NÎMES Sagnard, Julien, Poujol and Fort Worth, the new names of the roundabouts

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Three roundabouts and a Nîmes square now bear the name of a personality of the city.

Jacques-Sagnard roundabout

Jacques-Sagnard roundabout

The roundabout located at the intersection of Chemin de la Cigale, Route d'Ales and Avenue Pasteur Paul Brunel has now taken the name Rond-Point Jacques-Sagnard.

Jacques Sagnard, more frequently called “Jacky”, was born on June 6, 1933 at 11 rue de la Virginie in Nîmes. Coming from a modest background, he became a figure in Nîmes life.

A man in the shadows, a self-taught entrepreneur, with a strong character, he was a man of networks and influence.

In 1962, he began working in his father's fruit and vegetable company “Fructigard” at the Saint Charles market and then at the Gare Station. He took over this company at the age of 29. In 1978 he opened a store under the UNICO brand at the bottom of La Cigale as well as the Nîmoise grocery store “rue du Mail”. He will rebuild the Super U supermarket after the floods of 1988.

He took charge of the Imperator from 1996 to 2010, a prestigious establishment to which Simon Casas had invited him and which made him dream as a child. It will carry out its first renovation.

In 1989, he joined the Nîmes Olympique Management Committee under the presidency of Jean Bousquet and remained there for 12 years. In 2015, close to the CHU and patron, he created the “CHU Ambassadors Club”.

He will be decorated with the Legion of Honor and the National Order of Merit. Simon Casas will say about him in the preface to his book Sagnard is told without the accent published in 2017, “ there are men whose grace consists of being present when they are needed, Jaques Sagnard is one of them “.

Jacques Sagnard left us on April 3, 2021. It is therefore proposed to the Municipal Council to pay tribute to him by naming the Chemin de la Cigale roundabout “Jacques Sagnard roundabout”.

Roundabout pastor Jean-Louis Poujol

Roundabout pastor Jean-Louis Poujol

The roundabout located at the intersection of Rue Laennec, Allée du Docteur Jean Razoux and Allée du Docteur Pierre Baux is today called the Rond-Point du Pasteur Jean-Louis-Poujol.

Pastor Jean-Louis Poujol was a personality from Nîmes, he was one of those whom we do not forget. Organizer for almost two decades of the Christmas of the Heart at the Nîmes arenas then at the Costières stadium, each year he offered hundreds of single people the opportunity to gather for a beautiful evening for New Year's Eve. An initiative which has earned him the nickname “Santa Claus of Nîmes” by certain local newspapers.

The Municipal Council of February 10, 2024 in Nîmes (Photo Anthony Maurin).

The Municipal Council of February 10, 2024 in Nîmes (Photo Anthony Maurin).

He was also the founder of the Christian assembly of the Martin Luther King center in Nîmes as well as the Maison des parents, a structure which welcomes the families of children hospitalized at the University Hospital of the city of Nîmes.

Founder of the Christian assembly of Nîmes, the Martin Luther King center and several social initiatives which marked the Gard landscape, Pastor Jean-Louis Poujol died on September 14, 2021 at the age of 73 at his home .

Those who have met the gaze of Pastor Jean-Louis cannot forget the warmth and benevolence of his gaze, both childish and full of gravity. As he often said, “ To truly love others, you must look for the best in yourself. We must love those who are the most deprived, those who have nothing “.

This is how we recognize the person who created Christmas at Costières and the Parents' House near the hospital. A man of action and faith, he acted alone. By himself, he was a Church, a sacred book, a being of consolation.

He had started a career as a train driver but the path to others was more vertical. Heavenly! His doctrine, or rather his line of conduct, was the love of others, which had to be demonstrated and not made spectacular and media declarations.

After a serious accident in 2019, Jean-Louis Poujol remained in hospital for a long time.

He died on September 14, 2021 among his family, the day the elements were unleashed in a large part of Gard. Many thanksit's the title of his book, it's also the word he said so many times.

Fort Worth Roundabout

Fort Worth Roundabout

The roundabout located at the intersection of Boulevard Président Salvador-Allende and Avenue Général Leclerc has been named the “Fort Worth” roundabout since Saturday February 10.

By deliberation no. 2018-07-052 dated December 15, 2018, the Municipal Council of the City of Nîmes approved the signing of a twinning charter between Nîmes and the City of FORT WORTH in Texas (United States).

The City of Fort Worth in Texas, through the Sister Cities International association, and its Texas president, Mae Ferguson, approached the City of Nîmes in 2017 with the aim of exploring the possibility of a new partnership (it already has 8 twin cities: Italy, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico, Swaziland, China). Fort Worth is a city of 750,000 inhabitants, the 16th city in the United States, some 60 kilometers from Dallas.

The primary goal of Sister Cities was to promote Fort Worth globally and enrich the local community by creating a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. Through ties with its twin cities, Fort Worth wanted to engage in citizen diplomacy for cultural, academic and economic exchanges.

For the City of Nîmes, a twinning with Fort Worth was a privileged entry point to the American continent. Since the signing of the Twinning Charter, numerous school exchanges and video conferences have taken place.

It was therefore proposed to pay homage to the City of Fort Worth by naming the roundabout located at the intersection of Boulevard Président Salvador Allende and Avenue Général Leclerc – Rond-Point “Fort Worth”.

Square Andrée Julien

Square Andrée Julien

Finally, the public garden located at the corner of rue Salomon-Reinach and impasse d'Alicante now pays tribute to a resistance fighter from Nîmes. It is called Square Andrée-Julien.

Andrée Julien was a resistance liaison officer during World War II when she was arrested in 1942 and then deported. She devoted many years of her life to defending the values ​​of the Republic among schools.

Born in Arles on March 30, 1923, she joined the Resistance at 17, during the Second World War.

Arrested at the age of 19 following a denunciation, she was sent to the Neue Bremm torture camp, then to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, before being transferred in 1944 to a shell manufacturing factory. She escaped in April 1945, after three days of forced march.

For many years, after her retirement, she continued to testify to Nazi barbarity in front of schoolchildren, urging them to always be vigilant. Andrée Julien died on the night of May 4 to 5, 2023, she celebrated her hundredth birthday on March 4, 2023.

Knighted in the Legion of Honor in July 2008, she received the Officer of the Legion of Honor medal on October 11, 2022. “ Your journey calls for respect and consideration “, recalled the Prefect of Gard, Marie-Françoise Lecaillon, when presenting him with this distinction.

The City wishes to pay tribute to this personality, woman of honor and last Gard deportee from the camps. A more than appropriate place, the square located at Impasse d'Alicante, very close to which Andrée Julien had lived as a child, was identified.

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