Former MP and former Socialist Senator Jean-Pierre Michel, one of the initiators of the Civil Solidarity Pact (Pacs) in the 1990s, which was then primarily intended for homosexual couples, died on Sunday at the age of 82.
After the Magistrate was involved in the creation of the Syndicat de la Magistrature after May 68, of which he was Secretary General, Jean-Pierre Michel was involved in politics in Haute-Saône. He was deputy from 1981 to 2002, then from 2004 to 2014 Senator and mayor of Héricourt for twenty years.
This elected knight initially unsuccessfully put several bills on the table in the assembly to “guarantee the rights of the surviving spouse”. As one of the rapporteurs of the text creating the Pacs in 1998, he was at the head of the “parliamentary guerrilla” which ended in pain in the historic vote of October 13, 1999 while living together under the presidency of Jacques Chirac.
As Senator, Jean-Pierre Michel was rapporteur for the same-sex marriage bill under François Hollande in 2013.
“A Great Republican”
This “passionate defender of equality” will remain “the great legislative architect of the Pacs,” said National Assembly President Richard Ferrand (LREM), who himself comes from the socialist ranks, on Twitter.
“He was a great Republican who was deeply connected to the defense of human rights” and “Equality and freedom for all those who are bound to the body,” greeted Foreign Minister Joël Giraud on Twitter.
“He was chairman of the National Assembly’s Legal Commission in 1985 and fought with strength and courage to set up the Pacs,” recalled the current owner, Yaël Braun-Pivet (LREM). Several former MPs and local elected officials also paid tribute to him.
This tireless defender of equality has never stopped getting involved. His fight for the #PACS, of which he was the architect, made him enter the republican posterity, responded on Twitter by the ministerial delegate responsible for equality between women and men, diversity and equal opportunities, Elisabeth Moreno.