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The Consular or Christian cemetery

following cleaning and restoration in the Christian cemetery(EN) The Essaouira Christian cemetery was established around 1745. First a cemetery for foreign consular staff, it was reassigned to the city of Essaouira by France.

Walking along its paths, from grave to grave, a piece of the the past of Essaouira-Mogador lays before our eyes. There are a jumble of consuls and vice-consuls of Germany, Spain, Great Britain. A French surgeon Marrakech Dr. Jean-Pierre Valette, who died and was buried in Mogador on 9 August 1912... Another French doctor, Dr. Adrian, Marcel Bouvet, who was well-known and loved by all Mogadoriens. Whatever the religion or social status of his patients, he was appreciated for his kindness and availability, whether in his work in the city or in the hospital. He was the doctor foe everyone. On his death on 22 June 2012, a crowd gathered as he approached his final resting place: Muslims, Christians and Jews side-by-side, crying and bowing to his grave to pay their last respects and offer a final thanks.

Read more of this speech delivered (in French) by Mr. Pierre-jacques du Masnoir de Fortmont, of the Association Français du Monde-adfe on the occasion of the HAF conference at the École Supérieur de Technologie  Essaouira at El Ghazoua on 8 May 2013 below.

(FR) Le cimetière chrétien d’Essaouira a été créé vers 1745. D’abord cimetière consulaire étranger, il fut rétrocédé à la ville d’Essaouira par la France.

before cleaning and planting actions

En parcourant ses allées, de tombe en tombe, c’est tout une tranche du passé de Mogador-Essaouira qui est sous nos yeux. On y trouve pêle-mêle des consuls et vice-consuls d’Allemagne, d’Espagne, d’Angleterre. Un chirurgien français de Marrakech le Dr Valette Jean-Pierre, décédé et inhumé à Mogador le 09 août 1912. Un autre médecin français, le Dr Adrien, Marcel Bouvet, bien connu et aimé de tous les Mogadoriens, quelque soit leur religion, leur niveau social, il était apprécié pour sa gentillesse, sa disponibilité que ce soit dans son travail en ville ou à l‘hôpital. C’était le médecin de tous. A son décès le 22 juin 2012, une foule s’est pressée pour l’accompagner à se dernière demeure. Tous coude à coude, musulmans, chrétiens et juifs, en pleurs, s’incliner sur sa tombe pour lui rendre un dernier hommage, un dernier remerciement.

Lisez la suite de ce discours de M. Pierre-jacques du Masnoir de Fortmont, de l'Association Français du Monde-adfe à l'occasion d'une conférence de la FHA à l'École Supérieur de Technologie  Essaouira à El Ghazoua le 8 mai 2013 ci-dessous.

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