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a VirtualTourist member from Fuengirola

Geneva

Marronier Officiel

Who is the person in charge of looking every year the blossom of the Marronier Officiel?



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a VirtualTourist member from North America

Hi Albert,

It's the Sautier of the Grand Conseil de Genève (name of the Parlement in Swiss Cantons.)
The Sautier is Secretary General of this Grand Conseil and one of his functions is to observe the first blossom and report it to the press, announcing Spring.

A woman called Maria Anna Hutter presently holds the office, she is known as the "Sautière", feminine of Sautier.
The term Sautier/Sautière is very old, from Genevan dialect, and originally meant "Head of the Watch" - a sort of guardian of the town I think.





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