August 30, 2004

The Louvre II...
I was reading the newspaper today, and I saw an interesting article about the North of France. Apparently there are plans underway to put an annex of the Louvre somewhere in the north of France. Candidate cities include Calais, Arras, Amiens, Valenciennes, Lens, and Boulogne-sur-Mer. The Louvre II will include works of art that aren't currently displayed in the Louvre in Paris, in an attempt to bring tourism to the economically depressed North.
You can read a copy of the article from at the Sunday Herald.
I don't think that they should put a Louvre II in the north of France. Granted that the North is poor compared to the rest of the country, but I think they would be better off putting the museum in another part of the country, such as the Alsace, or Normandy.

5 comments:

bab said...

North is perhaps poor but only financially... in domain of Culture it's one of the most dynamic and creativ land... Lille is not "European Capital Culture" for nothing... 5 millions of visitors in one year.. and the big party who are organised, was the most popular since this event was created...(600.000 persons on only few kilometers around - it's the same number as the people at the Champs Elysées when France win the World Football Cup in 98')...
We 've got ideas and a great tradition of Party... (this is perhaps because of our positionning between Uk, Belgium and Deutchland)
Personally i work at Lens in a culture structure (town in competition for Louvre Bis) and I think it was the biggest fake that our minister have never made... the coast of this operation is too much !!! and we cannot pretend to make influence of 500.000 visitor per year... we haven't got the infrastructure to absorb this number of people... so i we'll be perplex on this project...

paulo said...

I agree with the latter post. Except that that particular area is not that desperate ... they've got potential and could reach a much better economic situation with a good political leadership. Did you know people from the north often come to the south (to find a job) and are considered excellent workers (in comparison to local folks) ? Indeed they work hard because they got to bring the bacon ...

Anyway in my opinion, it's a non-sense to say that it shouldn't be built in a poor region ... well what else would you do to help dynamizing it back ? Bringing activity and tourism is probably the better thing to do.


(BTW, about the first post: northeast will probably be better off right where it is >> far from the channel :) Did you mean west ?)

herbez said...

J'habite à Lens . Certes, cette n'est pas la plus riche de France. Mais au 19ème siècle, elle faisait vivre le pays.Il y a eu déclin à cause des nouvelles énergies. Aujourd'hui le pays a une image très noire du Bassin Minier à cause des terrils, des habitats. Mais c'est notre patrimoine et nous en sommes fiers. Nous sommes chaleureux et accueillant contrairement à d'autres régions. C'est aussi un bon moyen d'attirer des étrangers autres que ceux de passage. C'est une très jolie région. Elle a beaucoup d'atouts, d'histoire et de monuments,...mais comme vous le dites si bien on est soi disant pauvre. Il y abeaucoup d'a priori sur cette région qui est trop méconnu. Elle est pas si pauvre car Lille est au niveau des terrains à acheter la 3ème ville concernant le prix au mètre carré après Paris et la Paca. Arras est assez bourgeoise... Je vous invite quand vous voulez pour vous faire découvrir cette région et cette ville pour vous faire changer d'opinion. Ave vous déjà passer un séjour dans la région? Savez vous que d'ici quelques décennies la région aura un climat méditérranéen et la méditérranée actuelle ne sera plus qu'un désert? Avez vous déjà gouté à la gastronomie locale?...

Stephen said...

Oui, j'ai passé sept mois sur Lille (j'ai travaillé comme assistant d'anglais à Armentières et à Houplines). C'est vrai qu'Arras est assez joli, j'y ai passé plusieurs jours. Et j'ai bien sûr essayé la gastronomie nordiste -la carbonade flamande, les moules et frites, et le potjevleesh (que j'ai trouvé dég).
Mais c'est aussi vrai que le Louvre II peut pousser les touristes vers le nord. Aucun de mes profs de français sont allés au Nord de la France -même ceux qui ont habité en France. C'est un région malconu du pays.

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