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From lost treasures in Padirac to the crazy project to change street names in Cahors – Medialot

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– The Gouffre de Padirac is no longer just one of the emblematic attractions of Lot tourism (and incidentally one of the best cellars for our Malbecs…). Obviously, it has also become a very good spot for top athletes. On Tuesday, the management of chasm thus tweeted: “Last night, the Gouffre de Padirac welcomed the Paris firefighters as part of their special diving training. IThey took advantage of this training 103 meters underground to visit the Gouffre and rid the bottom of the river of a few objects that had fallen into the water following the clumsiness of certain visitors! » We do not know if an exhibition is planned to present the treasures thus collected…

– Another natural (and tourist) treasure of the Lot: the Pech Merle cave. At the beginning of the week, the site welcomed researchers from… southern Africa! “Second day for the Botswana delegation in France. We went to Pech Merle Cave to discuss rock art and preservation” explained on Twitter an eminent scientist, Laurent Brusselsattached to the Traces laboratory (Archaeological Work and Research on Cultures, Spaces and Societies) of the CNRS in Toulouse and the University of Johannesburg.

– We will no longer sell combustion engine cars from 2035. Our colleagues from Release have called on a famous Lotois by adoption to comment on the information that came from Brussels this week… “End of thermal vehicles: the second death of Pompidou. We lend him the axiom “the French, they like cars”, he who liked to arrive at the Elysée at the wheel of his Porsche 356 “.

– Our dive into the Archives takes us this week back to 1942. Exactly 80 years ago, when the country was going through one of the worst periods in its history, Lot intellectuals took advantage of the temporary triumph of Pétainism (which flatters regionalism) to imagine rename and therefore rename certain streets in Cahors. We read in the Journal du Lot dated June 10, 1942: We have already commented, some time ago, on a deliberation taken by the Société des Etudes du Lot concerning the names of streets in Cahors. It is time, we believe, to return to it now that the first effervescence has died down and that the question can be examined dispassionately and with composure. From now on we can say that the deliberation of the Society seems to us very just and very wise. It is not inspired by any partisan spirit and only by the concern to restore to the names of the streets of Cadurance the local and regional meaning that it is so natural to keep them. She proposes to rename a certain number of streets and she gives the following reasons: Rue Blanqui, avenue Jean Jaurès, rue Emile-Zola and rue Anatole-France, because these names were given to them in an inspiration sectarian and — we will add — with the desire to affirm the triumph of party politics and perhaps the secret pleasure of offending the feelings of some of our fellow citizens. Rue du President-Wilson and Place Aristide-Briand, because these names—which are no longer justified today—are foreign to the country. »

– In addition, the article lists names that are problematic because they designate several places: “The place or rue de l’Abreuvoir; the place or rue des Carmes; the Champollion square or quay; the street or the impasse de la Chantrerie…” Then follow the suggestions of the SEL: “To avoid confusing the members of the same family and so that the son does not usurp the glory of the father, the name should be accompanied by the main first name followed, below, by the quality of the character, then by the dates of his birth and his death. Regarding the position: the plates should be brought to a height that makes them easy to read for passers-by and tourists. Finally, before proposing a certain number of Lotois, Quercynois and Cadurcien names accompanied by the titles which should give them this illustration, the Société des Etudes du Lot insists on this idea that every city should have: to designate its squares and streets with names recalling its past glories and its famous children or those who have rendered good service to the country and the city. »

– It is in the edition of June 17, 1942 that a first list is thus suggested: “ Guyon de Maleville (16th and 17th Centuries), born Cazals. First Quercy chronicler. His manuscript “Esbats du Maleville sur Te païs de Quercy” was discovered in 1804 by Champollion-Figeac Grenoble Library. The Société des Etudes published this manuscript in its bulletin of 1900. Guillaume de Lacroix (1575-1614), born Cahors. Quercy historian, author of the most important work to come out of the Cadurcian presses in the 17th century [Claude Bousseau, imprimeur (1617)]. Jean de Vezins (died 1581). Seneschal. Governor of Quercy in 1576. Antoine du Puy (17th century). Esquire, Councilor to the King, Professor at the University of Cahors. First perpetual mayor of the city (1694) whose office bought by the city in 1699 was exercised by the Consuls until 1701. Jean-Jacques Lefranc de Pompignan (1709-1786). Born in Montauban, died in Pompignan. Magistrate. Poet. First president of the Cour des Aides. Member of the French Academy. Author of: Sacred poetry and philosophical discourses; Odes; Works and games; The Georgics, etc. Joseph Treneuil (1763-1818). Born in Cahors. Elegiac poet. Cantor of the Tombs of Saint-Denis, the Orphan of the Temple. The martyrdom of Louis XVI, etc. Saint Genulphe (3rd century). The first bishop of Cahors around 260.

“Alain de Solminihac (1593-1659). Born in the castle of Belet in Périgord. Abbot reformer of the abbey of Chancelade, Bishop of Cahors in 1636. Reformer of the diocese. Founder of the Seminary, of the hospital for incurables (Hospice Saint-Projet), of the hospital for Orphans (today Maison Delcros), of the hospital for orphans (today the location of the Post Office). Great builder of charitable works. Léon Lacabane (1798-1884), born in Fons. Curator of the National Library. Professor then director at the École des Chartes (1857). Author of historical works. Emile Dufour (1815-1872). Born in Cahors. Lawyer. Quercy historiographer. We have from him: Historical studies on Quercy (men and things 1864-1872: The Church of Cahors; Note on Cahors; Documents for the history of the former province of Quercy; Studies on the provincial assembly of Haute-Guienne; The town of Cahors in the Middle Ages. Joseph Daymard (1846-1939). Born in Sérignac. One of the first pioneers of the regionalist and tourist cause. Author of Le Vieux Cahors (1909-1927); of Vieux chants popular in Quercy.” On June 20, other names were published. To be read in an upcoming column…

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