France: centrist MP and former minister Marielle de Sarnez is dead

Marielle de Sarnez on May 18, 2017 when she arrived at the Elysee Palace after her appointment as Minister of European Affairs.

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Marielle de Sarnez, MoDem MP and former Minister of European Affairs of Emmanuel Macron, died this Wednesday at the age of 69 at the Parisian hospital of Pitié-Salpêtrière, announced the president of the MoDem François Bayrou.


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Here is the extra day.

Marielle, so talented and so courageous, Marielle de Sarnez has just left.

Our grief is immense,

 ”François Bayrou tweeted on Wednesday.

Marielle de Sarnez, who suffered from leukemia, was chair of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Here is the




so talented and so courageous,

Marielle de Sarnez

has just left.

Our grief is immense.

- 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.

Minister in the first government Philippe

His appointment in May 2017 in the first government of Édouard Philippe as Minister of European Affairs should have been the crowning achievement 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 LaREM, she was elected Member of Parliament for Paris (11th constituency) and took over the presidency of the prestigious Foreign Affairs Committee of the Assembly. 

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, deputy LaREM 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Great sadness: Marielle de Sarnez is withdrawn from us.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 service of the country is losing a useful discreet influence

 , ”reacted LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.





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