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Saint François de Paule in Fréjus, the man who eradicated the plague

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Chapel Epidemic Festivities Miracle Saint-François-de-Paule chapel in Fréjus

The plague wreaked havoc in Fréjus in the 15th century. But fortunately, saint François de Paule arrived! In 1482, he turned up in the city and the plague ended... In memory of this miracle, people made a celebration each year, on Sunday after Easter... Saint François-de-Paule was an Italian monk, founder of the Minors order.

But François boat couldn’t approach Fréjus’ harbour because of the plague... the legend says he transformed his coat into... a kind of surfboard, or a raft! And easily reached the shore. According to the true story, François arrived in Marseille harbour, then came in Bormes-les-Mimosas where he eradicated the plague, then finally arrived in Fréjus and did the same thing.

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