Marielle de Sarnez, Europe’s fighter, is dead

(B2) The current chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly (France), and Ffrmer MEP from 1999 to 2017, Marielle de Sarnez, died this Wednesday (13.01) in Paris at the Pitie-Salpétrière hospital.

Marielle DE SARNEZ à la plénière de juin 2016 à Strasbourg (crédit : Parlement européen)

De Sarnez was also the soul of the centrist party (MODEM) of which she was the first vice-president. She was a short time Minister for European Affairs (under Emmanuel Macron from May to June 2017).

A supporter of European defence

B2 loses its godmother a little bit. A warm-hearted being but who also had a perceptive intelligence, far from the tempting arrogance of the French, and a vision of the future. Marielle thought that European defence was not just a view of the mind, a hobby, but a real project, a necessity destined to impose itself, even if the blossoming was slow and knew detours and vicissitudes. Among the French MEPs, there were few who were interested in this subject. They were counted on the fingers of one hand… And then some.

An enthusiastic European spirit

Marielle was also the very embodiment of the enthusiastic but also concrete European spirit. To be convinced, she was not realistic about the weaknesses of the system. Her simplicity, her knowledge of the files, her sense of curiosity were a delight. All those who knew her in the European Parliament or in the National Assembly remember her. Even if behind that smile there was a woman with an iron temperament, who was not to be taken lightly at the political level and could impose herself and impose herself on a few who were sent back to the cloakroom without hesitation

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros-Verheyde

Rédacteur en chef du site B2. Diplômé en droit européen de l'université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne et auditeur 65e session IHEDN (Institut des hautes études de la défense nationale. Journaliste depuis 1989, fonde B2 - Bruxelles2 en 2008. Correspondant UE/OTAN à Bruxelles pour Sud-Ouest (auparavant Ouest-France et France-Soir).

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