The centrist family is in mourning. And with it, the entire French political class. “Wednesday January 13, 2021. Here is the extra day”, declared François Bayrou, president of Modem, at the announcement of the death of Marielle de Sarnez. Figure of the centrist current, the former deputy, ephemeral minister of European affairs the day after the election of Emmanuel Macron in 2017, died this Wednesday, at the age of 69, as a result of leukemia.
More than a political leader, François Bayrou expresses his sadness for the one who accompanied him in his political battles for forty years. A woman “So talented and so courageous”, wrote the mayor of Pau. “Our grief is immense.”
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
The members of the government also expressed their condolences, welcoming the commitment of the one who led her political life between Paris and Europe, always defending the European ideal. The Prime Minister, Jean Castex thus pays tribute to the one who had a “Certain idea of Europe” : “His struggles will remain ours more than ever.” Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2017, Marielle de Sarnez welcomed the European speech of the Head of State at the Sorbonne on September 26, 2017, which had been “At the rendezvous of History.” The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, welcomes “A leading woman” and “of heart”, “Activist for European construction.” Nathalie Loiseau, who succeeded her at the Ministry of European Affairs in June 2017, addresses her thoughts to “A woman committed to Europe, a fighter.”
“France is losing a very talented political leader. We are losing a friend ” , meanwhile, reacted the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron in a tweet, praising a “A craftswoman from the center, passionate about Europe”.
A tireless craftswoman from the center, passionate fighter for Europe, Marielle de Sarnez passed away this evening.
France is losing a very talented political leader. We are losing a friend. Thoughts of his family and his fellow travelers.https://t.co/7MdZ1Bef1d
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 13, 2021
“A woman with strong convictions”
In the National Assembly, where Marielle De Sarnez had sat since 2017, the tributes were not long in coming either. : “The MoDem deputies are seized with a great sadness”, wrote the president of the centrist group at the Palais Bourbon, Patrick Mignola. “We think (…) the privilege of having learned and acted alongside him. We cry to talk about her in the past tense. ” Tributes that go beyond the family of the center. The rebellious Alexis Corbière greets “A woman with strong convictions, always intelligent and relevant” when Jean-Luc Mélenchon applauds “An exemplary adversary of loyalty, respect for others and creativity.” “The service of the country loses a useful secret influence”, he continues. Among the socialists, Boris Vallaud praises a “Courageous and passionate woman.” A passion also underlined by the president of the PS group in the Assembly, Valérie Rabault, who remembers “With a voice passionate about Europe and the international scene.”
Great sadness: Marielle de Sarnez is withdrawn from us. Honor to an exemplary adversary of loyalty, respect for others and creativity. The service of the country loses a useful discreet influence.
– Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) January 13, 2021
“The National Assembly loses one of its eminent members, parliamentary diplomacy a great representative”, said the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand. On the side of right-wing parliamentarians, Moselle LR MP Fabien di Filippo remembers a woman “Always of great elegance, in her attitudes, in the commission she chaired.” Words similar to those of the president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen, who salutes “A committed, respectful and attentive committee chairperson for all deputies.”
“A free spirit and a free speech”
On the right, where his lifelong companion François Bayrou has been hated since 2012 and his support for François Hollande between the two rounds of the presidential election, we did not fail to salute the memory of the ex- Member of Parliament for Paris. The president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, praises “A woman remarkable for her convictions and her daring.”
Convictions also recognized by the mayor of VIIe district of Paris Rachida Dati: “I had the chance to work [avec elle] on several occasions, notably in the European Parliament. I appreciated the strength of his commitment ”, she tweeted.
The president of Hauts-de-France Xavier Bertrand greet him, “A free spirit and a free speech.” “Marielle de Sarnez will be missed in political life and in the debate of ideas which she passionately loved”, he writes.
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