Paris deputy (LR) Claude Goasguen, former mayor of the 16th arrondissement, died on Thursday morning.
The one who was Jacques Chirac's minister had been seriously affected by the Covid-19 and hospitalized at the Georges Pompidou hospital where he was in an artificial coma for 22 days.
About two weeks ago, he was transferred to the Corentin Celton hospital in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) where he was recovering. "For several days now, he has been much better," laments a familiar.
"He died of a cardiac arrest," said a statement from relatives who "expresses his deep gratitude to the resuscitation team at Georges Pompidou hospital and to all of the medical services that provided him with better care afterwards ”.
Dati political advisor for municipal
A pugnacious speaker, the deputy for Paris was also an ephemeral Minister for State Reform in the first government of Alain Juppé in 1995. In addition to this passage to the government, he sat in the Assembly almost without interruption since 1993. He had was mayor of the 16th arrondissement of Paris from 2008 to 2017, before choosing his mandate as a deputy, due to the prohibition of the cumulation of mandates.
He had become in November the political adviser of Rachida Dati in the campaign of the municipal ones in Paris, after having maintained tense relations with the candidate LR.
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"Despite sometimes our disagreements, we have always found ourselves on the values that motivate us and that motivate our fight," reacted Rachida Dati in a press release. I will never forget that he was among the first Parisian elected officials to trust me, in my project for Paris, and to support my candidacy for the Town Hall of Paris, when few believed in it. Our deep friendship grew during this campaign. ”
"Carried away by this bastard", rage François Bayrou
Many other politicians of all stripes have also paid tribute to Claude Goasguen. The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo spoke of "her immense sadness". “We rarely agreed, but I had deep respect for him. I liked his humor and his strong personality ”she reacted on twitter.
It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of Claude Goasguen. We rarely agreed, but I had deep respect for him. I liked his humor and his strong personality. Today my emotional thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/bXLe2uSsur- Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 28, 2020
“Claude Goasguen has just left, swept away by this filth. No matter what politics may say, he was my friend and I have been his for twenty years. And we both knew it, ”also greeted Modem boss François Bayrou.
Claude Goasguen has just left, swept away by this filth. No matter what politics may say, he was my friend and I have been his for twenty years. And we both knew it.- François Bayrou (@bayrou) May 28, 2020
Agnès Buzyn, LREM candidate for mayor of Paris, evokes a "man of convictions, with a strong character", and the mayor (LR) of the 17th arrondissement of the capital, Geoffroy Boulard, greets a "man of letters and tribune noticed whose cheekiness, outspokenness and his commitment against anti-Semitism we will keep in mind ”.