News in Brief: Hollande Visit, Sailor, Oysters


Hollande Visits Housing Project

French President François Hollande will be in Normandy tomorrow (Friday 17 May) visiting the site of a new housing project in Caen.

He will officially hand over a former police barracks site in the city which is to be turned into affordable housing. It realises one of his election promises to make state land available for housing and the project in Caen, which will see the creation of 157 homes, is the first in France.

He will be accompanied by housing minister Cécile Duflot and Budget minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Missing Sailor Found

The body of missing French sailor Rene Morvan who fell off a yacht in the early hours of Sunday morning off the west coast of Normandy has been found at Siouville Hague, officials have confirmed.

Eric Bouillard, state prosecutor in Cherbourg, said that an autopsy and toxicology tests have been carried out and the body will stay in the town until the results are know.

Police have questioned crew members after they failed to report Mr Morvan falling overboard for four hours.

Normandy Oysters Popular in Belgium

Oysters from Normandy are proving popular in Belgium with producers now exporting them to the land of moules frites.

Belgian firm Lobster Fish, a seafood import business, is introducing Norman oysters to its customers who want to be able to sell well produced food.

Patrick Liron, an oyster producer for Blainville-sur-Mer, said that he wants to export more. He visited Belgium a few days ago to introduce different varieties including Utah Beach, Saint-Vaast, Isigny and Blainville.

The Future of Manche

The leader of the Manche council has thanked hundreds of people who answered an appeal to find out what they want in the future.

Jean-François Le Grand said that 700 people took part in workshops and meetings and 5,000 got in touch via a website set up to gather ideas.

An exploratory committee has drawn up its first conclusions and the next step is to gather the most workable ideas together build a vision and create a regional identity. More details here.


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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