A week before the opening of the World Cup (November 20), a competition that Jules Rimet had created, his grandson Yves Rimet died on Sunday at the age of 90. This ancestry was not just anecdotal. In March 1938, for the Mondial organized in France, the little Yves, who was going to celebrate his 6th birthday a few days later, had carried out the draw, in the Salon de l’Horloge, at the Quai d’Orsay.
And all his life, Yves Rimet sought to pay homage to this grandfather whom he had known very well. In 2014, he notably helped Renaud Leblond for the publication of Diary of Jules Rimet (First ed.). Two years earlier, he had also favored, still with Renaud Leblond, the creation of the Jules Rimet Prizewhich rewards the best sports book of the year. “It was my grandfather’s dearest wish: to marry sport and culture. He would have been happy with this initiative.he had just confided to Renaud Leblond.
Organized in partnership with Red Star and the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, the 2022 Prize will be awarded on November 24. ” Yves was a member of the jury since the first edition, he made his selection with rigor but also benevolence, always attentive to the ”humanist values” conveyed by the workswrites Renaud Leblond on the official website of the Jules-Rimet Prize. His gaze was precious: clear and precise as were his words. A fortnight ago, he called me from Brittany to give me his favourite, regretting that he could not be with us for the award ceremony.. »