On the political scene, Marielle de Sarnez had imposed her student look, white converse, slim jeans, white shirt and blue blazer on a slender silhouette à la Jane Birkin. The ephemeral Minister of European Affairs in the first government of Emmanuel Macron died on Wednesday evening at the age of 69 from leukemia. François Bayrou, himself, announced his death to AFP and in a short text posted on Twitter. “Here is the extra day. Marielle, so talented and courageous, Marielle de Sarnez has just left. Our grief is immense ”, wrote the president of Modem and now High Commissioner for Planning.
The one who has always been presented as the right arm of the former Minister of Education, entered politics in 1974 to support the candidacy of Valéry Giscard D’Estaing. She then actively participated in the creation of young Giscardiens before fulfilling the same role for the establishment of the UDF. In a portrait that Release dedicated to her in 2004, it is to her that the memorable “Giscard at the bar” t-shirts are attributed to her. “I was the t-shirt chef! she confided. What made me laugh was doing things, making, creating. I think it’s very feminine. Men, on the other hand, feel sufficiently happy with the appearance of power. “
In this UDF struggling with Jacques Chirac’s RPR, she then rubbed shoulders with Jean Lecanuet, Simone Veil and Raymond Barre. Without his complicity with a newcomer to the centrist family, François Bayrou, never comes to suffer. When he was appointed rue de Grenelle in 1993 by Édouard Balladur, he appointed her as a simple advisor. When he left four years later, she was chief of staff. Strategist, leader, it is she who, naturally, directs the campaigns of Bayrou in the presidential elections of 2007 and 2012. Loyal among the most faithful, it is she who will return from Ukraine with the idea of orange for color. of the brand new Democratic Movement. It is also she who will remain convinced of the choice to maintain an independent centrist island when the UMP Chiraquien then Sarkozyste, in 2002 and 2007, tries to ratiboiser what separates the right from the left.
“Giscard did it well!”
Member of Paris since 2017, she was until Wednesday a respected president of the European Affairs Committee. Advisor to Paris from 2014 to 2020, it is above all in the European Parliament that Sarnez has deployed all her energy by sitting there without interruption from 1999 to 2017. This same Parliament of Strasbourg which will take away a Grail. Questioned in the case of the fictitious jobs of parliamentary assistants of the Modem, she must resign barely a month after her appointment, along with the other ministers of her party (François Bayrou and Sylvie Goulard) of the first government of Édouard Philippe. A government of which she will have been one of the linchpins by convincing Bayrou to rally to the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron, young Minister of the Economy of François Hollande. A man he previously vituperated as representing all he hated, “In the hands of the silver powers”.
“I can’t imagine my life without serving an interest greater than me”, she said in 2004 and then believing in the chances of Bayrou, she affirmed: “I don’t know how France will be in 2007. It’s a complicated alchemy. But after all, Giscard did it well! ” Bayrou did not succeed. Macron yes. To convince, Marielle de Sarnez knew how to think on three levels, that of Bayrou, the political interest for the party and that of its troops. For all this, she will have been essential to the one she has accompanied throughout her career. His disappearance is a major loss for the first political force allied to Emmanuel Macron.
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