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Knowledge and Family Heritage

Updated: Mar 2

The prestigious lineage of the Mahieu family, originating from the Duchy of Brabant in Antwerp, has been inscribed in golden letters in the annals of history. October 18, 1715 remains a date etched in marble, marking the pinnacle of their status with the confirmation of nobility granted by Emperor Charles VI.



This recognition was accompanied by the highest honor, that of being bestowed the title of Knight of the Holy Roman Empire, along with the right to bear the arms of the Windele family. The earliest traces of the Mahieu's commitment date back to 1326, with Mahieu Lord of Bours, followed by Mahieu Avisse in 1380, Lord of Franleu, and the illustrious Jules and Alfred de Mahieu, knights whose bravery and loyalty were praised.


Throughout the centuries, the Mahieu family continued to shine through their dedication and service to their country and community. On October 10, 1901, a new consecration came to crown their lineage, with a recognition of nobility that was followed, on April 27, 1921, by the granting of the title of knight, transferable by male primogeniture, to Jules Hippolyte-Joseph de Mahieu.


Livre d'heures de Jean de Mahieu et Jacqueline de Sivry, à l'usage de Tournai. Pays-Bas méridionaux, vers 1475-1480

Among the prominent figures who left their mark on this illustrious lineage, Antoine de Mahieu (1662 - 1722) occupies a distinguished place. As a knight, Lord of Warelles, he distinguished himself in multiple roles, including as Mayor of Ath, Alderman of Ath, Bailiff of the peerage of Silly, and Magistrate.


His son, Jean-Baptiste Florentin de Mahieu, inherited his commitment and sense of duty, becoming Mayor of Ath and Alderman of Ath in his turn. The tradition of community service continued with Florent Jean Marie de Mahieu, Lord of Warelles and Diestvelt, as well as with Joseph de Mahieu, Pierre Antoine Joseph de Mahieu, Lord of Warelles, Constant François Marie Mahieu, Lord of Crépieul, and François Paul Mahieu, Lord of Crépieul.



At the same time, Antoine II de Mahieu, Lord of Bosqueau, also contributed to society through his dedication and commitment. Léon Mahieu, Lord of Mortières, Westacker, Mullewalle, and Ter Assel (by letter from King Charles II), as well as Jean Mahieu, who acquired the office of King's Counselor and ordinary controller of wars in Montpellier-Aigues Mortes, also perpetuated the family heritage by leaving their mark in public affairs.


Décret impérial signé par Napoléon III, issu de la collection familiale.

The women of the Mahieu lineage were also noteworthy, contributing to the enrichment of their family's history. Catherine Mahieu, with her sagacity, sealed her destiny by marrying Nicolas Becon, a counselor to the King. Ursine Mahieu, on the other hand, joined her fate with that of Jacques Delaroche, chief clerk in the minor criminal court of the Parliament of Paris. Jacques and Claude Mahieu, counselors to the King and ordinary controllers of wars at the residence of the province of Languedoc, as well as governors of the King's fencing pages, also honored their lineage through their actions and responsibilities.


The glorious history of our family is closely intertwined with that of the Institut de France, a bastion of culture and knowledge where our ancestors have left an indelible mark. As early as May 7, 1830, one of our own was elevated to the rank of member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres, thus bearing witness to our deep commitment to the arts, letters, and the preservation of our nation's rich cultural heritage.


Lucien Halimi VAMA (President de la foire du trone) - André Planchet Vice président du conseil municipal de Paris - Roger Frey Ministre de l'intérieur

The glorious history of our family is closely intertwined with that of the Institut de France, a bastion of culture and knowledge where our ancestors have left an indelible mark. As early as May 7, 1830, one of our own was elevated to the rank of member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres, thus bearing witness to our deep commitment to the arts, letters, and the preservation of our nation's rich cultural heritage.


But our lineage is not limited to the academic sphere. We have also been recognized for our exceptional contributions to society and the nation. Some of our members have been awarded the prestigious distinction of Commander of the Legion of Honor, in recognition of their exemplary dedication to France and their invaluable service to the nation.


Lucien Halimi VAMA président de la Foire du Trône avec Jacques Chirac Maire de Paris - Président de la République Française

In the field of public administration, our ancestors shone through their dedication and competence. Some held eminent positions such as Prefect, State Councillor, and Senator, thus shaping the policies and decisions that have molded our country and its future.


Furthermore, our ancestors were committed actors on the international stage, serving as delegates to the European Parliament and trade union representatives, thus promoting cooperation and dialogue on a global scale.


Finally, our family has always attached great importance to civic engagement and community service. Many of our members have been honored for their service and dedication to the values of the Republic, receiving decorations such as the National Order of Merit and medals for civic education.


The Halimi-VAMA family has been representing the Foire du Trône since the 1800s. When the fair was abolished, Lucien Halimi-VAMA intervened and proposed the Pelouse de Reuilly, a proposal that was accepted after long deliberations.

Lucien reorganized the fair, particularly in the hierarchical domain, by participating in drafting the first regulations and creating the first committee of the new Foire du Trône. He held the presidency for 14 years.


This action will grant the title of co-founder to the Halimi-VAMA family.

In 2019, Lucien's great-grandson, Karine Mahieu, was elected president of the fair and organized the largest fundraising event since its inception. She also set attendance records, with over 100,000 people per day. In 2021, VAMA ALC was founded to strengthen family engagement, with her son, Harry Vama, serving as vice president. He is also a member of a section of the ESU-UFE, an NGO established in the European domain, and closely collaborates with Parliament to promote its missions and objectives.

Today, the association is supported by 4,700 people.

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