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Death of Armand Jung, historical figure of the Socialist Party in Alsace

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Armand Jung, 2013. CLAUDE TRUONG-NGOC / CC BY-SA 3.0

Socialist deputy of Bas-Rhin for eighteen years (1997-2016), elite of passionate field by the "Everyday people"Armand Jung died on July 31, in Strasbourg, at the age of 68. In 2016, health problems led to a continuing disappointment for his fourth term at the National Assembly.

Born on December 13th, 1950 in Thà © ding (Moselle), with a minor fathers and a mother teacher, Armand Jung joined Strasbourg at the beginning of the 1970s to to complete his studies of law. He obtained a Master of Public Law and integrated in 1975 the Urban Community of Strasbourg as a territorial civil servant.

It is this same year that the left-wing activist first spoke about him: the signing of a petition demanding the release of the contingent's appeals who claimed the possibility of To create soldiers' associations, he was charged with "attempting to demoralize the army" in front of the State Security Court. Armand Jung is detained temporarily in Fleury-Merogis Prison, before obtaining a dismissal.

Fidé to Michel Rocard

A member of Michel Rocard's Unified Socialist Party (PSU) in 1973, Armand Jung remained, throughout his career, faithful to the line defended by his mentor and active representative of the Rococans in Alsace. He joined the Socialist Party in 1978 and must wait before reaching a first term: it will be in 1986, with his election on the regional council of Alsace. Two years later, he created the surprise by integrating the general council of Bas-Rhin: he was for a long time the only socialist of this departmental assembly. Then comes in 1997 the national consecration: Catherine Trautmann addition to the legislative elections that follow the dissolution of the National Assembly decided by Jacques Chirac, he enters the Palais-Bourbon when the latter is named Minister of Culture and Government spokesman by Lionel Jospin. It will be paid in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

A success that Armand Jung owes in particular to a strong presence in his constituency. The audience knows almost every inhabitant of the western suburbs of the Strasbourg agglomeration. A proximity that its trimmers do not hesitate, sometimes, to qualify as clientism. "I will never be a salon man, I prefer contact with people on a daily basis", says the Alsatian deputy. In the Hémicycle, to act, it often prefers the questions written in the drafting of law proposals.