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Agde: adapting an old city to today's lifestyles

France 3/Scoop, May 17

In Agde, the shops in the centre are slowly closing, and the downward spiral is worrying the shopkeepers. “It’s the era for supermakets, carparks and cars” said a shopkeeper on Rue Jean Roger.

The mayor, Gilles D’Ettore, promises changes. 24 medium sized cities in Occitanie are part of a ‘Heart of the City’ operation, which aims to help struggling town or city centres. The operation was launched last March, and work is due to start before the summer in Agde. Shopkeepers are not looking at the positive side of the operation though. “Three years of construction work will kill us,” says Yannick Calvet, a baker in Agde.

[Sorry shopkeepers, but if you don’t like the ‘do nothing’ option, and you don’t like the ‘do something’ option, what’s to be done? Ed]

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