The president of the Hauts-de-Seine departmental council and former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy Patrick Devedjian (LR) died in the night from Saturday to Sunday from the consequences of the coronavirus, his press service announced to AFP. Diagnosed positive for Covid-19, the 75-year-old politician had been placed under observation Wednesday in a hospital of the department.
Thursday, he tweeted that “affected by the epidemic, therefore able to testify directly to the exceptional work of doctors and all caregivers”. “Tired but stabilized thanks to them, I go back up the slope and send them a very big thank you for their constant help to all the patients”he added.
Chairman of the Hauts-de-Seine departmental council since 2007
Gerard Larcher, President of the Senate immediately reacted on Twitter: “Great sadness to learn of the death of Patrick Devedjian. Courageous man and totally devoted to his city of Antony and to the Hauts-de-Seine. Condolences to his family and his teams”. President Emmanuel Macron hailed “a free spirit”.
A lawyer by profession, Patrick Devedjian was a deputy for the 13th district of Hauts-de-Seine from 1986 to 2017, mayor of Antony from 1983 to 2002 and elected departmental councilor in 2004. He chaired the department since 2007. He was also a member – word of the RPR from 1999 to 2001 and general secretary of the UMP from 2007 to 2008 and occupied several governmental functions.
From the extreme right to Sarkozysm
Passed in his youth by the far right, he fought for the West (far right) between 1963 and 1966. “I have never hidden from my past”, he explained in 2005 to Le Monde. “I was of Armenian origin and it was also a way for me to feel French”.
Patrick Devedjian then became close to Nicolas Sarkozy. “I am the first government sarkozyst”: thus described himself Mr. Devedjian when he was Minister Delegate for Industry, in 2005 in the very Chiraquian government of Jean-Pierre Raffarin. However, after being ousted from the government in May 2005, this liberal suffered another disappointment: with the accession of Nicolas Sarkozy to the Elysee Palace, he was not part of the Fillon government, open to centrists and to the left.