“The great potential of Saint-Nazaire is its people!”
Clémence Priou, lifestyle chronicler
Restaurants, shops, walks... no good plan escapes the lifestyle chronicler Clémence Priou in her blog La Nazairienne, also developed in a clothing brand that has become famous in the media.
“After living in Paris and London for a dozen years I chose to settle here. I liked the image of Saint-Nazaire because it isn’t too smooth. It’s a town where you can feel good because it doesn’t give you a complex. It still has plenty of rough edges. It has kept its super-authentic industrial side and hasn’t been too tempted by the sirens of change from the seaside resort. At the same time, it has done a good reconstruction job. Everything that’s been done beside the seafront is also a masterstroke! There are still things that need inventing... What I see in Saint-Nazaire is potential. I’m sure that when the Petit Maroc neighbourhood has been renovated it’s going to take off. It’s quite a young town. It’s full of breeding grounds for creativity or artistic talent: people making an effort to put things in place. “For me, the great potential of Saint-Nazaire is its people!”
Philippe Hui, artistic director and orchestra leader
“You feel as if you’re at the heart of something modern, technological and social”
A Saint-Nazaire resident for 10 years, Philippe Hui is an artistic director and orchestra leader. In particular, he has set up the Philharmonie des Deux Mondes, an unusual orchestra with the ambition to make all the great works of the classical repertoire accessible.
“Seen from the outside, people often get a wrong impression of Saint-Nazaire, a town constrained by a past linked to reconstruction. But living there I feel at the heart of something modern, linked to the Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Airbus, which are world leaders with their cutting-edge technologies, but also associated with the town’s very dynamic social dimension and associations. It is easy to create projects here. The associations are very active and on the look-out for original projects, such as getting an orchestra to play outside properties in the neighbourhoods. I also love the town, of course, for its sea front. Every time I come back from concerts in Paris or elsewhere I am captivated by the view of the estuary really near my home, magnified by the sunlight at the end of the day.”
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