Louis Chauvel, alias Frère Antoine, died this Friday at the age of 98.

This man, a Cistercian religious, lived as a hermit for fifty years in a cave in the Rock of Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Var), reports



After a bad fall suffered on October 15, 2017, he had to leave the place and had since been accommodated in Dieulefit (Drôme).

[DEATH] It is with sadness that we learned of the # death of Brother Antoine, the # hermit who lived in a #grotto in #RocherdeRoquebrune.

The City, through the voice of the Mayor, #JeanCayron and his municipal council, sends its most sincere # condolences to his family and friends.


- City of Roquebrune-sur-Argens (@ Roquebrune83520) October 24, 2021

"An example of love, simplicity, generosity"

During the fifty years of his hermitage, Frère Antoine had become a local legend, to the point of having had to put up a sign at the entrance of his home on which was inscribed: "The cave of Frère Antoine is not a tourist curiosity. but a place of fraternal meeting.

After that, this "voluntary buried", as

La Croix

had described it

, did not hesitate to discuss philosophy and spirituality with hikers.

It was "an example of love, of simplicity, of generosity," a long-time friend of the religious stressed to our confreres.

“Brother Antoine is gone.

He wanted to leave, feeling that he had nothing more to do on Earth, ”she declared.


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