This Friday morning, the world of La Bouvine is in mourning on learning of the disappearance of Guy Chaptal, seventh captain of the Nacioun Gardiano. A historical organization responsible for defending Camargue traditions.
Officially founded in 1909 by the Marquis de Baroncelli and the writer Frédéric Mistral, the Gardiane Nation aims to maintain and glorify the costume, customs and traditions of the Camargue, whether for bullfighting, language or folklore. related to this culture. “One language, one people, one ideal”such was the slogan advocated by Frédéric Mistral.
An ancestral organization of which Guy Chaptal had been appointed seventh captain in 2004. This Gardois of origin died last night. Since then, tributes have multiplied on social networks to pay tribute to this great defender of Camargue culture and traditions.
“Ardent maintainer of Camargue tradition and culture, Guy was also a defender of the Union of all bullfighting. He hammered it incessantly: it is the spirit of the Marquis and of Mistral to keep our bullfighting together”reacted Corentin Carpentier, founder of the Union of Youth of Provence and Languedoc.
Guy Chaptal marched during the celebration of the centenary of the Levée des tridents which took place in Nîmes in November 2021 and which brought together thousands of people.