Tribute to Gisèle Halimi: the family fears a renunciation of Emmanuel Macron

The promise was made in a tweet on August 23. ” To “fierce freedom ”, she used it to free the others. Through her struggles for equality, Gisèle Halimi changed and still changes the lives of millions of women. In agreement with his family, the Nation will pay homage to him at the beginning of 2022 at the Invalides ”, Emmanuel Macron wrote that day on his Twitter account. The message testified to a form of eagerness, the day after the announcement of Josephine Baker’s entry into the Pantheon. What about Gisèle Halimi, who died on July 28, 2020, then inquired about the family and admirers of the former lawyer, activist for women’s rights and the struggle for Algerian independence?

The tribute, originally scheduled for September 3, 2020, could not be held because the Head of State had gone to Lebanon to try to get out of the crisis a country hit by the explosion in the port of Beirut. His tweet was worth reassurance. But since then, the silence weighs again. Against the backdrop of a memorial competition linked to the Algerian war.

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Lawyer Jean-Yves Halimi, the eldest of Gisèle Halimi’s three boys, confides in World son ” worry “. No date of the ceremony was communicated to him by the Elysee. Worse, the Presidency of the Republic no longer even responds to his messages; neither Emmanuel Macron’s “memory” adviser, Bruno Roger-Petit, than his chief of staff, Patrick Strzoda. Two men with whom he had nevertheless exchanged for a year and a half.

The first had proposed that the event coincide with Women’s Rights Day, March 8, 2022: too close to the presidential election, April 10 and 24, replied Jean-Yves Halimi. “You need a moment that is as neutral as possible, estimates the latter. I suggested to Bruno Roger-Petit to organize this rather at the beginning of January, before the electoral campaign is in full swing. He said “it’s okay” to me. “ The discussion dates back to the end of August. Since then, no more news.

“A renunciation not assumed”

A fog has settled around the presidential promise. ” We are working on it “, swears an adviser to the Head of State, without further details. “Project in progress and in discussion with the family”, says another. Jean-Yves Halimi, however, receives no response. “I do not exclude that there is no ceremony, he breathes. At least I expected that the principle would be confirmed to me. They may have decided not to do anything, and to say nothing about it. “

The lawyer William Bourdon, who plans to launch with his colleague, Jean-Pierre Mignard, a support committee for the pantheonization of Gisèle Halimi, is for his part more direct. “The situation presents all the appearances of an unfulfilled renunciation of a public commitment”, he regrets. The tributes paid during the five-year term to the founder of New Observer Jean Daniel, the writer and academician Jean d’Ormesson, or even the actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, all organized in the courtyard of the Invalides, were each held a few days after the disappearance of these personalities.

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Tribute to Gisèle Halimi: the family fears a renunciation of Emmanuel Macron

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