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For Romorantin, it’s like reaching a grand slam or perhaps a jubilee: welcoming the Olympic flame on Monday, July 8 – a primary – and persevering with with the Tour de France riders the next afternoon. The mixture of those two occasions is rarer than the passage of Halley's comet. The second metropolis of Loir-et-Cher had not been crossed by the legendary biking occasion since 1966.

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“For security and organizational reasons, these events will greatly impact traffic and parking from Sunday July 7 to Tuesday July 9.”warns the municipality, deadpan. We suspected it slightly. The Olympic course will stretch over 5.2 kilometers, reducing by means of the capital of Sologne from north to south.

Ludovic Lidon, director of the municipal sports activities division, mobilized almost 400 volunteers: 180 as “signallers” to encompass the flame bearers, and 220 throughout the town's 5 leisure websites. “These places will allow all residents to enjoy the sports offered by the rich local community network.” Rugby, skating, boxing, soccer, tennis… but in addition handball. The membership, launched in 2005 and with 200 members, desires to advertise handfit, “either muscle strengthening using handball equipment and music”describes Emilie Carteau, the co-president.

Renault's brutal determination

In civilian life, this girl is an worker at Colonna Facility. This supervisor of mutual insurance coverage contracts, primarily for the catering and resort trade, was for a very long time the town's second largest non-public employer. In 2023, the lack of a serious contract led to the dismissal of round 100 staff. “The laid-off girlfriends are taking training courses in accounting to move into banking and insurance. Others are trying to start their own businesses, but it's much more difficult.”

Stal, a producer of store decorations, using 84 individuals, is presently in receivership. But the primary industrial and social explosion in Romorantin dates again to 2003. The Matra Automobile manufacturing unit closed its doorways and led to the lack of greater than 2,000 jobs. The trigger: the brutal determination of the producer Renault to take manufacturing of the Espace away from Stal and take cost of it itself. It entrusted the Avantime to Stal as a substitute, a mannequin that will by no means achieve success. In complete, 874,242 vehicles left the manufacturing traces in Romorantin.

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Shortly after, public cash flowed in to revive the economic system. And Caillau, a producer of steel clamps, emerged. Today, it employs greater than 500 individuals. Romorantin nonetheless has about ten precision mechanics workshops. Former subcontractors of Matra, they’re presently benefiting from the great well being of the aeronautics sector and report orders from the arms trade. Their fundamental shopper is MBDA, a missile producer deployed specifically in Selles-Saint-Denis, in the course of the Sologne forest.

Urban renovation

During the passage of the flame, the Romorantin-Lanthenay hospital can even mobilize volunteers to advertise “health sport”. However, the institution is struggling. In 2023, nurses and nursing assistants went on strike for 2 months to denounce understaffing. They obtained extra nursing employees… and deplored the departure of 4 docs. “Year after year, departures are currently compensated, tempers the mayor, Jeanny Lorgeoux, elected for thirty-nine years. “I am the chairman of the hospital's supervisory board. The general management has taken the measure of the problem and I am looking at it very closely.”

Medical desertification continues to increase in the Loir-et-Cher department, which had 219 general practitioners and specialists per 100,000 inhabitants in 2024, compared to 311 nationally.

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Maud Fontenoy at Beauval, Stéphane Bern at Chambord… But no one yet knows who the twenty-five torchbearers will be crossing Romorantin. “Our heartache is that brothers Christophe and Bruno Girard, former world boxing stars, were not selected. I tried as best I could, but it was a waste of time.”adds the mayor. Who prefers to focus on the urban renovation programs underway in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods. “In Favignolles, it will be the Robert-Badinter space inaugurated in September: with a post office, an annex town hall, housing, a multi-purpose room for young people!” A school center will be born next year in the Saint-Marc district, after twenty years of waiting. “The problem is not the projects, it's the money! For the thirty-fifth consecutive year, the city will not increase its share of the property tax.”

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