News in Brief: Avranches Bomb, Chausey Rescue, Jamie Oliver, Danone 100, Fishy Business


Avranches Bomb

The centre of the town of Avranches in the south of Normandy will be evacuated on Sunday 23 of June when a recently found Second World War bomb will be disposed off.

Residents and businesses in a 400 meter radius of where the bomb was found during road works in the Road Fontaines-Couvertes will be asked to leave while bomb disposal experts from Caen deal with the device. It is estimated that it will affect 2,500 to 3,000 people who are being asked to leave the area at 10am. Refreshments will be provided for them at the nearby Victor Hugo hall.

Chausey Rescue

A crew member of the Jolie France II, one of the boats that takes passengers from Granville to the isles of Chausey off the west coast of Normandy, had to be taken by helicopter to hospital after being injured on board. The EC-225 Navy helicopter from Maupertus took the injured crewman to hospital in Rennes on Monday.

Bonjour Jamie

British chef Jamie Oliver is planning to make an impact in France having launched his bi-monthly magazine in French. Called simply Jamie, it includes 90 recipes from the chef himself.

Also in the first issue there are articles on broccoli, eggs and sauces, city guides to Marrakech and Brussels and an interview with French chef Eric Trochon of the Semilla restaurant in Paris and recipes from Giorgio Locatelli of the Locanda Locatelli restaurant in London.

Danone Birthday

Danone yoghurt, cheese and desserts are known all over France but not everyone realises that the brand was founded as a cooperative in 1913 by dairy farmers in Normandy. Its factory in Lolay Littray is now supplied by 210 milk producers including 13 organic producers.Now it is celebrating its 100th birthday with more products than every before and a steady workforce of 180.

Oyster Relief

Oyster producers in Normandy say they are cautiously optimistic that a virus that has devastated young oysters since 2008 has not returned this year. The virus usually hits the oyster beds in May and June but so far there has been no trace, although producers in the south of France have been hit.

‘There are no deaths so far. We have our fingers crossed. We think the weather conditions with a colder Spring have kept it at bay,’ said Louis Teyssier, vice president of the regional oyster board.

Fish Co Collapse

One of Normandy’s biggest independent fish buyer, Société Rémy, based in Dieppe and Boulogne-sur-Mer, has gone into liquidation. A series of financial problems, including one of its main clients failing to pay a €245,000 bill, means that it is no longer able to continue in business.

The commerce tribunal in Dieppe heard that the company, founded in 1936, had a turnover of €10 million in 2012 and was being backed by the Upper Normandy regional council for a bail out deal but that was dependant on a €130,000 bank loan which was refused. It means that the port of Dieppe has lost its main fish buyer.

About Ray Clancy

Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as, Property World Middle East and websites for estate agents. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

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