Obituary. Pierre Bardet, the director of Vitrines de Strasbourg, died

Having been sick for a year, Pierre Bardet wanted to attend the summer sale, on July 30 in Strasbourg. An ardent defender of merchants, the master of ceremonies for the Christmas lights, who hails from Bordeaux, has left a significant mark on the charm of his adopted city over the past two decades.

The hyperactive Pierre Bardet is a key figure in the commercial animation of the City of Strasbourg. Admired, sometimes also envied, because of his work, the young septuagenarian does not leave anyone indifferent: he is a tireless defender of the lights and brightness of his beloved city.

A powerful association with 700 members

A professional decorator in Robertsau, Pierre Bardet rose through the ranks of commercial association life in Strasbourg. And this, by becoming the first president of the association of merchants in his district, before taking the presidency of Vitrines de Strasbourg. He became the general manager of this powerful association which claimed some 700 members – undoubtedly the largest in France. He defended their interests to the end, under different cities.

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He is the origin of many events that focus on the seasons in the city center of Strasbourg: the big summer sale or the Harvest Festival. But his greatest pride is imagining the light decorations put up for “Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas”. He has a large address book that enables him to act as master of ceremonies and launch festivals with famous stars – such as his friend, the Strasbourg resident Matt Pokora – which brings together more than tens of thousands of people around the Place Kléber.

“Pierre Bardet has love for Strasbourg”

The announcement of Pierre Bardet’s death provoked many reactions. The mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, paid tribute to him in a press release this Saturday morning: “He moves our streets, our shops, he enlivens our city center, tirelessly and all the time! During one of our last exchanges, when he presented me with his new items for Christmas lights, his eyes shone with desire and joy, imagining the thousands of amazed eyes that would soon be will land on the streets of our city. . Pierre Bardet has a passion for Strasbourg. »

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Alain Fontanel, former first deputy of the municipality and current councilor of the opposition, also spoke on social networks to announce the death of Pierre Bardet. “Endrant and sometimes controversial personality, he will be missed in Strasbourg and its Christmas market. I have lost a friend with whom I spent hundreds and hundreds of hours talking and working to make Strasbourg more beautiful during the holidays. Thanks Peter. »

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On Twitter, the Strasbourg singer Matt Pokora expressed his grief. “The HEART heavy this morning… Our friend Pierre Bardet left us (…). He loves our city and its inhabitants very much (…). Thank you for everything you have done for us, for me, my family, and my beloved city. »

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