Death of Bernard Tapie: a fiery chapel at the Vélodrome stadium on Thursday, October 7

In front of the Velodrome, OM supporters paid tribute to Bernard Tapie, former president of the club. (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

DEATH – Mass for the funeral of Bernard Tapie, who died of cancer on Sunday at his home in Paris, will be celebrated on Friday October 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Marseille, at the Major, the Sainte Marie-Majeure cathedral, we learned on Sunday 3 October in the evening with the diocese of Marseille and the wife of the ex-businessman.

The ceremony will be chaired by the Archbishop of Marseille, Mgr Jean-Marc Aveline, the diocese told AFP.

The former businessman, president of Olympique de Marseille in 1993 when the Olympian club won the first and for the moment only French Football Champions League, will then be buried in the Mazargues cemetery, in the southern districts of Marseille (9th arrondissement), as unveiled by President Macron in a letter to the Marseillais on Sunday evening.

“From the cemetery of Mazargues, which he will join for his last rest, he will continue, I am sure, to watch over this city about which we have spoken so much together and for which he cultivated until the end a passion without terminals ”, explains the President of the Republic in this letter published on his website by the regional daily Provence, of which Bernard Tapie was the majority shareholder.

“Something cheerful, cheerful, but worthy”

On the eve of the funeral, the Marseillais will be able to come Thursday to the Vélodrome stadium, the cradle of OM’s exploits, to greet one last time the one they called “the boss”. Dominique Tapie has indeed confirmed to AFP the holding of a fiery chapel at the Vélodrome, the day after a first mass in tribute to her husband on Wednesday in Paris.

“The family wanted Bernard Tapie to enter the Vélodrome stadium one last time,” explained Benoît Payan, the socialist mayor of Marseile, on Sunday, to AFP, announcing the first this fiery chapel.

Renaud Muselier, president of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur specified on RMC this Monday, October 4 that the municipality and the region were working “with the family for the establishment until the burial on Friday.” “We stick to the family to make it something cheerful, happy, but dignified, as he wanted. He was forcing respect for his illness, ”he said.

See also on Then24: The 5 lives of Bernard Tapie, the tireless jack-of-all-trades swept away by cancer

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