The Tragic Death of Gérard Leclerc
On August 15th last year, 71-year-old journalist and political editorialist Gérard Leclerc died in a plane crash while piloting a recreational aircraft with two friends, including Michèle Monory. He was supposed to land in La Baule, where his brother Julien Clerc was performing a concert on August 17th, the last of his tour. It was Paul Melun, a friend of the singer, who went to the tarmac to welcome them. But he began to worry when he noticed that the husband of Julie, the historic voice of Europe 1 for nearly fifty years and Chantal Séloron in the city, was still not there. His arrival was scheduled for noon. “The hours passed, the worry turned to sadness,” writes the magazine, before adding: “It wasn’t until 7pm that the debris of the white and red Robin DR400 belonging to the Loudun aero club were found in the Loire. Then Julien took his responsibilities.”
Julien Clerc’s Responsibilities
We then learn that it was Julien Clerc who was responsible for informing his sisters, nephews and nieces of the terrible tragedy that had just occurred. But the interpreter of Des Fleurs des gares did not stop there. “He, the discreet one, touched right in the heart, did not want to let himself be overcome by pain or sadness,” writes the magazine, before explaining why he kept his performance in La Baule. “I sang in La Baule for him, to tell him that I love him, that I have loved him all my life. I think that’s what he would have wanted,” said Julien Clerc.
Funeral of the Journalist
As a reminder, according to the information from La Nouvelle République which published the death notice, the funeral of the journalist will take place this Thursday, August 24th at 4pm, at the cemetery of Trois-Moutiers near Loudun. “He resided in this Vienne commune of which his father had long been the mayor and where he had himself sat on the municipal council,” the daily newspaper specifies. The opportunity for Julien Clerc to say a last “goodbye” to him…