As part of the BBC’s ongoing series on Europe, Simon Davis visited the beautiful French city of Nantes
. Situated in the Pays de la Loire region (the Loire country, after the river that flows through it), close to the Atlantic, Nantes has seen a rapid increase in the number of people who comes from Paris, and other big cities to make it their home.Mr Davis had the good fortune to meet the Mayor of the city, Mr Ayrault. And he pushed forth the question, “So, why do so many people from other parts of France come and settle in Nantes? Parce que c’est la ville la plus belle en France? (Is it because it is the most beautiful city in France?)”
The Mayor’s reply: “Oui, il y a des parcs, des jardins, la qualité de la vie… (Yes, there are many parks, gardens, and the quality of life…) But more importantly, this is a place which you can call home. You know, it is like what people say ‘Home, sweet home’. Your home need not be the best in the world, but it is still your home – the only place where you don’t feel like a stranger. That is Nantes. Anyone who comes here will say, ‘This is home!’”
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