Six years after the death of Franck Biancheri, the Association of his Friends is still working to perpetuate the memory of his immense work and on 22 March 2019 we took an important step in this direction, thanks to the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, which did us the honour of welcoming the archives of Franck Biancheri alongside those of Jean Monnet.
On the occasion of the signing of the agreement for the transmission of the archives, a small solemn ceremony was held at the Foundation’s premises on March 22nd, in the presence of his daughter Carla Biancheri and Marie-Hélène Caillol, who was his life partner and president of the Association of Friends of Franck Biancheri, surrounded by some prominent members of the Association of Friends of Franck Biancheri.
Alongside Anne-Sophie Rieben, daughter of the founder of the archive Jean Monnet, Mathias Walter, responsible archivist, Carla Biancheri, Marie-Hélène Caillol and Gilles Grin, director of the FJME, signed the agreement, a very moving moment, a very beautiful day in a magnificent location, the Ferme de Dorigny in Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva…
Some twenty friends of Franck who accompanied him from high school, the baptismal archives of AEGEE or IDE, on the paths of Prometheus-Europe and Newropeans, have given their testimonies of sincere attachment to the greatness of Franck Biancheri, a person who gave his life to others, to citizens, to Europe, a remarkable man in his companies, his projects and his ideas, always one step ahead of everyone else.
Arriving the day before from Paris, most of Franck Biancheri’s archives joined those of Jean Monnet, but also those of Jacques Delors and other famous Europeans, kept in the Foundation’s highly protected basements. They will be sorted, inventoried, digitized, preserved, made available to researchers, but also to the public by the Foundation. A huge task for these twenty-seven years of work, only, alas!
AFFB and FJME…. with this signature, we are committed today to keeping your memory alive. (Marie-Hélène Caillol, 22/03/2019)
Franck Biancheri admired the power of imagination, intellectual audacity and political tenacity of Europe’s founding fathers, and in particular Jean Monnet (see article of 19/10/2001), and it is with this same spirit of audacity that he contributed to the History of Europe.
E aqueles, que por obras valerosas
Se vão da lei da morte libertando;
Cantando espalharei por toda parte,
Se a tanto me ajudar o engenho e arte. (Luis de Camões, Os Lusiadas)
(And fame of men who did immortal things
Whose names are now immune to death’s commands.
I’ll spread their song wherever there are men
So long as Art and Invention helm my pen. Luis de Camões, The Lusiadas)
On 22 March, justice was done to him, but it is not to bury him, on the contrary, it is to make him live better now and inspire the generations of the future for this Europe that they have today to think about managing tomorrow. It continues to inspire the road of 2040…
Everyone understood well: the reception of Franck Biancheri’s archives alongside that of Jean Monnet is his history, our history therefore, this deep and determined furrow traced in the long road of European integration, which is recognised… only 6 years after his death. (Marie-Hélène Caillol, 22/03/2019)
Words by Carla Biancheri (french)
Avoir la chance de grandir avec Franck Biancheri, c’est vivre l’Europe au quotidien. Entendre des conversations sur l’Europe, voir des européens défiler dans le salon, entendre parler allemand, italien, hongrois, espagnol.., voyager aux 4 coins de l’Europe pendant les vacances scolaires pour l’accompagner à certaines de ses conférences. Et puis c’est aussi comprendre plus tard, tout ce que mon père a réussi à accomplir et engendrer autour de lui. Que ce soit Erasmus, AEGEE, Tiesweb, Newropeans etc.
Mais c’est aussi connaitre Jean Monnet avant les autres. Et aujourd’hui, c’est un grand honneur et une grand fierté de voir ces 2 noms réunis dans cette Fondation.
Alors un grand merci à la Fondation et aux personnes qui ont travaillé avec mon père et ont permis tout cela. – Carla Biancheri, Lausanne le 22/03/2019
∴ Agreement for the transmission of the archives undersigned in Lausanne on March 22nd, 2019 (French)
View: the pictures of the journey