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The mp LR Claude Goasguen died of Covid-19

The Covid-19 just to make a new victim in the political world. The mp, the LR of the Sixteenth arrondissement of Paris, Claude Goasguen died Thursday. Elected to the council of Paris since 1983, the mayor of the Sixteenth arrondissement of 2008 to 2017, this figure of the right parliamentary was under medical supervision since the month of march. It was part of the first politicians to have caught the virus.

Claude Goasguen was a liberal, in the political sense and economic term. From the UDF, he had joined Chirac in Paris and then built his political career on his terms of office in the capital. In 2002, he had joined the UMP, representing the movement that is liberal in the hitch that he had formed with the centrist Jacques Barrot and the gaullist Bernard Accoyer.

If the Interior minister of the time, Manuel Valls had accused Claude Goasguen have been a member of the movement West, close to the far right, when he was a student, the elected paris had always defended. "I was not a member of the West, I've never belonged to a right-wing movement", said, in the corridors of the national Assembly, Claude Goasguen, in September 2016.

Lawyer, he was one of the last speakers of the Assembly. He defended regularly the cause of Israel, with the vehemence and against winds and tides. He was also very active on the issues of law and procedure, recognized for its relevance.

If he had never left The Republicans, he had been very shaken by the election of Emmanuel Macron in 2017. At the time of the taking of office of Édouard Philippe, without betraying LR, he had displayed his support for the prime minister. It was one of the few mps LR implanted to have survived the wave macroniste that has proved very powerful in constituencies such as his, the 16th arrondissement.

Jacob greet " a very great voice of the Assembly "

as an ex-president of the group, Christian Jacob had worked a lot with Claude Goasguen. "I've known ever since, almost 25 years, from my first days in the Assembly. He was a tireless fighter policy, a great jurist, an orator without peer. It was a very large vote of the general Assembly, welcomed the president of the Republicans in highlighting the qualities of a man, built "for the joust oratory".

Jacob remembers one liberal come to the UDF, which was "very faithful" to Jacques Chirac at the Paris city hall. Moreover, Chirac was called "Il Magnifico", in reference to its status as a rector of the academy, and named in Italy. The ex-minister excelled in particular in the debate on the justice and in general on all the texts where the polemicist could give them voice. "He lived to the Assembly, and we have seen recently how much her role has been instrumental in the campaign's municipal Rachida Dati, in particular in the 16th district," recalls the member of parliament for Seine-et-Marne, moved, by evoking "a page is turned" and the disappearance of an "energy" which was a member of the political bureau and LR, who had signed an "excellent report" on the State medical aid. "When he was on a about, he was referring to," concludes Jacob.

" A free man "

To the presidency of the LR group, Damien Abad has a emotion shared by the members. "It is a great sadness. He was a major figure, a free man, very committed and a bold character full of convictions and frankness. He was very attached to the freedoms. It is a great sadness for us and a big loss too," insisted the parliamentarian. According to Abad, Goasguen intervened often in the group meetings where he was respected. It evokes a particular affection for the member for Paris to the military issues, foreign policy, and in particular for Israel.

in The Senate, Bruno Retailleau was not a close relative of Claude Goasguen, but the president of the senators LR shared with him the same interest for the Christians of the East, knowing that he was chairing a support group to the Assembly as the fact Retailleau in the Senate.

For the ex-president of the national Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, Claude Goasguen was also a "boy friendly ideas ingrained. A friend enjoyable. He loved the good and beautiful life," recalls the ex-acting president of the Republicans who had been as vice-president of the Assembly. "It was very nice to work with him because he was a kind, intelligent and humorous," says Bernard Accoyer.

Rachida Dati : "I have always admired his commitment"

At the council of Paris, messages of sympathy were numerous. Rachida Dati, a candidate for mayor of Paris, and is said to be "distraught" by the news. In the framework of the municipal, Goasguen had come to join his campaign after a series of exchanges and muscular, while the right paris was divided on the question of investiture. Finally, the elected officials had chosen to bury the axe of war and Dati was appointed as a political advisor.

Thursday, the mayor of the 7th arrondissement has hailed a "history buff, a man of courage, values and belief" and an elected " temperament ". "I have always admired his commitment to the service of Paris and Parisians. (...) I will never forget that he was among the first elected parisians trust me, in my project for Paris, " said Rachida Dati.

Florence Berthout, maire du 5e arrondissement de Paris, regretted the death of a "colleague" and " friend ", stating that the Coronavirus had " won a personality outside the norm ". Danièle Giazzi, current mayor of the 16th arrondissement has complained of a "huge loss for France and for Paris". If she acknowledged the "ups and downs" in its political relations with Claude Goasguen, especially during these last municipal elections, the chosen one has entrusted his sadness. "I'm 25 years of an exciting collaboration," he wrote in announcing the installation of a pound of gold was in the lobby of the mairie du 16e, "in respect of the gestures barriers".

For its part, in the name of the group UDI-MoDem, the president Eric Azière called Claude Goasguen of " brother ". "It is part of these politicians who have always asserted the reality and strength of human relations on political affinities ", he judged.

Finally, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has expressed his "immense sadness" in spite of policy approaches which are often conflicting. "We were rarely in agreement, but I had for him a profound respect. I loved his humour and his strong personality, " said the elected socialist.

" see also - The Talk with Claude Goasguen (issue of April 1, 2019): "There must be a dissolution of the national Assembly"

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