Yves Helory de Kermartin, nicknamed the advocate of the poor, is the patron saint of lawyers and lawyers. To pay tribute to the child of Côtes-d’Armor, Breton music was out, with binious and bagpipes.
The Mass was celebrated by Mgr Jean-Philippe Nault, Bishop of Nice, in the presence of the President of the Bar, Me Adrien Verrier, surrounded by Mr.e Cécile Schwal, vice-president, and members of the board.
We noted the presence, among others, of Éric Ciotti, MP; by Me Marie-Pierre Lazard, city councillor, representing the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi; of Valérie Sergi, vice-president, representing Charles-Ange Ginésy, president of the Departmental Council; of Stéphane Drillon, chancellor of the diocese, ecclesiastical lawyer and ecclesiastical judge; and the director of the Alpes-Maritimes Penitentiary Integration and Probation Service (Spip).
Saint-Yves was canonized on May 19, 1347 by Pope Clement VI. “It is said of him that he was the first lawyer to enter paradise. However, I wish that he would not be the last, even if I have little hope”, amused the president, in his speech. More seriously, he had previously mentioned a justice “tormented”, “moving”, “sometimes dehumanized”. Me Verrier recalled the objectives of modernization of the bar, objectives which cannot do without traditions. “Because traditions are the cement, the soil of what we are.”
The lawyers, dressed in their black robes, then met in the sacristy for a reception.