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Par | 16H35 | 10 avril 2015

Things are getting complicated around rue de Béthune, Lille

It’s no fun if you have set up shop in rue de Béthune, Lille, at the moment. At least, not for some high street shores. It’s been common knowledge for a few weeks that Galeries Lafayette are not over the moon about the profitability of their Lille department store. They’ve even thought about moving on to greener pastures. But finally they’ve opted to close down a level, potentially putting thirty people on the dole (20 Minutes). Another high street name expected to pack its bags and go: Flunch Restaurant, in the Passage 57 shopping gallery. Not for economic reasons according to La Voix du Nord newspaper but due to a problem of accessibility. In the meantime, at the Tanneurs Shopping Mall, also accessible from the pedestrian precinct, others are threatening to close down including Joué Club, unhappy with its location. What is Martine playing at? Lire cet article


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Par | 16H29 | 29 mars 2015

The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary – the French (Belgium?) Fry

This election Sunday, it’s out of the question to talk politics. But how many of those running for election will gobble down a quick bag of chips? It’s our dictionary entry of the week Lire cet article


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Par | 08H00 | 17 mars 2015

Re-dividing national territory: why not merge several departments ?

To simplify the puzzle, join several pieces together! For our region, that would mean merging the departments of Nord Pas de Calais with those of Picardy (Aisne, Oise and the Somme). Certain politicians are considering it, including Dominique Dupilet, former president of Pas de Calais. In short, continue the regional big bang. And at the same time align the reform of local administrations with the new enlarged regions and the emergence of European metropoles: in our case, Lille. The latter will take over the powers currently invested in the departmental constituencies for their own agglomerations. This means that the North will be on a forced diet and so in need of a tandem operation with its neighbour for everyone’s good health. Other advantage: Arras and Amiens would become departmental capitals. No great change there as they are already capitals of the Pas de Calais and the Somme respectively. Amiens has never got over the insult of Lille being the de facto capital of Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardy, to judge by Picardian raised voices in the current debate. As for the new name, there’s no contest there: “The Department of Nord-Pas de Calais and the Department of Picardy”. Final advantage: it would be easier to delegate areas of legal competence – the crux of the problem in France – between the new public administration bodies. Infrastructures, economic development, education and professional training, tourism and culture, social and economic aid… the field is vast. As for the new enlarged departments, they will no doubt seek to impose their mark… after all, if the voting system has been thoroughly reformed with larger cantons, it’s not with a view to eliminating them. Lire cet article


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Par | 19H00 | 09 mars 2015

The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary – Pas-de-Calais: Filouse

In the middle of the Paris International Agricultural Show, DailyNord has entered a new word into our proud Northern dictionary: Filouse. Lire cet article


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Par | 16H20 | 03 mars 2015

When Lille dreamt of Olympus

The gradual unveiling of plans last week to present Paris' candidature for the 2024 Olympic Games has revived memories going back twenty years. To 07 November 1995 to be exact, when the French Olympic Committee (Cnosf) chose Lille as France's official candidate for the 2004 Olympics in preference to Lyon. Flashback to a colourful episode in Lille's history, source of some heated discussions at the time (check out our illustrations and tracts), but now, with hindsight, more of a fond memory than cause for serious debate. It remains nonetheless an event which generated a great deal of publicity for the Flanders' capital.
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Par | 12H00 | 15 février 2015

The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary: Carlton

Since Monday, the Second of February, Lille is at the centre of a highly mediatised court case for pimping. A zany redefinition for the Carlton Hotel or how it has unwittingly become the focal point for a sordid case of pimping. Lire cet article


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Par | 11H30 | 26 janvier 2015

The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary : Emile Basly

Emile Basly didn’t just have a school or boulevard named after him. He was also the “Tsar of Lens” and the figure who inspired, in part at least, the character Etienne Lantier in Emile Zola’s “Germinal”. Lire cet article


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Par | 11H35 | 15 janvier 2015

The Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary: The Lille-Flanders Railway Station

On this Christmas Eve, we could have compiled a dictionary on Father Christmas but he’s out of luck; he isn’t a local. So we chose to take an interest in the Lille-Flanders Railway Station instead, which isn’t quite as local as you might think either. Lire cet article


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Par | 19H00 | 12 janvier 2015

Which is the most viewed video for your town on YouTube?

An amusing exercise that DailyNord tried out. Find the most viewed video for your town on YouTube (the method: we typed in the name of the town in the platform’s search engine and selected the top videos recorded in that location). Results on a map with local communities of more than 15,000 inhabitants. A few surprises in store for you. Lire cet article


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Par | 09H00 | 18 décembre 2014

When Calais was English

Following on from when Flanders became part of France and the episode of the witches of Templeuve, here is the next chapter in our historical chronicle. This time it takes us to the coast and the seaport of Calais. Reputed as the ferry port for Dover, were you aware that the town was actually under English control for a considerable period? The French were even invited to find greener pastures elsewhere. Lire cet article


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Par | 17H37 | 12 décembre 2014

Beer more expensive? A review two years after the tax increase

It was in October 2012: The French National Assembly voted for a tax increase on beer (and only beer), to fill the empty coffers of French Social Security. For the region with its thirty odd breweries, it was a call to arms and a number of local councillors made themselves heard too. What is the result of all this two years on? Lire cet article


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Par | 11H17 | 29 novembre 2014

Have you missed the “opening” of the year?

Have you missed the “opening” of the year?

If you haven't heard the latest news, you must be living in the back of beyond or in some obscure corner of the North with no means of communication worthy of the 21st century. Retrospective on an astounding publicity campaign which didn't cost a penny.
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