Death of Xavier Gizard, former CAAC Secretary-General

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Inspiring quill of the European territorial cooperation and artisan of the Atlantic Arc, Xavier Gizard, CAAC Secretary General between 2000 and 2010, has died at the age of 66.
Born April 18, 1946, married with five children, Xavier Gizard had worked, among others, at the French Commission of West European regions, the Association for the development of Social Promotion in Britain and the National Agency for Lifelong Learning; before becoming Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral And Maritime Regions in 1995.
In 2005, in recognition of his professional and associative activity, he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in France and Commander of the Order of the Infante Enrique in Portugal.
Convinced European still in activity, with, in his own words “a particular heart for everything for the cause of the Atlantic“, he was the author of several books on territorial prospective as “Le Colporteur des Mondes, Penser l’Atlantique en Europe” (1996), aux Editions de l’Aube and «Objectif 2009, un grand pas pour l’Europe, un petit pas pour les régions », Editions de l’Aube, 2004.
For him, ‘the cause of the Atlantic‘ was essential and it “should be, first of all, a voluntary action to transform a geography, that of Western Europe, of the Atlantic area, in an economic unit and a human set“.