hundreds of people are expected in this small village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais from 2:30 p.m.

hundreds of people are expected in this small village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais from 2:30 p.m.
hundreds of people are expected in this small village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais from 2:30 p.m.

“He was a wonderful man, I wanted to be there for his big departure”, the small village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais is preparing to celebrate the funeral of Bernard Pivot. The municipal team is organizing the arrival of hundreds of people.

The childhood village of Bernard Pivot is preparing to write the last chapter of the writer and journalist who died on May 6 at the age of 89. It has accompanied millions of viewers and remains popular in the hearts of many French people.

This morning in the streets of Quincié-en-Beaujolais, relatives from here and elsewhere testify:

“He was my childhood friend, he was more successful than me, but always remained a faithful friend. He came to the village, sat at the bistro without fuss, an exceptional type of simplicity,” said Jean, with tears in his eyes. eyes, born the same year as Bernard Pivot. A Parisian friend close to the publishing world tells a moving story

I was a fan from the start, even before I knew him, he always remained humble, he was great and I wanted to be there for his big departure.

The ceremony is open to the public, the municipal team, in coordination with the Prefecture, has been working tirelessly for several days to best anticipate the probable influx of hundreds of people. An important security system has been put in place. In this small village of 1,300 inhabitants, it was necessary to organize the arrival of vehicles, parking spaces, signage, around twenty gendarmes are expected on site. The town is expecting anonymous people and personalities from the world of culture, publishing, writers, politicians.

The service scheduled for 2:30 p.m. will not be filmed, but loudspeakers installed near the church will allow the crowd to watch the ceremony live.

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the grave of the Pivot family in the Quincié-en-Beaujolais cemetery

© FTV Valérie Benais

“I know that a place awaits me in the cemetery in the grave of my parents” said the presenter of Apostrophes who felt a carnal attachment to his childhood village.

The burial will take place in the strictest privacy in the village cemetery.

A reception open to all is planned in the town’s multipurpose room. “We will serve the Bernard Pivot vintage,” said Mayor Daniel Michaud. According to the cellar master of the Quincié-en-Beaujolais cooperative cellar, today Agamy (anagram of Gamay), the Beaujolais Villages cuvée in the name of the lover of words and dishes is in his image “In the elegance, pleasure and gluttony. And then, as tradition dictates, praline brioches will be brought by the family; the guilty pleasure of the creator of the man who loves food and words.

The day of homage closes the quotation marks on a page in the history of French cultural life.

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