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7 hours 18 minutes ago

There's a yellow weather warning for the North-East of the department tomorrow afternoon for storms and rainfall. For the rest of the department, a golden orb may be visible in the sky from lunchtime onwards!

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1 day 8 hours ago

Don't forget that there will be some traffic limitations in various parts of the department today (Wednesday ) as the Olympic flame passes through. Find out more details of what is happening in the May newsletter:

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1 week 4 days ago

Whitsun Bank Holiday / Jour Férié on Monday 20th May

Many supermarkets will be closed or have limited opening hours on Monday as it is a "Jour Férié" in France. Check out the main supermarket opening hours in our handy, shareable graphic!

Pentecost (also called Whit Sunday, Whitsunday or Whitsun) is a Christian holiday which takes place on the 49th day (50th day when inclusive counting is used) after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary, mother of Jesus and the Apostles of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The Catholic Church believes the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the same time, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:14)

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2 brave Halifax crews lost their lives on the 10th June 1944 just south of Laval and are buried in Laval cemetery. Below is an extract from a letter home just before their final mission, written by one of the pilots (Willem Van Stockum) to his mother. A letter home - 7th June 1944, from Willem Van Stockum: Officially we did not know it would start on June 5th, but the instructions we got, the mysterious doings, our route and what we could expect while in flight, made us fairly sure that this was The Day. We did our job in difficult circumstances, although there was not a very big opposition. ... I am free tonight and am glad of it, for the strain is great and we had not a moment's rest in the past days. Our kind of job needs hours of preparation, the operation itself takes 6 hours and after that debriefings, etc. Then a meal, to bed, sleep, and again preparations. Of course, we did not know beforehand it would be rather easy, and the nervous strain makes your breathing faster. Soon it will be worse, when the Germans get more information. But I would not want to miss this time for anything, and I am very thankful that I resisted the temptation to go to the other station, where Bierens de Haanals is, for then I would be now between two squadrons and perhaps have missed all this. My crew is perfect, calm, matter of fact, and one cannot find any signs of being nervous. I sometimes have the feeling I am the only one who is.... but perhaps they think the same thing of me. I have the feeling there is an enormous energy in everybody. The whole station comes out to see us

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1 week 6 days ago

The mayor of Gorron, Jean-Marc Allain, was sentenced today to 1 year suspended sentence for favouritism and "illegal taking of interest" concerning several decisions taken during his Mayorship. Prosecutors had asked that he should not be able to hold a public office for 5 years but this was rejected. Therefore he will continue in his post until the end of his elected term (March/June 2026).

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