Death of Antoine Alléno: politics and the world of gastronomy at the funeral of the son of the starred chef

Announced by his father Yannick Alléno on Instagram early this Friday morning, the funeral of his youngest son Antoine, killed on Sunday by a driver in Paris, took place in the collegiate church of Notre-Dame de Poissy (Yvelines) in the afternoon. All around, CRS barriers closing off the surroundings of the church and a number of people who came to show their support for the family of the starred chef.

A huge photo of the 24-year-old, in black and white, sat at the entrance to the church. A few personalities were present, such as Minister Bruno Le Maire, the mayor of Poissy Karl Olive, the president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, or even Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVMH group (owner of Le Parisien).

Brigitte Macron was notably present. LP/Olivier Corsan

All entered the building simultaneously ten minutes before the ceremony, while the condolence book was filling up. Many white jackets came to show their support: Marc Veyrat, Guy Savoy, Guillaume Gomez, Jean-François Piège, Frédéric Anton or even Mohamed Cheikh. Pastry chef Christophe Michalak was also present, as well as chef Babette de Rozières.

Among them also, Christophe Marguin, president of the Toques Blanches Lyonnaises and friend of Yannick Alléno for 40 years, testifies: “Nobody spoke during the ceremony. It was a very strong moment, full of contemplation. We all think of our children, for those who are lucky enough to be parents. The most important personality at this funeral, for me, is Madame Macron. In this way, the State pays homage to our profession. During his speech, Yannick talked about the importance of keeping it simple and dignified. »

A sentence that echoes the many tributes paid throughout the week to Antoine Alléno, described as an extremely humble person despite the notoriety of his father and his own, nascent. As for the fact that the majority of the cooks came in white coats, Christophe Marguin evokes “the symbol of the family that is French cuisine”.

Christopher Michalak.
Christopher Michalak. LP/Olivier Corsan

The ceremony lasted about an hour and a half to pay tribute to the young man buried in the strictest privacy. Privacy desired by the family. Witness all the minibuses that have parked in such a way as to obstruct the view to the public. Françoise had come from the 17th arrondissement of Paris on purpose to follow the funeral, from afar, like about twenty anonymous people. “I admire the world of cooks and am extremely shocked by this tragedy, she explains. I come to support as I can, on my scale. »

Part of the assembly left the enclosure of the collegiate church on foot, faces tight. Among the crowd, many young cooks who have worked with Antoine Alléno. One of the employees of Mersea, a restaurant opposite Burgers Père & Fils, where the young man was chef, remembers from this ceremony “a respectful atmosphere and a mobilization that reflects all the admiration we have for him” . In a palpable emotion, a hedge of anonymous waited for the passage of the hearse for a last tribute. Mohamed Cheikh, accompanied by his friend Matthias Marc, had no more words: “I simply embrace his family very much. »

The investigation is continuing. Francky D., driving the car that hit Antoine Alléno, was indicted on Wednesday. He remains remanded in custody at the Fleury-Mérogis remand center (Essonne).

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