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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

France 2 in Epeigné-les-Bois

 The broadcasters 
(above and below) 

Yesterday France 2 were in Epeigné-les-Bois to follow up progress on the restoration of the village's church, which is badly in need of repairs with leaks in the roof. 

Left to right: Serge Morisset, Philippe Gallet 
and Jacky Marchaux

Setting the scene

Pierre Tourlier arrives 
(above and below)

Filming with Pierre with Serge, Philippe and Jacky 

Pierre Tourlier is well known as the chauffeur of former President François Mitterand. With Philippe Gallet he is on Epeigné's Conseil Municipal. During the filming Pierre explained how he had contacted Président François Hollande and Fleur Pelleri, the Minister of Culture, is an effort to move the file on reclassifiying Epeigné's église up the pile. Apparently there was an attempt to get the village's church reclassified way back in 1948. Although this was unsuccessful the file remained in the state archives and I understand was recently reactivated. Apparently the reclassification dossier has now been discussed but to waht avail is yet to be known.

Then Philippe explained how he had become a friend of Pierre's and that now they had a ritual of meeting every day of the week (except Monday when our bar/restaurant is closed) round 8.30am at Le Lézard Vert for breakfast.  

Sign on the dotted line please!
The participants signing over 
their worldly goods to France 2....
Philippe hopes that he hasn't signed away 
his fishing rod which would rule out 
trout fishing visits to Lozère.
Equally trout might cease to be an 
endangered species there! 

Nacer Maghissene (Le Lézard Vert) with the TV crew 
(above and below)

Le Lézard Vert (2009)

 More to follow in further posts.

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