Sunday, November 7, 2021
Can’t find postmen
Villagers protest against the name of the street
In a small French town, delivery drivers have trouble finding the right address. Nevertheless, many residents are still strongly against the introduction of street names. An anonymous letter of protest stating the reason.
After hundreds of years without street names, the planned introduction of street names in the small town of Faux-la-Montagne in central France is causing protests. This station was reported by France Bleu. Mayor Katherine Moulin invited residents to consider street names together. She says delivery services don’t always find their way, and so do personal care services.
But the authors of an anonymous letter of protest that residents found in their mailboxes argue that street names make it easier for companies like Amazon to conquer the city of Faux-la-Montagne with their range of goods. And that’s not good.
Another resident fears that the introduction of names would lead to unnecessary urbanisation. You definitely have street names, but not on signs, just in your head. “There’s a back alley, and I call it Old Ladies’ Street because there are so many old ladies out there.” Also, you always show the way to the postman when there is a problem.
But the postman’s problems have been increasing for some time, broadcaster BFMTV learned, as the Post is increasingly dependent on temporary workers for its entire professional life rather than using a messenger in the village as it used to be. According to a 1994 decree, street names and house numbers are only mandatory in France in places with more than 2000 residents. Nevertheless, the local council now wants to find a solution by the end of the year.
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