He defended rurality for nearly thirty years. Vanik Berbérian, former president of the Association of Rural Mayors of France (AMRF), died of cancer at the age of 65, Monday March 8. The one who was marea of the town of Gargilesse-Dampierre (Indre) since 1989 will also have been “inspirer” the rural agenda and the great debate to get out of the “yellow vests” crisis.
Vanik is gone
We learn with infinite sadness the disappearance of Vanik Berberian, mayor of Gargilesse-Dampierre, vice-president of the AMRF of France and president of the rural mayors of Indre. We send our most sincere condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/yaer2WjXlj
– AMRF (@Maires_Ruraux) March 9, 2021
“The mayors lose a friend and a national and endearing personality. They feel orphaned tonight, said Michel Fournier, who succeeded him last year at the head of the Association of rural mayors. In love with our countryside, which he traveled with a benevolent and complicit gaze, he left an imprint on the positive development of rurality thanks to his strength of conviction and the determining role he had in the emergence of a Rural agenda “.
Jean Castex, praised a politician who “passionately loved France and its territories”. “Its fight for rurality and for its inhabitants will remain an example and a model of commitment”, added the head of government. President Emmanuel Macron, who had met Vanik Berbérian on numerous occasions, presented him with the insignia of knight of the Legion of Honor in November 2019.
The mayor played a leading role in the creation of the“rural agenda” presented by the former Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in September 2019, comprising 173 measures aimed at “give back choices, freedom, services to residents”.
François Baroin, the president (LR) of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), also praised the memory of a “committed and passionate player in the service of rural communities”. For the Secretary of State for Rurality, Joël Giraud, “The Republic loses an exceptional mayor. Our best tribute will be to give life and body to his message for rural areas”.
“Yanik Berbérian, enthusiastic president of rural mayors, left after a long fight, reacted the centrist leader François Bayrou on Twitter. I think of him, so committed, so faithful and malicious, I think of his family, of his companions. With gratitude. “
Vanick Berbérian, enthusiastic president of rural mayors, left after a long fight. I think of him, so committed, so faithful and malicious, I think of his family, of his companions. With gratitude.
– François Bayrou (@bayrou) March 9, 2021
For his part, the Minister of Relations with Parliament, Marc Fesneau, welcomed “her determined fights for a rurality proud of herself or for her second country, Armenia”, also on Twitter. At the National Assembly, MP Elodie Jacquier Laforge greeted from the rostrum “the inspiration for the Great National Debate and the Rural Agenda”, “a passionate person, a defender of positive rurality”.