Bernard Tapie died on Sunday, swept away by cancer at the age of 78. A news that mourns the city of Marseille, which “the boss” has chosen as his final home. Tributes have multiplied there since then.
Bernard Tapie is dead, and for the city of Marseille – as for the sympathizers of loon – this is a real shock. President of the Ciel et Blanc club from April 1986 to December 1994, the one the Marseillais affectionately nicknamed “the boss” will forever be associated with the finest hours of Olympian glory, with the European coronation of 1993 as a culmination. symbol, the Parisian by birth, who died at the age of 78 in the very heart of the capital, had chosen the city of Marseille for his eternal rest.
« 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 boundless passion. “, Wrote the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron on Sunday evening. It is therefore in the ninth arrondissement of Marseille, not far from the Stade Vélodrome (less than 3 km), that Bernard Tapie will be buried on Friday, after a ceremony scheduled at 11 am in the cathedral of La Major.
“His name on the pediment of the Vélodrome”
From Monday, the doors of the Vélodrome were opened to the many Marseillais wishing to access a guest book dedicated to the businessman – the walls of Boulevard Michelet will also host a fiery chapel on Thursday, the day after a first Mass organized in Paris, around 11 a.m., in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. The focal point of the present and future tributes to the “boss”, the Velodrome stadium will perhaps become over time a veritable temple dedicated to the memory of the former boss.
The Bernard-Tapie stadium could thus soon host the Olympians’ domestic matches. This while the town hall of Marseille ensures that an emblematic place of the city will soon be renamed in honor of the deceased. Some supporters of the club are already campaigning in this direction, such as the LR president of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, Martine Vassal, who this Monday on Public Senate blew: ” I have called for there to be a very special ceremony in the coming weeks in memory of Bernard Tapie, and, with a little hope, I hope his name will be on the pediment of the Stade Vélodrome. »