July 24, 2021

The death of Senator Patrick Boré, a pillar of the Republican right in the Bouches-du-Rhône

In the family photos of the right of the Bouches-du-Rhône, his tall stature still dominated. Senator Les Républicains (LR) Patrick Boré, former second row rugby trained at RC Toulon and international university, had kept the imposing physique and the quiet strength of his sporting years. He died on July 4, at the age of 64, from pancreatic cancer.

Pillar of the RPR then the UMP and LR in his department, “Holding a humanist right”, as defined by his friend Renaud Muselier, Patrick Boré entered the Senate late. In August 2020, the departure of the Aixoise Sophie Joissains (UDI), who resigned, finally allowed him to reach this national outcome, for which he was an unsuccessful candidate in 2008 and 2014. A few weeks later, while the eight posts of senator from Bouches-du-Rhône, including his own, must be renewed, he is entrusted with the head of the list led by Les Républicains.

The outgoing Marseille Jean-Claude Gaudin and Bruno Gilles, one retired, the other entered dissent, are no longer in the race and Patrick Boré is dubbed both by Renaud Muselier, the president of the Provence region -Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and by Martine Vassal, president of the department. “It fell on me, I accepted it”, he explains, while he appears already diminished by his fight against the disease. Elected on September 27, 2020, he asked to sit on the social affairs committee.

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The political career of this man with the discreet word was, until this date, limited to the borders of the department. Born on November 9, 1956 in Toulon (Var), Patrick Boré entered politics on the benches of the Marseille medical school, whose dean, at the time, was Maurice Toga, leader of the local RPR. In the classrooms as on the rugby fields, the young man rubs shoulders with Renaud Muselier, with whom he begins to campaign. “He was a gentle teddy bear in life and extremely ferocious in the field. Since then, we have never left each other ”, remembers the president of the regional council, who, in May, chose to present his lists to La Ciotat, to allow his friend to attend the event.

Four mandates at La Ciotat

In his town, where he runs a mutualist pharmacy, Patrick Boré presented himself for the municipal elections for the first time in 2001. La Ciotat, a working-class town marked by the fight for the survival of the shipyards, is historically communist. The RPR candidate tops the right-wing lists in the first round and succeeds, with the help of the departmental authorities, in federating the candidatures of the RPR and the UDF. In the second round, he beats the outgoing PCF mayor Rosy Sanna, a genuine political feat that positions him on the departmental chessboard. He will be re-elected mayor in 2008, 2014 as well as in June 2020 with 46.19% of the votes in a quadrangular in the second round.

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