While the world only has eyes for two candidates, there are many presidents of associations, often unknown but always involved, who deserve all our attention. Our country has 1,300,000 associations that form a dense cultural, environmental, social, and patrimonial network. The associations represent a unique and highly essential contribution at a time when social links are so often accused of decline, even demise, especially in less privileged regions.
Public service delegations, areas of experimentation, innovation, an incubator for men and women marching ahead, these associations work for the common interests and relate to community life. Each association is represented by a president. Through their authority, Thierry Bouët is showing how many associations, in their immense diversity, are part of the cement of our society. Without discrimination as to notoriety of members or budget, all the collectives are represented. Thierry did enjoy traveling throughout France to meet these people, who, though different, always carry with them a strong collective perspective. For him, “they are derived from a republican nobility, as there was an empire nobility.