Former French Minister Patrick Devedjian Dies of COVID-19
Patrick Devedjian, a French former cabinet minister and close adviser of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, died on March 29 after testing positive for Covid-19.
Devedjian was also the former president of the Parisian Haut-de-Seine administrative district.
Devedjian was 75. He was married with four children.
Armenian Ambassador to France Hasmik Tolmajyan sent a letter of condolences to Patrick Devedjian's family and relatives.
“The sadness is boundless. Deeply French and at the same time always devoted to his roots, Patrick Devedjian was a great actor and symbol of Armenian-French friendship.
He dedicated his entire life to advocating for the Armenian cause, making a huge contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in France.
His passing is a huge loss for all of us.
I express my sincere condolences to Devedjian's wife, Sophie, her sons, relatives and friends,” reads the ambassador's Facebook post.
Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan, in a Twitter post, conveyed his codolences to Devedjian's family, calling Patrick Devedjian's death " a great blow to French Armenians, the Armenian people and France."
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned of the demise of Patrick Devedjian. He was an exceptional personality, a politician of convictions and principles, a faithful fighter for the Armenian cause, an essential figure in French-Armenian friendship,” Pashinyan wrote, in French, in a Twitter post.