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Marseilles commemorates Jacques R Saade naming boulevard after him

FOLLOWING his passing last year, the city of Marseilles has paid tribute to the founding president of CMA CGM Jacques R Saade by naming one of the city's emblematic boulevards after him in his honour

Marseilles commemorates Jacques R Saade naming boulevard after him

FOLLOWING his passing last year, the city of Marseilles has paid tribute to the founding president of CMA CGM Jacques R Saade by naming one of the city's emblematic boulevards after him in his honour

28 June 2019 - 19:00

FOLLOWING his passing last year, the city of Marseilles has paid tribute to the founding president of CMA CGM Jacques R Saade by naming one of the city's emblematic boulevards after him in his honour.

Stretching along the Mediterranean Sea from the MUCEM, the city's most famous museum, to the Group's head office, the Boulevard Jacques R Saade was inaugurated by Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseilles, in the presence of the Saade family and many employees of the CMA CGM Group.



Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony included Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Region; the Prefect Pierre Dartout, representing the French State; Rami Adwan, the Ambassador of Lebanon in France and many elected officials and corporate representatives.



The French shipping giant said in a statement that 'Jacques R Saade made the CMA CGM Group a world leader in container shipping while maintaining its family dimension, its human values and a strong anchorage in Marseilles.



'Believing in the city's unique potential, he dared to make it the starting point for an exceptional global entrepreneurial adventure.



'For over 40 years, the group has been constantly involved in the region's development in many fields, particularly in architecture, with the construction of a Tower which has become a symbol of the reconquest of the Euromediterranee district.



'Today led by Rodolphe Saade and with 110,000 employees worldwide, the Group continues to invest in Marseilles and its region with the aim of making them a major economic centre.'



At the inauguration of ceremony, president and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, Rodolphe Saade declared: 'He gave this country one of its finest industrial flagships. Rest assured that we will always remain committed to Marseilles, for a stronger, more dynamic and more inclusive territory.'



The Mayor of Marseilles, Mr Gaudin, noted: 'By giving the name of Jacques Saade to one of Marseilles' boulevards, we show that the 21st century is rich in great men that our city wants to honour, that Marseilles does not forget him, and that in the decades to come, many will remember him.'



Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Region, said: 'We can be proud of and grateful to Jacques Saade. Today, he is part, irrevocably and definitively, of the handful of immense Marseillais that no one will ever forget.'


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