Jacques Simonet

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Jacques Simonet
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Minister-President of Brussels
In office
18 February 2004 – 19 July 2004
Preceded by Daniel Ducarme
Succeeded by Charles Picqué
In office
15 July 1999 – 18 October 2000
Preceded by Charles Picqué
Succeeded by François-Xavier de Donnea
Personal details
Born (1963-12-21)21 December 1963
Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium
Died 14 June 2007(2007-06-14) (aged 43)
Anderlecht, Belgium
Political party Reformist Movement
Alma mater Free University of Brussels, French
Website Official website

Jacques Simonet (21 December 1963 – 14 June 2007[1]) was a Belgian politician and a former Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.


He is the son of Henri Simonet, former Socialist Party minister and for many years mayor of Anderlecht. His mother Marie-Louise Angenet taught at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

He was born in Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium. He studied law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He married Véronica Labe, a notary, in 1988; they had two children. He entered politics as a student activist in the Fédération des étudiants libéraux, a right-wing party and later became a member of the Reformist Movement (MR).

Simonet served as mayor of Anderlecht from 2000 until his death and as Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region from 15 July 1999 to 18 October 2000. He served as state secretary for European Affairs of Belgium from 12 July 2003 until 12 February 2004 when he became Minister-President of Brussels for the second time on the resignation of Daniel Ducarme following revelations of Ducarme's unpaid taxes in the newspaper L'Avenir . He led the MR list in the elections of June 2004, losing to the Socialists led by former Minister-President Charles Picqué and gave up the minister-presidency a month later.

Simonet was hospitalised on 9 September 2006 as the result of a pulmonary embolism.[2] In the elections which followed on 8 October 2006 he was re-elected as mayor of Anderlecht with 8500 preference votes. On 14 June 2007 he suddenly died of a heart attack aged only 43.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Gemeente Anderlecht opent rouwregister voor Simonet" (in Dutch). DeMorgen.be. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Jacques Simonet hospitalisé à la suite d'une embolie pulmonaire" (in French). 7SUR7.be. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Jacques Simonet plots overleden" (in Dutch). Vrtnieuws.net. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Décès de Jacques Simonet" (in French). RTBF.be. Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Jacques Simonet nous a quittés à l'âge de 43 ans" (in French). MR-BXL.be. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Jacques Simonet est mort" (in French). LaLibre.be. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 


Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Picqué
Minister-President of Brussels
Succeeded by
François-Xavier de Donnea
Preceded by
Daniel Ducarme
Minister-President of Brussels
Succeeded by
Charles Picqué