FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Michel Charasse is gone. The French Republic loses one of its most passionate servants. Civil servant, mayor, general and regional councilor, senator, adviser to President François Mitterrand, minister, member of the Constitutional Council, he will have served the country without interruption, at all scales and at all levels.
Born in 1941 in the Puy de Dôme, Michel Charasse made the republican school his meritocratic springboard. After the baccalaureate, his good results enabled him to obtain a State scholarship and to study at the Faculty of Law and Sciences Po. All his life, he was determined to give back to the Republic what it had given him. Free.
Civil servant at the Ministry of Finance during the day and parliamentary assistant at night and on weekends in the 1960s, he devoted two days of work per day of life to the French Republic from the start of his career.
On the benches of the Assembly, he met his first mentor, Gaston Defferre, President of the socialist group at the Palais Bourbon, of which he became the assistant general secretary. For 18 years, he was like the scribe and clerk of the rose group in the lower house. There he acquired an expert mastery of the mechanics of regulations, laws and the Constitution which opened to him, in 1974, the doors of the campaign team of the First Secretary of the Socialist Party, Epinay’s man, François Mitterrand.
Michel Charasse also launched himself into the electoral adventure, agreeing to wear socialist colors everywhere, where the party needs a candidate, without fear of setting out to attack impregnable bastions. Then in 1977, it was at his home that he presented himself, at the town hall of Puy-Guillaume, which he served for 33 years. His many other local mandates in the Regional Council of Auvergne and in the General Council of Puy-de-Dôme, show how much he was a rooted man, a man loyal to his fief.
On May 10, 1981, François Mitterrand was elected to the Presidency of the Republic. The fate of Michel Charasse is accelerating. He, the architect of the 110 proposals, has become the new president's trusted man. He prepares the agendas of the Council of Ministers, covers all constitutional and legal questions, reflects on all that can improve the functioning of the State and institutions, deals with questions of decentralization and local communities, thinks about elections , the state budget and fiscal policy, relations with parliamentary assemblies. Even elected Senator, even become Minister of the Budget in 1988, Michel Charasse never ceased to advise François Mitterrand. Faithful among the faithful, he accompanied him until he was ill and even after his death, becoming the guardian of the Mitterrandian memory.
Adviser to the President, Senator, Minister: French law and administration bear the imprint of Michel Charasse. We owe him the law establishing more transparency in the award of public contracts, the reorganization of Customs, the creation of TRACFIN and the strengthening of tax control. His greatest pride was his contribution to the Coluche Law which created new tax deductions for Restos du Coeur and other charities, improving the lives of millions of vulnerable people.
Appointed March 10, 2010 to the Constitutional Council, he continued, until the end and despite the disease, to defend the Republic and its main principles.
The spirit of Michel Charasse's fights, the strength of his commitment, will not leave us. President Emmanuel Macron and his wife greet with emotion the disappearance of a monument of Puy-de-Dôme, of mitterrandism, and of the French Republic, a man who tirelessly served our cardinal values and our institutions, our laws and our Constitution , the state and democracy. To his wife Danièle, his relatives, all the French citizens whom Michel Charasse served, they send their condolences.