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The Advertiser, the new free monthly English-language newspaper for Normandy


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    March 2010 - Issue 3

    TWO PAGES OF EVENTSVisit festival where Knights celebrate

    their favourite Black Puddings

    Terms and conditions apply, see page 6


    DEAUVILLE has launched abold plan to become the majorregional airport for Normandy,attracting up to 300,000 pas-sengers a year.

    Airport director DesmondOFlynn is negotiating withFlybe, Easyjet, Ryanair, BMIBaby and Jet2 about runningregular flights from theCalvados seaside resort to theUK and the rest of Europe.

    He said starting routes toLondon, Leeds, Birminghamand Manchester was a priorityand he hoped they wouldlaunch next year.

    Ive been tearing my hair out

    for two-and-a-half years to geta route out of London, MrOFlynn told The Advertiser.Were in discussions withabsolutely everybody.

    The mayors of Le Havre andRouen which both have theirown small airports havebegun talks with Deauvillemanagement about workingtogether on a joint regional air-port venture. The city councilin Caen has also been invited.

    Deauville airport reopens onApril 1 after 10 weeks of reno-vation work. It is expecting itsbusiest ever summer with125,000 passengers and has seta target of 300,000 by 2015.

    Full interview, page 5

    Aim to be keyNormandy hub

    OFLYNN: Rouen and Le Havre have shown interest in link


    Talks with Easyjet,Ryanair and Jet2


    gardensTop spring days out

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    By Paul McNally

    300,000 passengers ayear target by 2015

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    Contact Us

    Useful ContactsEMERGENCIESSamu (medical aid): 15Sapeurs-pompiers: 18Police/gendarmerie: 17Duty pharmacy: 3237

    More contacts, page 14

    HOSPITALSCaen: 02 31 51 51 51Cherbourg: 02 33 20 70 00Avranches: 02 33 89 40 00Flers: 02 33 62 62 00Le Havre: 02 32 73 32 32Rouen: 02 32 88 89 90Argentan: 02 33 12 33 12

    YOUNG people who want todiscover more of Europe canapply for a special grant fromBasse-Normandie council.

    The Bourse Jeune Europepays up to 500 per applicantto help cover travel costs,accommodation and activities.

    It is for discovery trips to oneEU country or several aloneor in a group of no more than

    five any time between Julyand mid-October this year.

    Applications open in mid-March for any EU citizen aged16 to 25 who lives in the Basse-Normandie region.

    The motivation for the tripcan include learning moreabout a countrys culture, sport,history, science or the environ-ment. Travellers heading

    abroad to find summer workare not allowed to apply.

    Forms will be made availableonline at orfrom the Centre RgionaldInformation Jeunesse inCaen and other youth centresaround the region. The formalong with a covering letterexplaining why you want tovisit your chosen destination

    must be sent to the CRIJ byMay 31.

    Entries are judged by a panelof youth workers who will belooking for original ideas.

    Winners are contacted inmid-June and must submit awrite-up of their experiences.

    More information is availableonline (in French) from the

    Basse region getsits own Ikea storeIKEA is to open a store inFleury-sur-Orne, south ofCaen its first in the region.Work on the 50,000m2 devel-opment will begin in May andthe store is due to open in sum-mer 2011, employing 500. Ikeashoppers currently have totravel to Rouen or Rennes.

    Act now to keepTV after March 9BASSE-NORMANDIE switch-es to digital TV on March 9between 8.00 and 14.00. Theold analogue signal will disap-pear and you might need toretune your television as somedigital channels may havemoved. If you do not alreadyhave digital TV (tlvisionnumrique terrestre) you willneed to buy a set-top box now.They start at 20. A helplinein French is available on09 70 818 818, or you can

    No price rise forNormandy tollsMOTORWAY toll fees on theA13 and A29 have been frozenfor 2010, bucking the nationaltrend. Traffic on the networkhas risen by 1.7% in a year.

    Camembert losestop cheese titleNORMANDYS famous Cam-embert has been knocked intosecond place in the league tableof Frances most popularcheeses, beaten by Emmental.

    UNIVERSITY students in LeHavre can try out a new typeof accommodation from thisautumn living in an old,converted steel shipping con-tainer.

    The city council has reno-vated 100 of the long, narrowmetal boxes and turned theminto bright, furnished studioflats with a view over thedocks and out to sea.

    The 25m2 flat costs 300 amonth to rent, all chargesincluded, and includes akitchenette, bathroom, single

    bed and desk. A HigherEducation Ministry spokes-woman said: Modular hous-ing like this is a lot quickerand cheaper to build.

    We can build about 100homes in a year, comparedwith two years for more con-ventional housing.

    The 4.8m project isbelieved to be the first of itskind in France. Two otherpopular student towns,Nantes and Villetaneuse inthe Seine-Saint-Denis, areworking on similar schemes.

    Students to live in cargo containers


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    COMPACT: The 25m studios cost 300 a month to rent

    THIRTY primary school chil-dren had a lucky escape afterthe roof of their bus was tornoff by an underpass in Rouen.

    The driver did not realisethat the bus was too tall forthe tunnel.

    Nine children were slightlyinjured and one supervisor

    taken to hospital with headinjuries. Children escapedwith minor grazes and bruisesin a similar crash last July.

    Anne Vervish, a lawyerwhose practice is next to oneof the expressway entrances,has been leading a campaignsince 1995 to get the mairie to

    put up better warning signs toprevent further accidents hap-pening.

    Many of Rouens underpass-es and express tunnels haveheight barriers before theentrance to alert drivers of tallvehicles but this is not yet acompulsory requirement.

    Pupils escape unhurtfrom decapitated bus

    CRASH: Another tunnel incident involving children on a bus last July raised safety fears

    A GROUP of farmers in Calvados have won alegal battle against Basse-Normandies ruralplanning agency over a golf course develop-ment in the Pays dAuge countryside.

    Safer, the body that has a right of first pur-chase when a rural property goes on the mar-ket, bought a farm near Branville for 382,000.

    It was then approached by a property devel-oper interested in building a golf course andholiday homes on the land. Local farmersclubbed together to put in a counter-bid to block

    the development and keep the land for agricul-tural use. However they were told that the dealhad already been signed.

    The appeal court in Caen ruled that Safershould not have agreed to the sale without giv-ing other interested groups a chance to bid.

    It has ordered the agency to pay 30,000 indamages to the farmers.

    Safer said it would be contesting the ruling inthe cour de cassation, Frances highest court. Thebody said it had tightened up its procedures.

    Farmers win damages over golf sale


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    Grant for young people to travel Europe

  • The Advertiser, Normandy March 2010 News 3

    THE WEST coast of the Manche depart-ment is to be made an official marine con-servation area.

    The Ecology Ministry has begun worksetting up the protected marine park zone,which is expected to run from the tip of LaHague down past the Mont-Saint-Michel

    bay and into Brittany. The initiative aims toprotect the seas rich number of birds, fish,dolphins, seals and plants. There will bestricter rules on human activity in the seasuch as fishing and sailing and harsherpenalties for those who ignore the rulesand put wildlife in danger.

    A small team of researchers will be set upin Granville in April to work with theManche prfecture. A public enquiry onthe proposals will follow. The objective isto improve awareness of the marine envi-ronment and preserve its natural heritage,the Ecology Ministry said in a statement.

    Green light for Normandy marine conservation area

    Baby rhino at Cerzazoo is a French firstA NEW-BORN Indian rhi-noceros called Manas looksset to be the star attraction atCerza zoo near Lisieux thisseason.

    The 45kg baby boy is thefi