Almost four weeks ago, on December 3, the Frenchman himself announced through his Twitter channel that he had become infected with the corona virus. “It’s about time,” he wrote. The Frenchman often expressed himself critically about the effect of the corona vaccines. It is unclear whether he was vaccinated himself.
Due to the corona infection, the Frenchman ended up in the OLVG–hospital in Amsterdam, where he died yesterday from the consequences of his infection.
At the beginning of this year, the Frenchman frequently made the news with the recovery plan. He wanted ‘to make it clear to everyone that the Netherlands must open in order to stop the ever increasing damage to society’. According to the Frenchman, the damage from the corona crisis was distributed very unevenly. That is why, according to the plan, vulnerable people had to work from home or go on sick leave. Safe zones and time slots could then be set up for them. Outside those safe zones, non-vulnerables were able to move normally again, and everything could open again.
Minister Hugo de Jonge called the plan ‘life-threatening’ and the Frenchman came in for a lot of criticism. Still, he persisted and started another campaign with the recovery plan later this year.
In addition to his chairmanship at Herstel-NL, Fransman was also a renowned economist. He wrote many stories in the economist magazine ESB. Editor-in-chief Jasper Lukkezen writes that he is silent about the death of the Frenchman. “A very creative and passionate economist will pass away with Robin Fransman.”
Several (former) colleagues have now reacted with shock to the death. For example, De Argumentenfabriek, where the Frenchman was head of the Financial Sector for more than six years, writes that they are shocked and saddened by the death of their ‘unique, creative, smart, sweet and passionate former colleague’.
Fransman also frequently joined RTLZ financial-economic programs. Hella Hueck, former RTLZ presenter and now journalist for the FD, writes: “I will remember Robin Fransman as a very intelligent, sweet, original man, very involved in society. Robin thought it was important to make complex economic developments accessible to everyone. and had an eye for the growing inequality in our country.”
Chief economist at Triodos Bank, Kees Vendrik, says he will miss the unique voice of the Frenchman. “Our hearts are sinking. For more than ten years, Robin, a gentle man and a razor-sharp economist, participated with dedication in our discussions about the major issues of our time. Liberal, progressive and radical.”