronunciation: [olivje bəzɑ̃səˈno]) (born on 18 April 1974) is a French far left political figure and trade unionist, and the founding main spokesperson of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau parti anticapitaliste, NPA) from 2009 to 2011. He was a candidate for the 2007 French presidential election, for the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire (LCR), the French section of the Fourth International. He gained 1.2 million votes, 4.25%, standing as a revolutionary socialist in the 2002 presidential elections. In the first round of the 2007 presidential election, Besancenot received 4.08% of the vote, just short of 1.5 million votes, placing him fifth and eliminating him from the race. In May 2011, Besancenot announced that he would not be standing in the 2012 presidential election. He is succeeded as main spokesperson of the NPA by Myriam Martin and Christine Poupin. Olivier Besancenot was born on 18 April 1974 in Levallois-Perret in the Hauts-de-Seine region. His father, Michel Besancenot, was a teacher and his mother a psychologist at a school. He studied history at University of Paris X (Nanterre), gaining a degree in contemporary history.

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