The small church near to the late Mayor’s family home was full to the rafters when the funeral service started at 10am.
71-year-old politician was killed when like every other evening he went to lock the gates at the cemetery in the Luingne area of Mouscron.
The leader of the Francophone Christian democrats Benoît Lutgen spoke at the funeral. A number of other well-known politicians such as the former minister Joëlle Milquet (Francophone Christian democrat), the leader of the Francophone socialist party Elio Di Rupo and the Prime Minister of Wallonia Willy Borsus (Francophone liberal), the Federal Prime Minister Charles Michel (Francophone liberal) and the First Minister of the Francophone Language Community Government Rudy Demotte (Francophone socialist).
As there were only 600 seats available in the church, the service was streamed live via Facebook and shown on big screens outside the church.