Patrick Devedjian is a French politician, of Armenian descent, who is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement party, who rose to fame as a friend and adviser of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He was also a Minister, put in charge of the Recovery Plan, after the global financial crisis hit the world, and especially Europe, in late 2008.
His grandfather was a renowned Ottoman zoologist and political man, and his Sivas born father arrived in France while fledging the Armenian Genocide, which is still to this day one of the darkest times in the country’s history. In his early life, he has studied all across France, and in 1970 he was admitted to the Paris Bar. In 1976, he and his close friends laid the foundations of the Rally for the Republic party.
It didn’t take too long for the politician to make his views heard by the people around him, and thus he was elected as the Mayor of Antony, from 1983 to 2002, proving the right skills of a good leader. He was, sadly, one of the few people in RPR that during 1992 supported the Maastricht Treaty, a historical event which led to the formation of the European Union.
He was also one of the close advisors of Édouard Balladur during his presidential campaign in 1995. Unfortunately, he was defeated by Jacques Chirac. But one good outcome from this process was the fact that he was introduced to Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he later helped with his own election.
In 2002, Jacques Chirac was reelected, and Sarkozy was promoted as Minister of the Interior, and later Minister of the Economy and Finance, while Patrick Devedjian became Deputy Minister for Industry.
After 2006, Nicolas Sarkozy resigned from his position in the Government to become President of the Union for a Popular Movement party. Patrick Devedjian quickly followed his friend and later became his main political advisor. But tension soon followed after Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president because Devedjian wanted to become Minister of Justice, but the President denied him that by appointing someone else instead.
From late December 2008 to early November 2010, Devedjian was appointed as a Minister, and he was in command of the implementation of the Recovery Plan, a special ministerial project created in the two years that followed the global financial crisis of 2008. He soon retired and left the UMP leadership to Xavier Bertrand.
He is an impressive man who has left a mark on the modern history of France. And he didn’t shy away from controversy. He was recorded calling one of his colleges, Anne-Marie Comparini, “that bitch!” a thing for which he apologized repeatedly. But that moment left a spot on his clean public image, and it hunts him even to this day.