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Former French minister Patrick Devedjian dies of COVID-19 (DW)

We at OIA are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of former Minister of the Republic of France Patrick Devedjian due to COVID -19 . We was not only a great politician who served France loyally and competently , but also a great son of the Armenian Nation who never forgot his roots that reached back to Constantinople and Kharpert  . The void he has left will be impossible to fill . On behalf of the entire membership of the Organization of Istanbul Armenians we extend our sincere condolences to his entire family including his widow , children and grandchildren; to the citizenry whom he served valiantly as well as the Armenian community of France and the global Armenian family .

Former French minister Patrick Devedjian dies of COVID-19

A French former cabinet minister and former president of the Parisian Haut-de-Seine administrative district has become one of the first high-profile politicians to die of COVID-19. Patrick Devedjian was 75.

    
Patrick Devedjian (Getty Images/AFP/L. Bonaventure)

A close adviser of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former president of a Parisian administrative district has died from COVID-19, the Haut-de-Seine department announced on Sunday.

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@hautsdeseinefr

Patrick Devedjian, ancien Ministre, Président du Département des Hauts-de-Seine, hospitalisé après avoir été diagnostiqué positif au Covid-19, est décédé dans la nuit du samedi 28 au dimanche 29 mars.
Communiqué de presse : https://cutt.ly/UtEHD52 

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Patrick Devedjian was the minister in charge of dealing with French recovery from the 2008 financial crisis. The 75-year-old first publicly announced he was suffering from symptoms of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.

“I am affected by the epidemic, therefore I am able to bear witness directly to the exceptional work of doctors and nurses,” he wrote on Twitter earlier in the week. “I’m sending them a big thank you for their constant help to all their patients.”

Patrick Devedjian@DevedjianP

Je suis touché par l’épidémie, donc à même de témoigner directement du travail exceptionnel des médecins et de tous les personnels soignants. Fatigué mais stabilisé grâce à eux, je remonte la pente et leur adresse un très grand merci pour leur aide constante à tous les malades.

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‘Free spirit’

Fellow politicians immediately paid tribute to the politician on Twitter.

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised Devedjian’s “local roots.”

“I liked Patrick Devedjian: his frank works, his humor, his local roots. He was affectionate and cultured,” he wrote on Twitter.

Manuel Valls

@manuelvalls

Une autre bien triste nouvelle …j’ aimais bien Patrick Devedjian..son franc parler, son humour, son ancrage local. Il était affectueux et d’ une grande culture. À sa famille et à ses proches toutes mes condoléances. https://twitter.com/BFMTV/status/1244162590458159104 

BFMTV

@BFMTV

ALERTE INFO – Patrick Devedjian est mort après avoir été contaminé au coronavirushttps://www.bfmtv.com/sante/en-direct-coronavirus-le-bilan-francais-passe-a-2314-morts-les-seniors-en-isolement-individuel-en-ephad/#content/contribution/edit 

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Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tweeted her “great sadness.”

“I extend my condolences to his wife and family. I think of our Armenian friends who have lost a brother today.”

Anne Hidalgo

@Anne_Hidalgo

C’est une immense tristesse, j’adresse toutes mes condoléances à son épouse et à sa famille. Je pense à nos amis Arméniens qui perdent aujourd’hui un de leur frère . https://twitter.com/bfmparis/status/1244162633244315649 

BFM Paris

@BFMParis

ALERTE INFO. Patrick Devedjian, président des Hauts-de-Seine et ancien ministre est mort du Covid-19https://www.bfmtv.com/societe/patrick-devedjian-president-des-hauts-de-seine-et-ancien-ministre-est-mort-du-covid-19-1884213.html 

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“Great emotion at the announcement of the death of Patrick Devedjian, former minister, President of the Haut-de-Seine, committed republican, free spirit,” President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand wrote. “My sincere condolences to his relatives and his family.”

Richard Ferrand

@RichardFerrand

Grande émotion à l’annonce du décès de Patrick Devedjian, ancien ministre,Président des Hauts de Seine, républicain engagé, esprit libre. Mes sincères condoléances à ses proches et à sa famille.

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“Great sadness at the death of Patrick Devedjian,” French Senate President Gerard Larcher wrote on Twitter. “Brave man and totally devoted to his city of Antony and to Haut-de-Seine. Condolences to his family and those close to him.”

Gérard Larcher

@gerard_larcher

Grande tristesse d’apprendre la mort de Patrick Devedjian. Homme courageux et totalement devoué à sa ville d’Antony et aux Hauts-de-Seime. Condoléances à sa famille et à ses équipes.

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The Armenian-French career politician held a number of ministerial positions since entering politics in 1983. He was also mayor of the town of Antony before becoming president of Haut-de-Seine, a department in western Paris.

France currently has over 38,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and has recorded more than 2,300 deaths. The country has implemented extensive lockdown measures to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

 

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