Discreetly, Olivier Pernaut seemed devastated at Jean-Pierre Pernaut’s funeral. Together with his wife and their son, the eldest of the journalist paid him a final tribute.
A family united in pain† On Wednesday, March 9, all the relatives of Jean-Pierre Pernaut gathered at the Sainte-Clotilde Basilica in Paris to pay a final tribute to the journalist, who died on March 2 at the age of 71. In addition to his wife Nathalie Marquay, there were of course their two children, Lou and Tom. And their half-siblings were also present. Born from his relationship with his ex-wife Dominique Bonnet, Olivier and Julia honored the memory of their famous father. Supported by his wife, Jean-Pierre Pernaut’s eldest appeared in tears, devastated by the emotion and by the farewell to his father. With Catherine Dupraz and their son Léo, Olivier Pernaut praised the journalist’s memory.
Much more discreet than Lou and Tom, Olivier Pernaut had already made it a point to honor their famous father after his disappearance. On Instagram he had published a very intimate photo with Jean-Pierre Pernaut. The professional rally driver captioned the snap with two emojis, a misty-eyed face and a red heart, without elaborating. The face of TF1 was very close to his four children and had a special bond with his eldest, with whom he shared a passion for cars. “We both share a passion for car racing, we have been loyal to the Andros Trophy on ice for eleven years, entrusted the son of Jean-Pierre Pernaut to Paris Match. NOTour new hobby: piloting a drone, with which we make beautiful videos of the house.”
This passion is Jean-Pierre Pernaut who passed it on to his oldest. “When I was 14 I registered him with the TF1 Karting Club. Thanks to my job I was able to introduce him to a few F1 drivers and even take him to the Daytona track in Florida”he confided to Gala a few years ago. And he did well, as his son became a semi-professional driver, leading the Orhes Racing team.† This Wednesday, March 9, he found the rest of Jean-Pierre Pernaut’s family for an intimate and moving tribute attended by many personalities. All could say goodbye to the journalist who will have marked the history of television with the sound of Johnny Hallyday, to whom he joined.
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