French National Network

Samatan was host city this year for the yearly general assembly of the French Cittaslow Network and the Mayor Hervé Lefebvre gave a warm welcome to all the participants.

For the 10 French towns,  it is always a very pleasant opportunity to meet and exchange about what happened during the last year.

Mr Pierre Beaudran, Coordinator of the French Network, provided a detailed review of the activities carried out.  The COVID-19 didn’t allow to meet earlier this year as we used to do.

Agenda items : many requests from the media (newspapers, magazines, radios, televisions) and towns  concerning the philosophy of the label, participation at university conferences, international and national relationships, exchanges of good practices, projects  ….

At the moment, several French towns are preparing their application file and we could see the French Network growing up very soon if they are able to validate the required criteria.

The financial balance sheet was presented by the treasurer, Mr Alain Gaube, Mayor of Labastide d’Armagnac and showed a very healthy situation.

Then, the renewal of the board was carried out.

Pierre Beaudran, who isn’t the Mayor of Mirande anymore, was asked by the new Mayor of Mirande, Patrick Fanton to represent Mirande. He was reelected unanimously as President of the French Cittaslow Network.

Mrs Maryne Philippe, deputy mayor of Créon, was appointed vice-president.

Colette Laurichesse, deputy mayor of Segonzac and Alain Gaube, Mayor of Labastide were both reelected as secretary and treasurer.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Lefebvre didn’t fail to present all the environmental qualities and culinary delights of his lovely city.

As a reminder, the 10 towns which compose the French Cittaslow Network are : 

Segonzac, Labastide d’Armagnac, Mirande, Créon, Saint Antonin Noble Val, Valmondois, Loix en Ré, Samatan, Simorre, Cazaubon.