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Jacques Delors and Lionel Jospin, in Paris, March 20, 1995.

In uncommon unanimity, all the political class paid eloquent tribute, Wednesday, December 27, to “builder” of Europe that was Jacques Delors, who died the identical day on the age of 98. The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, welcomed the“inexhaustible craftsman of our Europe”, together with L’“commitment”, “ideal” and “righteousness will always inspire us”. “His whole life was put at the service of peace and European solidarity”underlined the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is taking part in a “visionary”who has “defended European integration like no other”, “architect of the European Union as we know it today”. “His life’s work is a united, dynamic and prosperous European Union. It has shaped entire generations of Europeans, including mine. supports Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. While Charles Michel, President of the European Council, bows to a “great Frenchman and great European”, “entered history as one of the builders of our Europe”.

For Yaël Braun-Pivet, president of the National Assembly, Jacques Delors was the“incarnation of Europe” and “a great statesman”. “His vision of the world and the quality of his commitments, centered around a certain idea of ​​Europe and a society of dialogue and trust, of an economy which did not forget the social, gave it a unique place and authority,” praises the president of MoDem, François Bayrou.

Among the numerous reactions to this disappearance, his former socialist comrades bow to the person who most popular a European future to the presidency of the Republic. “He was looking for a path for social democracy, he was not chasing positions and mandates, he only sought them if he was sure he could find the forces and alliances allowing him to succeed. This was the meaning of his renunciation of running in the 1995 presidential election. comments former socialist president François Hollande.

Lionel Jospin, who was a candidate in the 1995 presidential election due to the renunciation of Jacques Delors, methodically recalls “the trade unionist, the pioneer of economic and social issues, the advisor to Jacques Chaban-Delmas, the activist who joined, at the same time as Michel Rocard, the Socialist Party that François Mitterrand was renovating, the realistic minister of the economy and finance , the passionate European who remarkably chaired the European Commission » and that “marked his era”. Pierre Moscovici, first president of the Court of Auditors, solely desires to recollect the“Unsurpassable European”together with Europe “was economic, social, monetary, educational, respectful of nation-states”.

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