Tati wouldn’t recognise it
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.