Figure of the Mitterrand years â ???? he was his campaign manager in 1981 â € “Paul Quilès died this Friday at the age of 79. It was his daughter who told AFP at the end of the morning, after a rushed announcement at the start of the week. The former socialist minister died this morning in Paris. He fought to the end as he had always done in his life for others, ”one of his daughters Emmanuelle Quilé told AFP. s

This socialist established in the Tarn was successively Minister of Housing, Transport, Defense, Post and Telecommunications and the Interior. After the debacle of the left in 1993, he was one of the few socialists to sit, elected deputy of the first constituency of Tarn, a post that ???? he will occupy until 2007.

Piercing blue eyes and a rare smile, this strict-looking Polytechnician was in 1981 at the center of a heated controversy after clumsy remarks, exploited by the right, on the need to “drop heads”, once the left came to power. Mayor of Cordes-sur-Ciel (Tarn) from 1995 to 2020, elected in the first round during four consecutive terms, he was elected on several occasions, in Paris then in the Tarn, where Jean Jaurès was born.

Paul Quilès scored the left. Beyond his mandates and his responsibilities as minister, I retain from Paul Quilès his commitment to nuclear disarmament. Her singular voice will be missed.

Son of an officer and a teacher, Paul Quilès was born on January 27, 1942 in Saint-Denis-du-Sig, in French Algeria. After Polytechnique, he worked until 1978 as an engineer in the energy sector with the oil company Shell. At the same time, this left-wing Catholic, a former Christian student youth (JEC), joined the PS in 1972 and militated in the Mitterrandist current.

His political ascent took a real boom in 1981, when he became the director of the presidential campaign of François Mitterrand who, in May, acceded to the Elysà © e. In October, during the Socialist Congress of Valence, he launched, referring to the senior administration: “We must not be content to say in an evasive way, like Robespierre [â ?? ¦] in 1794 : Heads will fall. You have to say which ones and say it quickly! ”The right wing is indignant against the man whom it will nickname from then on“ Robespaul ”, an argument widely used against him in 1983 when he ran for office, in vain, the mayor of Paris against Jacques Chirac.

Paul Quilès, who was a moderate politician all his life, later explained that he actually wanted to “avoid what might have looked like a witch hunt.” “. But he admitted to having made the “mistake” of pronouncing a name, Robespierre, with “a strong negative charge”.

He later made public letters from right-wing politicians, such as Gà © rard Longuet or Patrick Devedjian, acknowledging their misinterpretation. In 1993, the former Prime Minister Michel Rocard also estimated, in the review History, that we made Paul Quilès say the opposite of what? ??? he meant, accusing television in passing of “transforming the debates of ideas into a crisis, for the needs of the spectacular”.

Homage to Paul QUILES a man of combat and conviction loyal to Mitterrand, loyal to the left, loyal to socialism. Thoughts moved to those close to him.

Appointed Minister of Housing in 1983, Quilès was promoted to the head of a ministry extended to Tourism in 1984. From September 1985 to March 1986, he succeeded the ministry of Defense of Charles Hernu, forced to resign following the “Rainbow Warrior” affair, the name of the Greenpeace ship sabotaged by the French secret services in New Zealand.

He was later found Minister of Posts and Space in the Rocard government (1988-1991). He was then again appointed to Housing (and Transport), before obtaining the Interior portfolio, in 1992-1993. In 1997 he was elected chairman of the National Assembly’s Defense Commission and the following year he chaired the mission of the National Assembly. parliamentary information on Rwanda.

The father of three was the president of the Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives organization, aimed at building a world. safer ”. He had written, alone or in collaboration, three books on the question, Nucléaire, a French lie, Arrétez la bombeâ ????! and The nuclear illusion.