Cantal. Nicolas Sarkozy in Aurillac: “Georges Pompidou, I admire him and I love him”


Marie Boudon

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May 24, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.

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“I am very happy to be among you. You are lucky to have known President Georges Pompidou from his roots and celebrating him is to your credit. This is how former President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy began his closing speech in front of a crowded Congress center this Friday, May 24, 2024.

Nicolas Sarkozy alongside Bruno Faure, president of the Departmental Council. ©Marie Boudon

Pompidou, a sentimental incarnation

“What has always upset me about Pompidou is the incarnation that he was able to give to the Presidency of the Republic. I have known many presidents, I learned from meeting Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Chirac, Emmanuel Macron, François Mitterrand, but in my presidency, I was inspired by the sentimental incarnation of Georges Pompidou.

A packed room to listen to the closing speech in tribute to former President Georges Pompidou. ©Marie Boudon

Demonstrate humanity and sensitivity

“What I liked about Pompidou is his strength in agreeing to show how he suffers. In his popularity today there is much of his ability to embody a presidency of the human republic. His wife was the heart of his life. And I liked this way of being. I always told myself that the most important thing is to be true. I think this is the first lesson to learn from Georges Pompidou.

The former president, leaving the Congress hall, tasting a Cantal offered by the CIF.
The former president, leaving the Congress hall, tasting a Cantal offered by the CIF. ©Marie Boudon

The modernity of the Cantal president

“Georges Pompidou was the epitome of a politician. He transformed national contradictions into energy. Politics is not “listening”, it is interpreting. Georges Pompidou was both a modern and a conservative. Open to the world and perfectly committed to defending a French identity. Beaubourg was him. But it was also he who thought that Chaban Delmas was wrong about the new society, because for him there was only one society! Imagine the political force it took.”

Nicolas Sarkozy, Bruno Faure and Louis Giscard d'Estaing in Aurillac.
Nicolas Sarkozy, Bruno Faure and Louis Giscard d’Estaing in Aurillac. ©Marie Boudon

Pompidou knew how to endure, endure and embody

“Politics is first and foremost a question of incarnation. Give me Van Gogh’s brushes, tubes of colors and canvases, I’m not sure I’ll do Van Gogh. You can have the most beautiful ideas, the most beautiful program, if they are not embodied, they are worthless. You embody or you don’t embody. And I will even go further: President of the Republic, that cannot be taught. We are or we are not…”.

I like his relationship, I like that he had the idea of ​​arriving in a Porsche at Matignon, I like that he assumed he loved Saint-Tropez and Montboudif

Nicolas Sarkozy

“He embodied modernity, it was undoubtedly the last era where it was possible to have a vision and where beauty, under the pretext that it is subjective, existed despite everything. And when I wanted Greater Paris, I was inspired by what Pompidou had done in Beaubourg, a desire to impose an architectural gesture in a Parisian region blocked by the rules.

Nicolas Sarkozy with Laurent Marleix, president of LR.
Nicolas Sarkozy with Laurent Marleix, president of LR. ©Marie Boudon

Georges Pompidou is the incarnation of another era. He was a cold political monster while remaining a human being, that’s the miracle of Pompidou, that’s perhaps the miracle of Cantal.

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