Sunday, January 19, 2014

Merci Monsieur le Maire

Does your Maire (mayor) wish you a personal Happy New Year? Although it would be wrong of me to lead you to believe ours goes around knocking on every door in the village, he does do the next best thing. On a Sunday morning in January, he flings open the doors to the Salle des Fêtes, he lays out the tables with bite sized apero nibbles, he pours those who have left the snugness of their firesides a kir and after a short speech he wishes us well for the forthcoming year.

french village diaries life france aperos New Year Maire
Bite size apero nibbles

french village diaries life france aperos New Year Maire
Monsieur le Maire raises a glass
Our current maire has been in office for the last 13 years and as we have local elections in March of this year his speech included a little résumé of the projects achieved and changes in the village during these years. These have included putting the village on mains drainage, a refurbishment of the salle des fêtes, a brand new build for the Mairie and library, the purchase of a village tractor and municipal van and something he is very proud of, a ten percent increase in village population. There is even talk of our sad little closed up village bar/shop being re-opened again this year, although as this is something we get used to hearing it unfortunately fails to raise excitement as so often it comes to nothing. Fingers crossed this time we will have something to celebrate and somewhere to go to raise a celebratory glass. One thing is certain; with the local elections 2014 will be a year of change in the village.

Merci Monsieur le Maire, for your New Year wishes, for the work you do for the village and for making us feel welcome and included in village life.

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