The funeral of Edmonde Charles-Roux were held in the cathedral La Major of Marseille on Saturday. The Economy Minister Michel Sapin, the LR Mayor of Marseille Jean-Claude Gaudin, the former minister Chevènement and the writer Regis Debray. “It was a free woman who has used his freedom”, welcomed in the Chevènement ceremony, Jean-Claude Gaudin making for its part homage to “a rebel, a rebellious, a born conformist.”
“This is something of a time (…), something rare and symbolic that moves away from us,” Regis Debray judged, who had sat with Edmonde Charles-Roux within the Goncourt Academy. “Being both director of Vogue and corporal in the Foreign Legion, is a rare short circuit,” as he was amused, in a cathedral far from full to the funeral of the woman who was also the wife of Defferre, Mayor of Marseille for 33 years.
Soldiers of the Foreign Legion paid tribute to the exit Cathedral to that which was originally committed during World War II in one of his units to the sound of the ringing of the dead and the official march of the Legion before his coffin covered with a tricolor flag. Furthermore MM. Chevènement, Gaudin and Debray, CEO of Grasset Olivier Nora, the poet Jean Ristat and nephew and godson of the novelist and journalist spoke during the ceremony to honor him.
The former minister and president of Olympique de Marseille Bernard Tapie, former President of the General Council Jean-Noel Guerini and former Socialist president of the PACA region Michel Vauzelle also attended the funeral. After this ceremony, the former president of the Académie Goncourt was to be buried in the cemetery Saint-Pierre in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille, alongside her husband died in May 1986. Weakened since December, Edmonde Charles-Roux has off Wednesday night in a convalescent home, near Marseille.