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.
About forty people, family and close circle, then attended the ceremony. A reduced tonnage imposed by sanitary measures but which corresponds to the “wish and at will”privacy of the former president, as his son Henri Giscard d’Estaing confided on Friday.
Always according to the wish of “VGE”: the music made “part of the ceremony to accompany the flight of the soul”.
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 Le Chant du Départ, “a piece he really liked”, confided the singer at the end of the ceremony.
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, from the parish of Montoire.
At the end of the ceremony, which lasted two hours, the funeral procession led by the clergymen crossed the village square for a hundred meters to reach the private vault of the Giscard d’Estaing family.
A man then went out into his garden to greet the procession. A dozen other people, kept away by security barriers, had made the trip to pay tribute to the former head of state.
On the plot next to the town hall, the family was then able to pay a last tribute before the coffin was brought to the ground.
The former president was buried there next to his daughter Jacinte, who died in 2018.
The French will be able to come and meditate there from 9 a.m. on Sunday, said the mayor of Authon Marie-José Cintrat, the only elected official present at the ceremony.
During an address to the French on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron decreed a day of national mourning on Wednesday in tribute to this “central figure in the history of our Republic”.