News in Brief: New Museum, English Debate, Fishing Fork, Deauville Films

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New WW2 Museum

The first of a series of new museums connected with the Second World War in Normandy has opened. The Overlord Museum next to the American Cemetery a Colleville-sur-Mer has a collection of 10,000 pieces including 35 tanks and a prized 48 tonne Panther.

The collection is shown in real life sized stage sets designed by Belgian designer Pierre Verbreyt which is regarded as being unusual for Second World War museums. The €2 million museum expects to get 80,000 visitors in its first year of opening.

College Debates in English

College students from Les Embruns in Agon-Countainville have won the annual schools debating in English competition organised by the Manche General Council.

They beat the team from Pasteur College in Saint-Lô discussing the roll of sport in life and won a trip to the Channel Islands. The runners up won free entry to museums in the region.

Fishing Fork Ban

A fork often used by people catching shellfish on Normandy beaches has been completely banned in the Manche. A previous partial ban which allowed it to be used for catching clams from Pirou to Agon-Countainville has now been extended to prohibit its use after professional fisherman claimed it was being over used by amateurs.

Fishing on foot, pêche à pied as it is known in France, is hugely popular along the Normandy coastline and whenever there is a low tide thousands of people go out hunting for clams and other seafood.

Film Festival

American actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are expected in Deauville in August when their latest film My Life with Liberace (called Behind the Candelabra in the UK and United States) opens the town’s American Film Festival.

It tells the story of the eccentric Liberace, played by Douglas, and his secretative five year love affair with a handsome young stranger Scott Thorson, played by Damon, who walked into his dressing room one day. Director Steven Soderbergh will also attend the festival which ends on 08 September.

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Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as PropertyWire.com, 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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