the Lyonnais begin to gather at Saint-Jean Cathedral

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the Lyonnais begin to gather at Saint-Jean Cathedral

9:47 a.m.

“We don’t find many mayors like these”

Many Lyonnais are already gathered in front of Saint-Jean de Lyon Cathedral.

9:32 a.m.

The Lyonnais already present at the cathedral

Many Lyonnais begin to queue to enter Saint-Jean Cathedral to attend the funeral.

Some guests, like Alexandre Vincendet or David Kimelfeld, have also arrived at the scene of the last tribute to Gérard Collomb which will begin at 11 a.m.

8:54 a.m.

1,500 seats in Saint-Jean Cathedral

The religious building in Vieux-Lyon can accommodate 1,500 people for the ceremony. Part of the assembled public will be made up of local or national political figures.

On the other hand, the majority of places will be reserved for Lyonnais wishing to attend the ceremony, as the former mayor of Lyon himself had wished.

For Lyonnais who cannot enter the cathedral, a giant screen has been installed on the square.

8:44 a.m.

How will the funeral of Gérard Collomb take place?

From 11 a.m., the funeral of Gérard Collomb will begin from the Saint-Jean cathedral in Vieux Lyon.

The President of the Republic, present in Lyon as well as his former Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, will speak during the ceremony.

A simple blessing and testimonies from relatives and members of Gérard Collomb’s family will also punctuate the burial until 1 p.m.

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8:12 a.m.

When Gérard Collomb sang La Java de Broadway for charity

The politician, the epicurean, the sportsman, the “transformer”, the friend… and the singer. In November 2004, Gérard Collomb recorded an album of covers with several other Lyon personalities for the benefit of a charity.

If only 300 editions of these CDs had been distributed at the time, BFM Lyon managed to find one. The former mayor of Lyon performs Java from Broadway, by Michel Sardou.

7:10 a.m.

Grégory Doucet pays tribute to Gérard Collomb, a “transformative” mayor

The current mayor of Lyon paid tribute to his predecessor by saluting a man who “will have forever marked the history of Lyon”.

After the announcement of the death of Gérard Collomb on Saturday evening, Grégory Doucet sent his “most moved thoughts to his family” on his X account, declaring that Gérard Collomb had been a “transformative and humanist mayor”.

7:00 a.m.

The ceremony celebrated by the Archbishop of Lyon

Mgr de Germay will celebrate the ceremony in Saint-Jean Cathedral, where large funerals of Lyon personalities took place. The funeral ceremony of Paul Bocuse was notably organized there in 2018.

A giant screen will also be installed in front of the cathedral to allow Lyon residents to follow the ceremony.

The former mayor of Lyon will then be buried in the Loyasse cemetery, where one of his predecessors, Édouard Herriot, also rests.

6:55 a.m.

Emmanuel Macron expected at the funeral

The President of the Republic will go to Saint-Jean Cathedral, in Old Lyon, for the ceremony.

In a press release sent on Saturday evening by the Élysée, Emmanuel Macron saluted “with pain the memory of a dear friend, of a mayor who devoted his exceptional talents of dialogue and imagination to building a city in his image, of a statesman who embodied republican ascension and authority.

Gérard Collomb had been Emmanuel Macron’s first Minister of the Interior and remained in this position for a little over a year, between May 2017 and October 2018.

6:50 a.m.

A final tribute to Gérard Collomb

Hello everyone and welcome to this live broadcast dedicated to the funeral of Gérard Collomb.

The former mayor of Lyon died on Saturday from stomach cancer. His funeral takes place this morning at Saint-Jean Cathedral, in Vieux-Lyon.

Many political figures, including the President and the Prime Minister, are expected at the ceremony. Since Monday, the coffin of the former mayor of Lyon has been installed at the town hall to allow the people of Lyon to pay their respects.

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