Germany – Death of former president Roman Herzog – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (January 10, 2017)

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I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of former German president Roman Herzog.

With his passing, Germany loses one of the great architects of its unity. A respected statesman and eminent legal scholar, Roman Herzog played a decisive role in integrating the new Länder into the German legal system during the crucial period of reunification.

Elected in 1994 and the first president of a reunified Germany, he exercised his mandate with conviction and authority, and always with concern for promoting the humanist values he held dear.

Roman Herzog was also a friend of France and a great European. It was he who led the work by the convention tasked with drafting the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which entered into force with the Lisbon Treaty

I offer my condolences to his family and to the German people.