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Patrick Devedjian (born on 26 August 1944 in Fontainebleau) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party. A close adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy since the 1990s, he has been Minister under the Prime Minister in charge of the Implementation of the Recovery Plan, a special ministerial post created for two years after the global financial crisis of 2008, since December 2008.

As a student at the University of Paris II, he was a member of the far-right group Occident. He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1970. He became a militant in the Gaullist movement in 1971 and took part in the foundation of the Rally for the Republic (RPR) party in 1976.

In 1983, Devedjian was elected Mayor of Antony, a position he would hold until 2002 with re-elections in 1989, 1995 and 2001. In 1986, he also became a Deputy in the National Assembly from the Hauts-de-Seine department and was re-elected four times in 1988, 1993, 1997 and 2002. He was member of the Assembly Committee on Finance, and was rapporteur of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Committee.

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