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A former French minister today (SUN) became the most senior politician in Europe to die of Coronavirus.
Patrick Devedjian, the 75-year-old President of the Hauts-de-Seine departmental council, succumbed to the virus early on Sunday morning, three days after tweeting that he was ‘tired but stable’.
Mr. Devedjian, a married father of four, was in the private Antony hospital, south of Paris, after being treated there since Wednesday. He was not known to have any underlying medical condition.
‘His condition deteriorated on Saturday,’ said a family source. ‘Doctors decided to place him in an artificial coma, but he didn’t survive.
Mr. Devedjian was still sending messages on Thursday, when he wrote: ‘I am affected by the epidemic, therefore to bear witness directly to the
exceptional work of the doctors and all the nursing staff.
‘Tired but stable thanks to them, I go up the slope and send them a very big thank you for their constant help to all the patients.’
Mr. Devedjian, a conservative Republican who held a number of ministerial positions under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, was one of a number of politicians across Europe who have contracted Covid-19.