The economic and political world reacts to the disappearance of Bruno Bonduelle

Reactions have multiplied since the announcement, this Friday, September 16, of the death of Bruno Bonduelle.

“Bruno Bonduelle was a very great gentleman, visionary, provocative and mischievous”

Philippe Hourdain, President of the Hauts-de-France CCI

When he informed him of the death of Bruno Bonduelle, the president of the Hauts-de-France CCI Philippe Hourdain told us of his sentence: “ He was a very tall gentleman who thought only of the general interest, of his region, of businesses. He was a great inspiration “. Philippe Hourdain has made a consular journey » with Bruno Bonduelle: « At the CCI, we laughed a lot with him, really “. When Philippe Hourdain was elected president of the CCI Grand Lille, he declared in his first speech: “ We are succeeding Bruno Bonduelle, we are not replacing him. »

At the time, he was way ahead.

The one we nicknamed ” the eternal patron saint of business » had joined the CCI Lille Métropole in 1994 and had at the same time created the Grand Lille Committee, a powerful employer lobby bringing together more than 850 members of the business community. It was with Bruno Bonduelle that Lille’s candidacy for the 2004 Olympic Games was launched. At the time, he was way ahead. He imagined a lot, wrote a lot for the regionemphasizes Philippe Hourdain. Sometimes he was too avant-garde but it takes visionaries like him, at least to pave the way “.

Philippe Hourdain remembers his many writings: “ I often take up his books, because he is a great inspiration, a true, disinterested lover of our region. He inspired and marked us all. And what I liked about him was his mischievous, provocative comedian side, always in good taste “.

“I am deeply saddened because beyond the visionary, Bruno Bonduelle was also an endearing personality. »

Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France region

“He was an agitator of ideas, always on the move, as on the metropolis that he wanted to bring out of its walls so that his role as a locomotive drives the mining basin, or on the perimeter of the regions. He provoked but to provoke reflection, not to provoke.

He was one of those, like Pierre Mauroy, who put blue in the sky.

I remember from him that when some saw the region in grey, he was one of those, like Pierre Mauroy, who put blue in the sky. He had ambition for the region. Bruno Bonduelle had a unique place that he alone could hold, based on the success that had been his. It is up to us collectively to take up his torch and to see things big for the region. »

“He is someone who has made things happen a lot, if only in metropolitan Lille. »

Jean-René Lecerf, former president of the Nord department

“We knew he was not well. It is a great character who leaves us. I rubbed shoulders with him for a long time since he was a municipal councilor for Marcq-en-Baroeul when I was mayor, elected on my list. He is someone who has made things happen a lot, if only in metropolitan Lille. On the desire to get out of the fragmentation of the positions of the various mayors. It is a great man who leaves us, at the same time provocative, at the same time debater, juggler.

He influenced awareness. Awareness of the derisory nature of forests.

He influenced awareness. Awareness of the derisory nature of forests in the Nord department and more broadly in Hauts-de-France. The awareness of the fact that if we wanted a strong metropolis, the metropolis had to stop being completely crumbled. It sometimes displeased, he felt for example that there was an overrepresentation of small municipalities. He stirred ideas in the world of business and industry. For example, the desire to reconcile economy and ecology. I have heard him complain a hundred times about the absence of business from political power.

He was a man who had a strong power of seduction, with whom we never got bored. A man who tried to bring together economic and political power, by organizing joint trips. It took great politicians, like Pierre Mauroy, to realize what was being done elsewhere and could serve as an example for us.

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The economic and political world reacts to the disappearance of Bruno Bonduelle