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Former Minister of Cooperation and MP Bernard Debré died at the age of 75. A trained urologist, he was the brother of Jean-Louis Debré, former president of the National Assembly and of the Constitutional Council, and of Michel Debré, drafter of the Constitution of the Fifth Republic.
The politician Bernard Debré, former deputy and former Minister of Cooperation, died at the age of 75, his brother Jean-Louis Debré told AFP, confirming information from Le Point, Sunday, September 13.
Great physician, Bernard Debré was a member of an important political family of the Fifth Republic: he is the son of Michel, who was the first Prime Minister of General de Gaulle, and the twin brother of Jean-Louis, also a former minister and ex -President UMP of the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council.
The tributes multiplied at the end of the day. “I am sad to learn of the death of my colleague Bernard Debré. He was an upright man who had no tongue in his pocket, a great doctor, a Gaullist. All my condolences to his relatives”, reacted immediately on Twitter, within his political family, the deputy of Vaucluse Julien Aubert.
“A free spirit, independent and deeply committed to serving others, both in his medical and political career,” also greeted the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi.
Sad to hear of Bernard’s passing # Debré. A free spirit, independent and deeply committed to serving others, both in his medical and political career. All my condolences to his family and loved ones. https://t.co/b0IHTdQF4h
– Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) September 13, 2020
Bernard Debré was from 1986 deputy for Indre-et-Loire, a department for which he was general counsel (RPR, now UMP then LR) from 1992 to 1994. He was also Minister of Cooperation in the government of Edouard Balladur (1994-1995) and mayor of Amboise from 1992 to 2001 and deputy for Paris.
Reflections on medical ethics
But the politician was also a big name in medicine: surgeon, university professor, he was head of the urology department at Cochin Hospital where President François Mitterrand was treated in particular.
His experience in medicine has led him to write numerous books, in particular reflections on medical ethics: “France sick of its health” (1983), “The Thief of life, the battle of AIDS” (1989 ), “Warning to the sick, to doctors and to elected officials” (2002), “We loved you so much. Euthanasia, the impossible law” (2004). Knight of the Legion of Honor, he was married and father of four children.