François Bayrou, his long-time friend and founder of the centrist movement MoDem, made the announcement this Wednesday evening. Marielle de Sarnez, Member of Parliament and former Minister, died at the age of 69 at the Parisian hospital of Pitié-Salpêtrière.
“Here is the extra day. Marielle, so talented and so courageous, Marielle de Sarnez has just left. Our grief is immense, ”the centrist leader posted on Twitter. Ms. de Sarnez, who suffered from leukemia, was chair of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Wednesday 13 January 2021.
Here is the extra day.
so talented and so brave,
Marielle de Sarnez
Our grief is immense. pic.twitter.com/g8y3cmBsJJ
– François Bayrou (@bayrou) January 13, 2021
Born in Paris in the 8th arrondissement, Marielle de Sarnez had spent a large part of her career there. President of the UDF Paris federation in 2006 and then of the MoDem Paris in 2008, she was elected Paris councilor in 2001 in the 14th arrondissement on an RPR-UDF union list. This convinced European was then elected MEP in 2009.
His appointment in May 2017 in the first government of Edouard Philippe as Minister of European Affairs should have been the crown of his career. But she will only stay for a month and four days.
The opening in the following June of a preliminary investigation by the public prosecutor’s office in the case of the alleged fictitious jobs of the assistants of the MEPs of the centrist party led her to resign, just like François Bayrou, ephemeral Minister of Justice.
Invested in the wake of the legislative elections by LREM, she had been elected Member of Parliament for Paris (11th constituency) and had taken over the presidency of the prestigious Foreign Affairs Committee of the Assembly.
Tributes from all sides
On the announcement of his death, many political figures of all stripes paid tribute to him. “How sad to see Marielle de Sarnez leave, a woman of great talent”, greeted François de Rugy, LREM deputy and former president of the National Assembly.
“Great sadness: Marielle de Sarnez is withdrawn from us. Honor to an exemplary adversary of loyalty, respect for others and creativity. The country’s service is losing a useful discreet influence, ”reacted LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Prime Minister Jean Castex declared: “It is from loyalty to her commitments that Marielle de Sarnez drew her strength to modernize our democracy and defend a certain idea of Europe. Its struggles will also remain ours more than ever. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones ”.
“The National Assembly loses one of its eminent members, parliamentary diplomacy a great representative. On behalf of the national representation, I express my immense sadness and send my condolences to his family, to his relatives, to his friends ”pointed out the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand.
Finally, the former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said : “Marielle de Sarnez was our sister in Giscardisme. Vividly intelligent, she was a woman of convictions, at ease in political complexity. His assertive character in no way weakened a warm generosity. Marielle had a happy friendship. Profound Pain. “
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