Brigitte Macron assigned for the last farewell to Jean-Claude Gaudin in Marseille, Nicolas Sarkozy and Albert of Monaco present

Brigitte Macron assigned for the last farewell to Jean-Claude Gaudin in Marseille, Nicolas Sarkozy and Albert of Monaco present
Brigitte Macron assigned for the last farewell to Jean-Claude Gaudin in Marseille, Nicolas Sarkozy and Albert of Monaco present

It is always a painful but necessary moment for the loved ones of a deceased person. This Thursday, May 23, 2024, the funeral of Jean-Claude Gaudin took place, who was mayor of Marseille for twenty-five years, from 1995 to 2020. This essential figure died on May 20, at the age of 84. , in his second home in Var in Saint-Zacharie, following a heart attack. In order to pay him a final tribute, many personalities made the trip.

The funeral of Jean-Claude Gaudin took place this afternoon. The ceremony was chaired by Cardinal Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille. The mass began around 3:30 p.m. in the Major Cathedral, located not far from the Old Port, facing the sea. As revealed by our colleagues from BFMTV, the funeral was open to the public within the limit of 1,500 squares of the religious building. In addition, a giant screen was installed in front of the Major Cathedral.

Brigitte Macron without Emmanuel Macron, in New Caledonia

Many personalities made the trip to say goodbye to Jean-Claude Gaudin. Those close to the late mayor were able to count on the presence of Jean-Pierre Foucault, Nicolas Sarkozy the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, Prince Albert II of Monaco, François Bayrou, the Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu and Sabrina Agresti-Roubache, Secretary of State for the City. The current mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan, the president of the region Renaud Muselier, Jean-Pierre Papin, the president of OM Pablo Longoria, the president of the Métropole d’Aix-Marseille-Provence Martine Vassal and the president of the Senate Gérard Larcher also responded.

Just like Brigitte Macron. On the other hand, her husband Emmanuel Macron was unable to go there, because he is currently in New Caledonia. The President of the Republic, however, wrote a beautiful tribute which was read during the ceremony. “Marseille is just as he loved it, infinitely diverse and deeply united. The Major was necessary to pay homage to Jean-Claude Gaudin: a Marseille cathedral for a city monument“, he wrote.

The former mayor of Marseille buried in the same cemetery as Bernard Tapie

The procession left at the beginning of the afternoon from Mazargues, his native district located in the south of the city. “The hearse, filled with wreaths of flowers, and flanked by eight other cars, stopped for a few moments in front of the Mazargues church square as the bells tolled the death knell, before leaving to applause. He then made a brief stop in front of the city hall where, in the words of the current left-wing mayor Benoît Payan, he ‘dedicated himself’ to Marseille from 1995 to 2020“, specifies AFP. He then headed towards the Cathedral of the Major.

The ceremony was followed by a burial in the Mazargues cemetery, where ex-businessman Bernard Tapie, who died in 2021, rests.

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