No debunking of "great men" here, but a joint tribute.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the pantheonization of Louis Braille, five associations of blind people want to rename the Duroc metro station in Paris to “Duroc – Louis-Braille”.

This Wednesday, June 22, at 8:15 am, they will symbolically cover the name of the former marshal of Napoleon I with that of the inventor of the most famous writing system for the visually impaired in the world.

Millions of people use the system invented by Louis Braille, which makes it possible to code around 150 languages, explains to

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Thibaut de Martimprey, vice-president of ApiDV (Accompanying, promoting, integrating the visually impaired).

“We have nothing against Duroc”, abounds the manager, who simply wants to give visibility to Louis Braille, “the most famous blind man in the world after Homer and before Ray Charles”, rebounds Stéphane Gaillard, director general of the Institute national youth blind, interviewed at the same time.

Erik Orsenna as master of ceremonies

It is in Duroc that Louis Braille was a teacher and ended his life, and it is also in Duroc that the main associations for the defense of the blind are located.

The organizations have therefore filed an official request to rename the station and are counting on the support of local elected officials.

Throughout this Wednesday, other events will also take place, in particular concerts, a symposium and above all a forum on the Place du Panthéon in the presence of the Minister of Culture, with the participation as master of ceremonies of the writer Erik Orsenna and by actor Thierry Lhermitte.

The details of this day can be consulted on the website, as well as a manifesto with four key proposals to defend the development of braille in France.

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