The former mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb, 75, announced on Twitter on Friday that he had stomach cancer. The former interior minister said he learned the news on Monday and was ready to “fight against the disease with the same energy” as that “put to the service of Lyon”.
The former mayor of Lyon and Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb, 75, announced on Twitter on Friday that he had stomach cancer. “I will fight against the disease with the same energy that I had put at the service of Lyon, of our metropolis when I exercised the functions of mayor and president”, he affirmed, specifying having learned the news. Monday.
Last Monday I learned that I had stomach cancer. I will fight against the disease with the same energy that I had put at the service of Lyon, of our Metropolis when I exercised the functions of Mayor and President.
— Gerard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) September 16, 2022
Gérard Collomb is inseparable from the city of Lyon, of which he was mayor from 2001 to 2017 and from 2018 to 2020 after having been a municipal councilor there between 1977 and 1995. From the Socialist Party, which he left to join LREM and support Emmanuel Macron before the 2017 presidential election, he only left his city for a year and a half at the Ministry of the Interior (May 2017-Oct 2018).
Still very active on the local political scene
Since the sensational announcement of his departure from the government, his relations with the president had become tense and then frankly deteriorated, in particular in 2020 when LREM withdrew his nomination from candidate Collomb in the municipal elections, the latter having allied himself with the right between the two towers.
But last March at the Elysée, the two men seemed to have put aside their respective resentments during a very fraternal ceremony to award the Legion of Honor to the former minister. Since his failure in the municipal elections in June 2020 against the ecologist Grégory Doucet, Gérard Collomb has remained very active on the local political scene. He is still an advisor to the town hall and to the metropolis.
Gérard Collomb was also a deputy (1981-1988), senator (1999-2017) and president of the metropolis from 2015 to 2017.