Macron reunites relatives of Pierre Mendès France 40 years after his death
Emmanuel Macron gathers relatives of Pierre Mendès France for lunch on Tuesday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the death of this centre-left “great political figure”, according to the Elysée.
The head of state “never concealed his admiration for this great voice” which “made a very strong impression”, said an adviser to the presidency.
Pierre Mendès France died in Paris on October 18, 1982 at the age of 75 and was a member of the Résistance before becoming a minister and leading the government for seven months from June 18, 1954.
He then resigned as minister in Guy Mollet’s government in 1956 over a disagreement over Algerian politics.
For the Elysée advisor, “Mendesism is like Gaullism: everyone was, is or will be a Mendesist”.
To pay tribute to him, Emmanuel Macron invited fifteen relatives: descendants including his grandson Tristan Mendès France and his mother Yoan, former collaborators like Anne Sinclair who was his assistant, historians like Eric Roussel or the head of the publication Claude Perdriel, creators by newspapers supporting his ideas (Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Matin).
The President of the Pierre Mendès France Institute, François Loncle, former MEP of Eure, was due to raise the question of entering the former politician’s pantheon over lunch.
The idea of hosting it at the monument, which honors the great figures in France‘s history, has been mentioned for twenty years and has been promoted in particular by centre-left elected members.
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