The centrist MP, President of the Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee, died on Wednesday at the age of 69 in the Paris hospital in Pitié-Salpêtrière. She suffered from leukemia.
“The Extra Day”
“The day is in excess here. Marielle, so talented and so brave, Marielle de Sarnez has just left. Our grief is immense,” said François Bayrou, the boss of MoDem, on Twitter.
A minute’s silence was observed in the National Assembly during a debate on the use of Maisons France Services. “The National Assembly is losing one of its outstanding members, and parliamentary diplomacy is losing a major representative,” responded its President Richard Ferrand, expressing his “immense sadness”.
“Marielle de Sarnez drew her strength from loyalty to her commitments to modernize our democracy and defend a certain idea of Europe. Her struggles will remain ours more than ever,” said Prime Minister Jean Castex. , involved in the tribute of many ministers, but also of political opponents.
From Mélenchon to Le Pen
When her death was announced, many political figures from all sides paid tribute to her, especially members of the government: “Marielle de Sarnez, a woman of the head and a woman of the heart, activist in European construction, has just left and she is already missing it,” argued the Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, while his successor to the European Affairs portfolio, Clément Beaune, welcomed “a committed Europe, a woman of immense courage”.
But it was also the political opponents of Marielle de Sarnez who welcomed her memory: “Great sadness: Marielle de Sarnez is being withdrawn from us. Honor for an exemplary opponent of loyalty, respect for others and creativity. The service of the country is losing a useful discreet influence, “responded LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, while the PS’s first secretary, Olivier Faure, recalled that Mrs de Sarnez” had the respect of everyone in the National Assembly “.
Invested, respectfully and attentively to all MPs
Marine Le Pen, President of the National Rally, also acknowledged “a shock to everyone”. “Aside from our political differences, she was an invested committee chairman, respectful and attentive to all MPs,” she said.
The one who began her militant life in 1974 to support Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s candidacy in 1974 also received a tribute from Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister: “Marielle de Sarnez was our sister in Giscardism. Intelligence, she was a woman with convictions who was comfortable with political complexity. Her assertive character in no way weakened a warm generosity. Marielle had a happy friendship. Profonde Sorrow. “