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    PARIS (Sputnik) - French politician and former minister Patrick Devedjian has died in Paris at the age of 75 of complications from the coronavirus disease, the local authorities said in a statement on Sunday.

    "Patrick Devedjian, the former minister and the president of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine, hospitalized after positive COVID-19 test, passed away on Sunday night," the statement said.

    Devedjian announced that he contracted COVID-19 in his Twitter account earlier in the week. He also said that his condition was stable and thanked the medical staff for their work.

    ​From 2008-2010, Devedjian was the minister under then-Prime Minister Francois Fillon in charge of the Implementation of the Recovery Plan — a special ministerial post created for two years after the 2008 global economic crisis.

    As of Sunday, France confirmed 37,575 cases of the coronavirus infection and 2,314 deaths.

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