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Alexis Gourvennec Tribute in Roscoff

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Alexis Gourvennec Tribute in Roscoff

On 2 December, the Roscoff ferry terminal hosted a large assembly for the inauguration of a monument paying tribute to Alexis Gourvennec, who passed away ten years ago: an event chaired and represented by co
lleagues who recalled the major role played by this great figure in the history of postwar Brittany.

Ten years after Alexis Gourvennec,' passing the Roscoff ferry terminal is enriched by a monument materializing the new homage paid by an entire region to this visionary, a major player in the opening up and economic development of Brittany at the end the 1950s. Before a large assembly, bringing together market leaders, farmers and sailors, CCIMBO President Morlaix Jean-Paul Chapalain, the president of Brittany Ferries Jean-Marc Roué, the President of the Regional Council of Brittany Loïg Chesnais- Girard and the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke of the rich career of this exceptional man, and recalled his essential contribution to the profound changes that benefited the Breton territory after the Second World War.

Man of conviction and man of action

Born in 1936 in Henvic, in a modest family of farmers, Alexis Gourvennec chose very early to become a farmer, and follows a curriculum that leads to CERCA Angers. Graduate just in his pocket, he returned to his native Léon and committed to renovating unionism: in 1957, he participated in the creation of the Artichoke Committee before initiating, three years later, that of SICA * from the Pays de Léon. Man of conviction and man of action, determined to change an economic system deemed unfair, he takes the head of the CDJA ** Finistere and organizes, with the massive support of its members, a series of events that will be severely repressed, but which will lead to the creation of a dial market that improves sales of vegetable production.

A craftsman of the opening up of Brittany

Federator and visionary, he measures the vital need to ensure the opening up of Brittany and, still within the movement of Young Farmers, he will define, claim and obtain the means: the creation of the network of 4 lanes surrounding the Region, the complete automation of the telephone network, the reinforcement of the University of Rennes and the creation of that of Brest, but also the construction in Roscoff of a deep-water port allowing the farmers of Nord-Finistère to export their optimally beyond the Channel. And to ensure the service of this port, which no armament wants to load, he creates Brittany Ferries in 1972, with the financial support of farmers: a company that he will lead until his death, in 2007, which is today the first employer of French seamen, the first company in France on passenger and freight traffic, and one of the European leaders in maritime transport ...

Jean-Marc Roué, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Brittany Ferries

"It has been 10 years, on February 19, 2017, that Alexis Gourvennec has left us. It was a Monday morning, and that day he had an appointment at his office with Jean-Yves Le Drian. When President Le Drian arrived, I had the difficult task of announcing the death of President Gourvennec. They were friends. One died 10 years ago and the other became the French minister at the beginning of the 21st century. I am delighted that Jean-Yves Le Drian was able to come to Roscoff to pay homage to this visionary and friend by inaugurating the Alexis Gourvennec Port Area. 

I think that today, all the vegetable producers of Brittany have been honored to surround the President of the Region and the Minister of Europe for this inauguration. Mr. Loïg Chesnais-Girard was able to express his ambition for the future for our territory in front of the farmers and sailors present.

The Minister of Europe has recalled his friendship, the history of this relationship and also a broader vision of our future and what France and Europe expect of our territory.

Press release by Brittany Ferries, 02/12/17

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They don't mention he was very keen to link up the "Celtic Fringe" of which Brittany is part.  To this end I believe he insisted all his children be brought up bilingually I.e. able to speak both French and English because all the other territories in the Celtic Fringe are largely English speaking.  And BF's French name is BAI -- Bretagne Angleterre Irelande!

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