“Tipa tipa na semé”: the fights of Raymond Lucas, the friend of plants

For her first book “Tipa tipa na semé”, published by Vétyver editions and presented on Saturday at the Réyoné Book Fair, Reunionese author Gaëlle Gonthier, former journalist for Le Quotidien, reveals the biography of naturalist Raymond Lucas.

He distills his precious advice regularly in our columns and offers remarked interventions on television, animated by his passion for the flora of Reunion. Raymond Lucas, founding member of the Friends of Plants and Nature (APN) is a fervent defender of the natural and cultural heritage of the island. A key figure in Reunion, he campaigns tirelessly to preserve endemic species. ” Unique treasures in the world “, he says, in the new book dedicated to him by Gaëlle Gonthier. The journalist, who cut her teeth at Daily and took his pen and microphone to France and India, is now turning to publishing.

Humble and committed

For his first book titledTipa tipa na sowed, published by Vétyver editions, the Reunionese author has chosen to trace the battles of Raymond Lucas, “this controversial naturalist who some mistakenly refer to as ”in tisanèr”,vsand pro-Creole teacher threatened by the Debré ordinance» and also recounts his journey of «communist militant who stood up to Paul Vergès at the time when the question of autonomy divided the island“.

Gaëlle Gonthier says it herself, this meeting with Raymond Lucas was “exciting“. “He has an unfailing commitment and shares his knowledge with great humility. We are talking about an extremely touching personality. It is a huge honor to inaugurate Vétyver Editions, which is also my new publishing house with the publication of the biography of Raymond Lucas. From the height of his 83 years, he is still on the ground to encourage Reunionese to plant endemic speciess. He has immense knowledge of the flora that surrounds us. It works with schools, communities, associations and the general public and calls for preserving our forests and perpetuating the knowledge of the elders. ”Mi think or have to say everything in advance fucks the kan” he told me during our interviews. That’s the whole point of this book.“says the 35-year-old author and publisher, who intends to tell Reunionese society through the prism of personalities committed to the preservation of our heritage.

Florence LABACHE