LIVE – Funeral of Jean-Pierre Pernaut: a ceremony takes place in the Basilica of Ste Clotilde

The coffin arrives, with applause

The coffin of Jean-Pierre Pernaut enters the basilica to applause. His wife Nathalie Marquay-Pernaut and their children take turns entering.

Two large portraits of Jean-Pierre Pernaut, smiling, frame the door of the basilica.

“He was an extraordinary journalist”

“Jean-Pierre Pernaut was an extraordinary journalist, a dear friend and a great guy,” Gilles Bouleau launched into the BFMTV microphone, emphasizing that “he remained a craftsman until the end, a humble man, funny, quirky and infinitely serious as it was about writing his diary.

“He Loved the Audience”

Cyril Hanouna, also participates in this tribute. The presenter, who had recently hosted Jean-Pierre Pernaut on his set to discuss his fight against cancer and raise public awareness, spoke of his emotion into the microphone of BFMTV.

“For me he is not gone, he will always be there. He is one of the men who has helped me the most in the profession,” he underlined.

“He loved the audience and he was close to the audience. He was a star without being one. He wasn’t closed off.”

Brigitte Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy arrive in Ste Clotilde

Brigitte Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy are also among the personalities who came to pay tribute to Jean-Pierre Pernaut.

Brigitte Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni at the funeral of Jean-Pierre Pernaut, March 9, 2022. © BFMTV

Many political figures have greeted the former presenter like this, from Emmanuel Macron to Marine Le Pen, via Eric Zemmour, Yannick Jadot, Anne Hidalgo.

We also saw at the funeral of Jean-Pierre Pernaut, Valérie Pécresse, Rachida Dati, Christian Estrosi.

The “TF1 Family” Reunited

Many personalities of the TF1 group, old colleagues of Jean-Pierre Pernaut are present this Wednesday.

Nathalie Marquay-Pernaut spoke on March 4 in a series of broadcasts at 8 p.m. on TF1, the journalist’s attachment to his channel and his profession.

“He wasn’t retired after all. He was a workaholic. He always worried about the TF1 family, he always wanted it done right,” she testified, adding that she’d had all the trouble in the world to keep him to retire.

Jean-Pierre Pernaut handed over in December 2020, after 33 years at the helm from 1 pm. His last JT was followed by 8 million viewers, a sign of popularity that is still at the top.

Many personalities will attend the funeral

Michel Drucker, Karine Le Marchand, Evelyne Dhéliat, David Douillet arrive at the Basilica of Ste-Clotilde to pay a final tribute to their friend Jean-Pierre Pernaut.

Laurence Ferrari, Sylvie Tellier, Denis Brogniart and Gilles Bouleau were also spotted.

many tributes

As soon as Jean-Pierre Pernaut’s death was announced, the tributes multiplied. From his fellow journalists, from Claire Chazal to Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, but also in the political class.

One of the last star presenters of the JT

Jean-Pierre Pernaut will remain the one who popularized the regional information on TF1. Arriving at the helm of 13H in 1988, after Yves Mourousi, he propelled the JT of the first channel to the top of the audience, regularly exceeding 40% of the viewership.

In 33 years of newspaper, Jean-Pierre Pernaut becomes a reassuring anchor for many French, who emphasizes in his newspaper the small villages, the local initiatives and the old crafts.

“He loved this France very much from the terroirs he knew, he loved the ancestral know-how, craftsmanship, history and geography of our country,” commented on March 2 on BFMTV, Claire Chazal, who worked with him for a long time . time.

At 11:00 a religious ceremony.

The funeral of Jean-Pierre Pernaut, who succumbed to lung cancer on March 2 at the age of 71, will take place this Wednesday in Paris.

A religious ceremony is to be held from 11am at the Sainte-Clotilde Basilica in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

The funeral will take place in strict privacy.