The announcement of the death of former minister Marielle de Sarnez, the right arm of François Bayrou for decades, immediately prompted a rain of tributes from her peers from all sides, who greeted a “courageous” and “respectful” politician.
“A tireless craftsman of the center, a passionate fighter of Europe, Marielle de Sarnez left us tonight. France loses a talented political leader. We lose a friend,” President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to her.
The centrist deputy, chairman of the Assembly‘s Foreign Affairs Committee, passed away Wednesday at the age of 69, at the Parisian hospital of La Pitié-Salpêtrière. She was suffering from leukemia.
“This is the day too much. Marielle, so talented and brave, Marielle de Sarnez just left. Our grief is immense,” said Mr. Bayrou, the boss of the Modem, on Twitter, who announced, very moved, the death of his right arm at AFP.
A minute of silence was respected at the National Assembly where a debate was held on the deployment of Maisons France Services. “The National Assembly loses one of its eminent members, parliamentary diplomacy a great representative,” reacted its president, Richard Ferrand, expressing his “immense sadness”.
“It is loyalty to her commitments that Marielle de Sarnez drew her strength to modernise our democracy and defend a certain idea of Europe. His fights will remain more than ever as ours,” stressed the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, joined in the tribute by many ministers but also by political opponents.
Born in Paris in the 8th arrondissement, Marielle de Sarnez had led much of her career there. President of the UDF federation of Paris in 2006 and of Modem Paris in 2008, she was elected councillor of Paris in 2001 in the 14th arrondissement on a list of union RPR-UDF.
She was then elected as a Member of Parliament in 2009.
His appointment in May 2017 to Edouard Philippe’s first government as Minister of European Affairs should have been the crowning of his career. But she will only stay in office for one month and four days.
The following June opening of a preliminary investigation by the Public Prosecutor‘s Office into the alleged fictitious jobs of the assistants of the MEPs of the centrist party led her to resign, just like François Bayrou, the ephemeral Minister of Justice.
Invested in legislative action by LREM, she was elected deputy for Paris (11th constituency) and took over the chairmanship of the Assembly’s prestigious Foreign Affairs Committee.
By CCEit (with AFP)