Macron, Borne, Philippe, Wauquiez… present for a last tribute

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Macron, Borne, Philippe, Wauquiez… present for a last tribute

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Elected officials, personalities and anonymous people will pay a final tribute to the former mayor of Lyon and former Minister of the Interior on Wednesday during his funeral.

Elected officials, personalities and anonymous people will pay a final tribute on Wednesday to the former mayor of Lyon and former Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb, during a funeral at Saint-Jean Cathedral, in the historic heart of the city that he long embodied. .

The celebration, chaired by the Archbishop of Lyon Mgr Olivier de Germay, will be held from 11 a.m. in the presence of Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. The head of state, to whom the Lyon baron had provided decisive support during the 2017 presidential election, will have to speak during the ceremony, as will his former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and academician Marc Lambron.

In accordance with the wishes expressed during his lifetime, a large part of the places within the cathedral will be reserved for Lyonnais. A giant screen will also broadcast the ceremony live on the square in front of the primatial. Suffering from stomach cancer, Gérard Collomb died Saturday evening at the age of 76.

Emmanuel Macron, who offered him Place Beauvau just after his election, was one of the first to greet a mayor with “exceptional talents of dialogue and imagination» which was also, according to him, a “statesman embodying republican ascension and authority“. Since then, from the Senate to the OL stadium, the tributes have continued to flow. “ Tireless servant of the State, republican, companion of the President’s beginnings: Gérard Collomb served the French all his life», underlined Ms Borne.

“ We will miss his lucid vision of the ills of our society.», added the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez, announced during the funeral, like former president François Hollande and many local elected officials.

“Indelible imprint”

Born on June 20, 1947 in Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire) to a metallurgist father and a housekeeper mother, this socialist activist who joined En Marche from the start has remained one of the men emblematic policies. figures of the capital of Gaul, of which he was mayor from 2001 to 2017 then from 2018 to 2020.

Gérard Collomb «left his indelible mark on our city, working for twenty years on its development», in the words of environmentalist mayor Grégory Doucet. From Monday, a regular flow of visitors came to pay their respects in front of the coffin of the former councilor, exhibited at the Town Hall, where the flags had been lowered to half-mast. Grateful Lyonnais paraded without flowers, as the family had requested, before recording their memories of this “ mayor builder ” And ” visionary» in a register of condolences.

Elected at the head of Lyon in 2001 with the support of Raymond Barre after two unsuccessful attempts which had left him on the benches of the municipal opposition, he left his post in 2017 to become Minister of the Interior in the government of Édouard Philippe. Weakened politically by the Benalla affair,”difficult to live» according to him, this “faithful among the faithful» had resigned with a bang in October 2018 to resume his functions in Lyon which he had handed over to two of his lieutenants. Deprived of the inauguration of the Republic in March, he failed to reconquer the metropolis in 2020, beaten by the Greens.

He had disappeared from the local political scene since he himself announced his cancer on social networks on September 16, 2022.

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