Gérard Collomb announces he has stomach cancer
Former Lyon mayor and interior minister Gérard Collomb, 75, announced on Twitter on Friday that he had stomach cancer.
“I will fight the disease with the same energy that I put at the service of Lyon, our metropolis, when I performed the functions of mayor and president,” he affirmed, specifying after hearing the news on Monday.
Gérard Collomb is inseparable from the city of Lyon, where he was mayor from 2001 to 2017 and from 2018 to 2020, after having been councilor there from 1977 to 1995.
Coming from the Socialist Party, which he left to join LREM and support Emmanuel Macron ahead of the 2017 presidential election, he only left his city for a year and a half at the Interior Ministry (May 2017 to October 2018).
Since the vociferous announcement of his departure from government, his relations with the President had been strained and then frankly deteriorated, particularly in 2020 when LREM withdrew its nomination for candidate Collomb in the local elections citing the latter’s alliance with the right-wing in between the both towers.
But last March at the Elysee Palace, the two men seemed to have put their respective grudges aside during a very fraternal ceremony to bestow the Legion of Honor on the former minister.
Since losing local elections in June 2020 against ecologist Grégory Doucet, Gérard Collomb has remained very active in local politics. He is still a councilor in the city hall and in the metropolis.
Gérard Collomb was also a member of parliament (1981-1988), a senator (1999-2017) and president of the metropolis from 2015 to 2017.
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