Giscard d'Estaing buried in the strictest privacy in Authon

Authon (France) (AFP) - The funeral of former President of the Republic Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who died on Wednesday at the age of 94 from Covid-19, took place on Saturday in the strictest privacy in the small Authon village (Loir-et-Cher), noted an AFP journalist.

In the cold and humidity of a Saturday morning in December, the funeral convoy, accompanied by two vehicles of the gendarmerie, arrived at 10:30 am on the small square, between the town hall and the village church.

In a silence barely disturbed by the church bell and the clicking of cameras, the coffin covered by two flags, one French, the other European, at the request of the former president, was transported to the church.

Forty people, family and close circle, then attended the ceremony.A reduced tonnage imposed by health measures but which corresponds to the "wish and will" of privacy of the former president, as the 'confided his son Henri Giscard d'Estaing on Friday.

Always according to the wish of "VGE": the music was "part of the ceremony to accompany the flight of the soul", it is specified on a document distributed Saturday on the spot to the press.

Three renowned musicians were brought together for the occasion: soprano Karine Deshayes with Roland Pidoux on cello and Alexandre Kantorow on piano.They performed six pieces, starting with Chopin's sonata n ° 3, slow movement and ending with The Song of the Departure, "a piece that he liked very much" did not entrust the singer at the end of the ceremony.

The mass was celebrated by the bishop of Blois, Mgr Jean-Pierre Batut, and Mgr Jean-Michel Di Falco-Leandri, while the homily was delivered by Don Stéphane, of the parish of Montoire, it is specified in the document.

Posted Date: 2021-01-02

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