“We were asked for this white march”

“We were asked for this white march”
“We were asked for this white march”

“This will be done in the same spirit as what I have been talking about from the beginning…” Namely reason, appeasement, and without any political recovery. The white march in memory of Matisse, which will take place on Saturday May 4, at 3:30 p.m., in the town center of Châteauroux, was decided by the family of the young man, who died on Saturday April 27, after receiving four stab wounds, Saint-Denis district.

“At the start, personally, a white march, I didn’t think about it, explains Christophe Marchais, Matisse’s father. It’s not a reflex that I had. But we were asked for it. Some of our loved ones, and especially Matisse’s friends. We listened to them, we heard their desires and we said to ourselves that it was more accessible for them than coming to the funeral… But as we also had, in this matter, a whole bunch of requests, a a little of everything and anything, we chose to organize it ourselves. Finally when I say we, it is our lawyer, who saw this with Châteauroux Métropole and the prefecture. The course ? We chose it based on Matou’s life, the places he was attached to…” This is how the procession will leave Place La Fayette, at 3:30 p.m., and will be held in the city center: “We will then return directly to Place La Fayette, where we will release a little balloons”.

Let people come in white, or pink, or whatever they want

Christophe Marchais, father of Matisse

Of course, there will be emotion, a lot, and people, a lot. Several thousand people are expected, and the demonstration will be secured by the national police, the municipal police, and a private security service, which will ensure that no one displays derogatory banners or displays inappropriate behavior. “For the rest, everyone does what they want. They say it’s a white march, but people come in white, or pink, or whatever they want. We had t-shirts made, with an otter’s head, but there won’t be one for everyone, that goes without saying! »

An otter… Like those displayed everywhere in the department in support of Matisse’s family, the latter having a real affection for this little animal. “It was one anecdote among others concerning him”, smiled his father. An anecdote like the one that was published in recent days on social networks: “Why did I call Matisse my Majuscule? In fact, wherever he went, whether it was school or sports, he was always the smallest! So as a joke, I called him my Minuscule. Recently, he had a nice growth spurt, and he became the tallest in the family! So he kindly asked me to no longer call him my Lowercase… but my Uppercase. What I happened to do, sometimes, even though he was my Cat all the time…” A little guy full of humor and joie de vivre, who everyone will think of this Saturday. In white, pink, or otter.

Christophe Gervais

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