No guinguette for flooded Olargues this year

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The lease of the popular Olargues guinguette will not be renewed, reports France 3.

On October 15, 2018, the guinguette at the municipal campsite  at Olargues in the Hérault was ravaged by the Jaur river floods.  That day, the manager of the establishment, Nathalie Terrier saw the two bungalows and the guinguette washed away.

Two months before the opening of the season, Nathalie is worried because nothing has been done on the site. The mayor or the State will not pay any compensation for the damage.

To rebuild the guinguette would cost almost € 20,000.

According to the mayor, Jean Arcas, there’s a lot of work to be done: “We must rebuild the road, but there is also electrical work to do.”

In the council meeting on Tuesday this week, the elected officials made their decision.  There will be no guinguette this year.

Nathalie is now looking for another village or town to house the popular summer musical bar.

Olargues is rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.

Source: France 3