Tati wouldn’t recog­nise it

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Savour a rare story about French lo­cal gov­ern­ment in th­ese pages. The pretty lit­tle town of St Marc sur Mer gained iconic sta­tus as the venue for Jac­ques Tati’s mishaps in the un­touch­able Mon­sieur Hu­lot’s Hol­i­day. You’d think the stuffed shirts in L’Ho­tel de Ville (or what­ever it’s called) would be run­ning up T-shirts and tea tow­els. Not so. It seems that the au­thor­i­ties in St Nazaire, of which St Marc sur Mer is of­fi­cially a sub­urb, rather ob­ject to their satel­lite’s in­de­pen­dent sta­tus and have be­gun re­mov­ing the re­sort’s name from road signs.

“St Marc is the place where Tati chose to film and . . . it is a name which de­serves to stay,” fumed lo­cal politi­cian Jean-Louis Garnier.

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