Some news from France ,CCCLVI

It’s time again to tell you my latest rants about some news from France. An eventful post in my blog that I have enjoyed together with you for the last 12 years now!! And for those non Roman CCCLVI is no 356::) And I thank you. The weather is now more as summer wants to take over already in my belle France !! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Legislative elections in France 2022, The participation in the first round amounts to 18.43% at noon June 12 , down from 2017, For several years, the overall participation in legislative elections has continued to crumble, falling from 64.42% in 2002 60.44% in 2007, 57.22% in 2012 and 48.7% in 2017. This year voters are called to the polls on June 12 and then June 19, It is half as long as for the presidential election last April. But in reality, it is this presidential election that is an exception. For all other elections, legislative but also municipal or regional, only one week separates the two passages in the voting booth. In a presidential election, on the other hand, the second round takes place “the fourteenth day following (the first round)”, is it stated in Article 7 of the Constitution. This clarification was made in 1962, and no deadline was mentioned in the initial version of 1958. In 60 years, this rule has never known an exception. But where does this special status come from? The explanation for this extended deadline relates to the fact that the two finalist candidates need to gather and even broaden their political base, but also to meet as many French people as possible. The longer show continues with the same actors…..

Hear all about folks, strikes are back ! Threat of strike at Paris airports for the first weekend of July 2022, Already mobilized this past Thursday, the employees of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly platforms have decided to relaunch new actions from July 2. The CGT, FO, CFDT, CFTC, Sud, Unsa and Solidaires unions are calling for a new strike on Saturday July 2 at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (Val-d’Oise 95). In Orly (Val-de-Marne 94), an identical movement is planned. All airport staff are concerned by the call ,To deal with the health crisis, employees had to accept salary cuts of around 18% by eliminating bonuses and allowances. There had been big strikes last year and those who did not sign this amendment, 180 people, were dismissed, recalls a CGT official for ADP in Orly. 1,150 people also left as part of a collective contractual break. Oh yes the covid has not ended here…!

Originally, about forty trees had to be cut to build a ticketing area and two lockers on each side of the Iron Lady with toilets, snacks, and souvenir shops. The goal ? Better manage the flow of the 20 million visitors who come to admire the Eiffel Tower each year. And the major of Paris thinks eco right lol ! But this project has been called into question… Planted at the end of rue de Buenos-Aires in the 3éme arrondissement, a plane tree planted for more than 200 years is the oldest tree in the Champ-de-Mars. The bicentennial would be the only survivor of the two rows of trees that then took root in this place. For weeks, the association of Pierre Lamalattie and others have been fighting precisely to protect this plane tree and other trees that they believe are threatened by the site renovation project carried out by the City of Paris. The City then halved the number of planned cuts. Before Emmanuel Grégoire announced in early May that no tree would ultimately be cut or impacted. The associations have, for their part, an appointment with the City of Paris at the beginning of July to make a new point on the file. To be continued…Good for the real ecolos !

Forget the impersonal highway areas; on the holiday route, it’s time for real stopovers in one of the 73 villages étapes( stopover villages ) in France. A stopover village, what is it? It is a town located less than 5 km from a highway or a national road, but not always a village, sometimes a small town of less than 5,000 inhabitants. The stopover villages (which can be found in the guide Villages étapes of the Routard, Hachette, 160 pages, 9.90 euros FR) must offer shops and activities capable of welcoming travelers with dignity. There are currently 73, in 9 regions, 31 departments and on 36 roads. Had tried a couple but for my road warrior trips, still prefer the aires d’autoroute or rest stops, has it all and quick in and out, However, admit some of these villages étapes can be a nice find indeed, More info webpage :

The Hauts-de-Seine department 92 becomes an official partner of the Tour de France for three years. It’s a return to basics for the 92. From this Tour 2022 (July 1 to 24), an arch will be placed at kilometer 92 of each stage, and a contest will be launched on social networks to bet on the first rider to finish crossing this kilometer point. The winner drawn will be invited to a stage. The boss of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, returned to the long history that links the cities of Hauts-de-Seine to the event, in particular the arrival of the 1st Tour, in Ville-d’Avray in 1903, or the big start de Boulogne-Billancourt in 1986, and therefore this famous kilometer 92. This arrival of the Hauts-de-Seine in the family of the partners of the Tour is therefore a form of homecoming. See it its wonderful webpage :

A total fiasco !! After the erased images of the Stade de France, are those of the metro. The RATP says this Friday to Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France newspaper that the video surveillance recordings of the day and the evening of May 28, the day of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (we won Hala Madrid!!), have been automatically deleted 72 hours after. And this without the justice making a requisition to obtain a copy of these images which could have helped to better understand the course of a chaotic evening. The SNCF, which manages the part of the RER B north of the Gare du Nord and therefore in Saint-Denis, as well as the RER D, had initially indicated that these sequences had also been deleted at the end of the same period. In the evening, the company finally explained to Parisien-Aujourd’hui in France that “the automatic deletion of the images was blocked and the images were kept, as authorized by the legislation for a period of 30 days”. The French Senate continues its hearings next week. The inter-ministerial delegate to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Michel Cadot, author of a report published on Friday which points to a series of “failures” at the origin of this fiasco, representatives of the SNCF and the RATP will be heard on Tuesday. To be continue but better get going for 2024 !!

The “so British” houses of the villa Léandre transport Montmartre to London, The villa Léandre, a 69 meters cul-de-sac overlooking avenue Junot, in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, so much does the site give the impression of being in this typical London district. Thus, on the even numbered side, there are houses with these tiny flower gardens, bow windows and slate roofs. On the odd side, they are small red or white brick buildings. And it is not only in architecture that the site resembles the English capital. In terms of prices too, between 12,000 and 20,000 euros per square meter. There you go a nice window walk by in eternal Paris,,,Paris tourist office webpage :

A study published by YouGov for the Obs newspaper on April 29, 2019 revealed that one in three French people believe in ghosts. (not me,,,) No wonder then that old legends persist. In Île-de-France region, many sites still have the reputation of being haunted, from the most famous such as the catacombs or the Paris Opera, to abandoned houses. In the heart of Paris, rue de Bièvre (5éme my old meeting point), where François Mitterrand lived, a dark legend persists. In this pretty little street, there is an empty space, not built for decades. In “Rue des Maléfices”, the poet and resistance fighter Jacques Yonnet evokes the history of this house that no longer exists. He says that in the past, there was an old inn run by a couple. One day, a gypsy came in, he wanted to draw the cards from the innkeeper’s wife who, jealous, chased him away. The gypsy then returned for several days in a row and cast a spell on the husband. His dog died a few days later. He suffered from a kind of leprosy, and his wife disappeared. The house, eaten away by a fungus, was reduced to nothing in 1943. Since then, the plot has remained empty, a tree has grown there and the wall has been replaced by railings. Let’s take the road to Pigalle, still in Paris. There is this house in the neo-Gothic style at no. 1, avenue Frochot (9éme). According to the guide to unusual visits organized by Sous les Pavés, created by Guillaume Bertrand, a specialist in the legendary Parisian, this “evil house” is haunted by the spirit of a maid who was murdered there on the stairs. early 20C. Successive owners would have been victims of his torments. Like Sylvie Vartan, ( a singer) who had acquired the house in the 1970s but never moved in. The Manoir Pavlovich, which is located somewhere in Seine-et-Marne dept 77, has been abandoned for about ten years. Its address remains secret because the risks of collapse are real there. This house built in 1863 would have been cursed by its former owner. She would have lived there alone, abandoned by her husband following a road accident which had severely disfigured her. A curse would then have fallen on all the other couples who tried to invest the mansion.

In Germigny-l’Évêque, an exotic Indonesian-style garden. Batu Taman is used for filming and hosts an ephemeral restaurant for the summer season. Once through the doors, welcomed by two Indonesian statues, the visitor has the impression of finding himself in another world, an exotic Garden of Eden. On 1.2 ha, dozens of eucalyptus, banana trees, yuccas, bamboo from which one would almost expect to see an elephant appear. However, we are in Seine-et-Marne (77), in Germigny-l’Évêque, ten km from Meaux. Welcome to Batu Taman! Webpage :

For a month, the local Jérémie Villet spent his nights in the area to photograph the local fauna. Every day in June, a new snapshot is posted on Facebook and Instagram. A poetic way to discover the foxes, deer and birds that inhabit the royal city out of sight. According to the photographer, the couple of swans in the basin do not let any other animal approach their territory, The experience he had this spring in the domain of the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines 78) marked him. This 30-year-old photographer, a specialist in wildlife which he usually observes in the snow, is the author of the exhibition “Versailles sauvage”, of which a new snapshot is revealed every day on the establishment’s public social networks. (Facebook and Instagram), until June 25. More info palace of Versailles :

To discover the secrets of the Cheops pyramid, the l’Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute) invites you on an immersive virtual reality expedition. An incredible 45-minute course, tested for you. More info at the institute webpage :

The Maison Louis Vuitton publishes a beautiful work that pays tribute to those who, within its workshops and its factories, perpetuate an exceptional know-how. The words of the English historian Nicholas Foulkes placed in the introduction then guide the gaze and the imagination from workshops to factories. A world tour in 400 pages, and almost as many images taken all over France and around the globe, to highlight the factories, craftsmen and the mysteries that surround the making of Louis Vuitton luxury products. On each page of the book, from the ultramodern ranch of Rochambeau, in Texas, to Place Vendôme or Pont-Neuf, via Beaulieu-sur-Layon, Vendôme, Ducey, Drôme, Geneva, Veneto, the atmosphere is youthful, serene mood; the gestures, sure, precise, controlled, seem to punctuate the hours and give all their meaning to the days. Louis Vuitton Manufactures, Assouline Editions, 400 pages,95 Euros in France. Louis Vuitton webpage :

After Giverny, the city of Argenteuil opens the doors of the house inhabited by Claude Monet to the public. From September 17, 2022, come and discover the works and the house of the famous painter. On the program: a journey combining painting, scenography and digital devices. It was in this pink house with green shutters, typical of the 19C, that Claude Monet and his family settled from 1874 to 1878. During these four years, Monet began to paint and would never stop. Argenteuil became a real source of inspiration where he painted 259 paintings, more than 150 of which were about the city of Argenteuil. The Seine, Île Marante, the walk along the river… everything is a sign of motive and influence for Monet. On two floors, the narrative films of the route allow us to understand the link between the artist and the city, at a pivotal moment in its industrial history. The visit reaches its climax in the restitution of the cabin of Claude Monet’s boat-studio. It is the room where one immerses oneself in the lair of the painter to see, touch, smell and feel the pictorial movement that is Impressionism. La Maison Impressionniste Claude Monet or (the Impressionist House Claude Monet), The city of Argenteuil on the Monet house :

Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, As playful as it is educational, the Architectures in a Box exhibition looks back on the history of construction games through workshops. To better understand the history of these small objects from the institution’s archives, the Cité de l’Architecture has invited two guests of honor for a weekend of colorful carte blanche on Saturday 25 June and Sunday June 26: Aurélien Débat, author, illustrator and designer of games and toys, and Mai Li Bernard, illustrator and author of comic strips, will be present to imagine original cabins, by your side Architectures en boîte à la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, 1, Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, (16éme), Until September 19, 2022, Cité webpage :

The Cité des sciences et de l’industrie invites the public to question our society, which is increasingly transformed by the process of industrialization. Between contemplative and immersive experiences, the exhibition Industrial Evolution examines our reality in depth by putting visitors face to face with situations of yesteryear. A way to better understand the current changes at the heart of our daily life and their impacts on human life to better emancipate ourselves from them. Évolutions industrielles Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, 30, avenue Corentin Cariou (19éme), From June 14, 2022 to March 5, 2023 webpage :

The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet lifts the veil throughout the summer on the art of ceramics in Japan by highlighting, exclusively, the work of women. Eclipsed for centuries for the benefit of men, female artists will have to wait until the end of WWII to reveal their talent and train with the great masters who handle this ancestral material like no one else. If this exhibition testifies to a great revival of interest in ceramics in our society, it above all takes a fascinating look at this meticulous art which now combines traditional art with more contemporary techniques. Toucher le feu. Femmes céramistes au Japon, Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet , 6 place d’Iéna (16éme) Until October 3 2022 , Every day from 10h to 18h,except Tuesdays, webpage :

In the heart of the Château de Chantilly, the designer Albrecht Dürer is honored ! In total, more than 200 works from the BNF and the Condé Museum testify to his genius and paint a rich and complete portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time who, among other things, revolutionized the art of engraving. during the Renaissance. In the idyllic setting of the castle park, Albrecht Dürer brings to life alongside his peers, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Andrea Mantegna or Lucas Cranach in a Europe in full effervescence. The opportunity to discover the most beautiful creations of the artist such as his Sea Monster, his Annunciation, his Melancholy or his Saint Jerome in his cell. Albrecht Dürer: Engraving and Renaissance, Château de Chantilly, Salle du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly Until October 2, 2022 Webpage :

The LGBTI+ bookstore Violette and Co will be reborn, The emblematic Parisian bookstore, specializing in feminist and lesbian writing, was saved thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. It hopes to reopen in the Fall at 102, rue de Charonne, in the 11éme arrondissement, Violette and Co was born in 2004 from a combination of circumstances. The founding couple wanted to embark on a new professional life. They decided to open the first feminist and lesbian bookstore in France. After deciding on the name in reference to the 20C lesbian novelist Violette Leduc, they settled by serendipity in the neighborhood where she lived. For now their Facebook page :

The M6 ​​Group and Stéphane Rotenberg in collaboration with the Bistrots Pas Parisiens are preparing to launch the first Top Chef bistro from Friday 8 July 2022. You can find the dishes of the emblematic chefs of the show, all inspired by the atmosphere of Top Chef! In Suresnes (Hauts de Seine 92), on the banks of the Seine, the first Top Chef bistro will open its doors! Between sets and props from the “real” set of Top Chef, culinary workshops and shows, but also a reproduction of one of the show’s legendary events, you’ll feel like you’ve passed through your screen and have immersed in the world of one of the most famous cooking shows! And for the impatient little ones who can’t wait and want to take advantage of this new experience as soon as it opens, reservations are open exclusively on TheFork (see bottom of my blog main page) from June 15, Bistrot Top Chef Suresnes ,Opening on Fridays July 8, 2022, Site not reveal yet,,,but I will bet is along the D7 Quai Galliani !!

Update! In Villenave-d’Ornon, a few kms south of Bordeaux, archaeologists from Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) are trying throughout the summer to unravel the mysteries of an extremely rare wreck, buried since 1300 years under an old arm of the Garonne river, According to the first dating of wood and ceramic pieces, the 12-meter long boat would have transported goods, probably agricultural, on the river and as far as the Atlantic coast between the years 680 and 720. At the time, the city of Bordeaux, under the control of the Merovingians, was part of an independent Duchy of Aquitaine. It was plundered in 732 by the emir Abd al-Raman, then besieged a century later by the Vikings. But the origin of the ship, whose excavations started in 2019, remains a mystery. Until the beginning of September, a team of 10 archaeologists will try to dismantle the 200 to 300 ribs (transverse beams) which structure the hull, via hundreds of pegs, to determine the architectural tradition of the boat, its real height, its capacity to tonnage, or even the techniques used at the time to make it watertight. To find its precise geographical origin, an archaeo-dendometer dispatched to the site analyzes the wood of the parts of the boat already dismantled , oak, Scots pine, chestnut ,etc to draw up its growth curve, via its rings, before comparing it to reference chronologies on forests compiled at European level. Ceramic boxes, animal bones and a wooden spoon will also be analyzed. The site will be open to the public next Saturday June 18 during the European Archeology Days.

There you go folks, another dandy round of news of my belle France , of course, chosen by me; there are many others. We are marching on to Summer and eating out in our veranda porch every day now , grand! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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