#FRAPoli: Tribute to Patrick Devedjian – #FrancePolitics

Patrick Devedjian, who died on March 29, was a great servant of France, his Hauts-de-Seine department and his town of Antony. A man of conviction, he will have deeply marked our political family. The Republicans today wish to pay tribute to him and to join in the grief of his family.

Patrick Devedjian was born on August 26, 1944 in Fontainebleau, the son of Roland Devedjian, an immigrant who arrived in France in 1919. A graduate of the Assas law school, Patrick Devedjian was a lawyer at the Paris bar in 1970.

A free spirit, Patrick Devedjian joined the Union of Democrats for the Republic in 1971 and then participated in the creation of the Rassemblement pour la République alongside Jacques Chirac and Charles Pasqua in 1976. He was also spokesperson for the RPR from 1999 to 2001 then, later, Secretary General of the Union for a Popular Movement from 2007 to 2008.

Former deputy of the 13th district of Hauts-de-Seine from 1986 to 2017, former mayor of Antony from 1983 to 2002, Patrick Devedjian was elected departmental councilor in 2004, then Chairman of the Departmental Council in 2007. Fully committed to the Atlo- Séquanais, Patrick Devedjian will not cease wanting to make grow, evolve, modernize this territory of the West Ile-de-France.

Patrick Devedjian will also have served France by holding several government offices.
First Minister of Jacques Chirac, as Minister Delegate in charge of local freedoms (2002 to 2004), very attached to the autonomy of local authorities, he piloted the laws of Act II of decentralization. Then, as Minister Delegate for Industry (2004 to 2005), he worked in particular on the liberalization of telecommunications.
Finally Minister of Nicolas Sarkozy, as Minister to the Prime Minister responsible for the Recovery Plan (2008 to 2010), he helped to redress the French economy following the global financial crisis thanks to an unprecedented investment program .

Patrick Devedjian was also Administrator of the Louvre Museum, Vice-president of the Société des Amis du Louvre. Convinced of the interest of carrying out a cultural policy as an instrument of social cohesion and integration, he was in particular on the initiative of the construction of La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris-La Défense Arena in Nanterre, and focused the creation project of the Grand Siècle Museum in the Sully barracks in Saint-Cloud.

Proud of his Armenian origins, he never stopped fighting for recognition of the genocide and for the development of Armenia today. Married since 1969, Patrick Devedjian had four children.

Those who were fortunate to work with him, especially when he was secretary general of our movement, have an unforgettable memory of him, of warmth, of humor, of culture with a sense of state pegged to the body.

The Republicans wish today to send their sincere condolences to his family, relatives and people he has served so much.

Patrick Devedjian will remain a major figure in our political family and in French political life.

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