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Former mayor of Molenbeek, Philippe Moureaux, died at the age of 79
Philippe Moureaux (79), former mayor of the Brussels municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and ex-minister in various federal and state governments for the PS, died today. Reports that his daughter Catherine, who recently mayor of the Brussels municipality. From different angles, are responses to the death. Leaders of other parties point to the intense discussions she with him uitvochten, but prices at the same time, his “deep convictions”. Many will make the antiracismewet of which he is the spiritual father was in memory.

In the years ‘80 and ‘90 sat Moureaux on different key positions in the federal and state governments: Justice, Institutional Reform, Internal Affairs and Social Affairs. He led in the ‘80s two French gemeenschapsregeringen. From 1988 to 1992, he was deputy prime minister in the last two governments of Wilfried Martens.

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From 1993 to 2012 he was also mayor of Molenbeek. After the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, he received heavy criticism because of its policy the moslimradicalisme in the hand work would have. Moureaux defended himself in a book against those allegations. the

Within his own party was Moureaux for many years a leading figure: he was a good 20 years, vice-chairman of the party, and stood for many years at the head of the Brussels federation of the PS.


Last year in march made Moureaux is known that he was suffering with cancer. He then let all know that he is no candidate more would be for the council elections. A few days before the elections, he was last seen in public.

From Monday is a book in the town hall of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. His family let us know that they who wish the politician honor can come to express, Tuesday between 9 and 16 hours in the town hall of Molenbeek. The funeral will take place in the intimate circle.

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